Forest Whitaker: Each role brings me no challenge
Cannes celebrates in her new session
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> The announcement of African-American actor Forest Whitaker’s holiday was a wonderful surprise in itself, reflecting the desire to redirect attention to actor soldiers, who insist on work and artistic success that reflects their hidden and good talent. . translated into those important moments on screen through numerous films.
The actor has appeared in more than 130 films from 1982 to date. In the first ten years of his career, he starred in “The Color of Money” by Martin Scorsese, “Blaton” by Olives Reid and “Good Morning, Vietnam” by Barry Levinson, before jumping into the Bird Championship. by Clint. Eastwood, which was the first meeting between the actor and the festival, which appeared in 1988.
Whitaker’s career did not stop there, and in the 1990s he witnessed a number of films that confirmed his uniqueness, including “The Crying Game” by Neil Jordan (1992), “Ghost Dog: The Samurai Way” by Jim Jarmusch (“Cannes”). in 1999) and “The Angel” Fourth “by John Irving (2001), and starred in” The Room of Fear “by David Fincher (2002) .He has a presence you notice and do not leave in every scene of these films and others.
The interview took place on the occasion of the movie “Respect”, which was a celebration of the spiritual singer Aretha Franklin and at that time the festival had not announced the honoring of Whitaker in this session.
> Aretha Franklin was the “Queen of Soul,” as she was called, and you must have heard her songs in your youth. Was it nostalgia that pushed you to participate in this film?
Maybe in the background or maybe you are in the second row of motifs. What I wanted to embody here is part of a whole life that surrounded the singer and the film presented her best in front of the viewers. Like many African-American singers in the 1960s and 1970s, Franklin belonged to her period and culture. Without it, we would still be celebrating the songs of that period and its stars. I wanted to be part of this celebration.
> I think your role in this film as Aretha Franklin’s father, carried more than the presence of the camera. I have always felt that there is more to you than just representing a father.
– For example?
> For example, did the father want to take advantage of his daughter’s success, or was he actually supporting her in her belief in her talent?
– This is a good question; Because there were already so many important questions that there was no time to raise them. And I think you can look at the issue from these two perspectives. He was certainly sincere in her support, but that raises the question of whether he understands his position on this success. In my opinion, he was a sincere person in his intentions, though this does not deny that he was the beneficiary of his daughter’s success. To what extent this constitutes a contradiction depends on you and the viewer.
> I read about you once that seeks to understand the characters by communicating with people. Can you explain this to us?
-Of course. What I wanted to say is that during my life and from the beginning I wanted to be a better person than I am, and to achieve that, I had to learn and educate and be open to people. because this communication with those who have certain human and artistic advantages, sharpens the person that in me I want to look good when I play a role.
> You had another encounter with music when you played the character of saxophonist Charlie Parker in “Bird.” I was the whole movie and with all the suffering of the character I played. Is personality study required up to the point of integration?
– Yes, I have studied personality, but there is no “integration limit”. I do not think an actor should turn into a copy of the character he plays. Yes, he has to be good at diagnostics, honest and sincere, but integration is far from the desired goal and the danger in this is that the actor may sacrifice the ability to study the same character to appear related to the original .
> This is like some actors trying to master the tone of not speaking to the point of losing what is most important.
– Yes, in general. Charlie Parker’s character is very deep, intertwined with emotional and social problems, difficult periods of time and drug addiction, and to master all of these, you try to understand those circumstances and not how this character did what did.
> How sure were you that you wanted to become an actor?
– Let me tell you something: at first I was very puzzled. Do I really want to be an actor? Even when I was going to start working for “Zogu” I had this question. I remember once talking to (director) Clint Eastwood when he noticed that I was taking quick steps in my journey as an actor and fast. I said, “Let me be honest with you. “I’m still not sure I want to be an actor.” “This is a good start and I think you will find out that you were born to be an actor after this role,” he said.
> Are challenges needed when things go the way you want them to? I mean, when does it succeed?
– Of course. This is a must for any actor, (laughs) Probably not for any actor. Not every role brings me a challenge that I reject. I’m not here to be the number one name among actors. “I’m here to practice the art of diagnostics, and art seeks to face challenges regardless of the outcome.”