Object of my obsession: Forest Steven Whitaker – July 15, 1961
My favorite appearances: The Experiment – Barris, The Air I Breathe – Happiness, Powder Blue – Charlie, Vantage Point – Howard Lewis
When people think fangirl they think of some female fawning and swooning over the latest hot actor with Hollywood looks and a hit tv show or movie. I am so not like that. I fangirl over so many things, actors, actresses, authors, entire tv shows, books, even musicians. While looks are sometimes a factor, presence and talent are what sets my heart aflutter. Which brings us to this week’s Fangirl Friday, Forest Whitaker. I was rummaging through the hot actor/actress file in my head looking a potential subject this post when an interview with Mr. Whitaker came the tv for his newest film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Sitting there listening to him I started to debate whether I was going to go see the movie this weekend. Now I generally hate this type of movie, they either piss me off for one reason, or they piss me off for another. But I will watch just about anything with Forest Whitaker.
When I started listing my favorite appearances by Forest Whitaker the problem wasn’t finding enough, it was narrowing it down. Most “hot” actors only have one or two performances that you like. A few more you tolerate because of the eye candy. But when I’m flicking through movie lists on Netflix and I see Forest is in a feature, I know I’m going to love at least part of it. I’ve not seen a lot of his major movies like The Last King of Scotland or Ghost Dog but I’ve undercovered so many low distribution gems that I would’ve probably never watched had he not been in them.
I think the thing that impresses me most is that he always seems so comfortable in his own skin. Even though many of his characters are timid or unsure, you never feel like Whitaker is forcing himself into the role, he just simply becomes the character.
I think my current favorite role of his is that of Barris in The Experiment. First starting off as a timid, henpecked, man, the experiment turns him into this nearly psychotic leader. It is sometimes difficult to watch the change because, as with every role, Forest Whitaker makes you not see a character, but a real person. And that’s why I’m a Forest Whitaker fangirl.