In Cannes, where the 75th film festival opened, Forest Whitaker was tonight’s international star on Tuesday 17 May. The American actor received a palm of honor for a career that was especially marked by the Performance Prize, which was awarded here in 1988 in Bird, by Clint Eastwood.
We saw him as a bloodthirsty tyrant in Kevin Macdonald’s The Last King of Scotland 2006, where he played Idi Amin Dada. He was also a contract killer in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, by Jim Jarmusch in 1999. But of course, Forrest Whitaker seems to be the most peaceful of men.
The 60-year-old actor is not content with just shining in Hollywood. Ten years ago, he created an NGO that fights poverty, from South Sudan to Mexico. A humanitarian fiber born during filming on the African continent.
“I worked in Uganda and I met the manager of an orphanage in the north of the country. And I recognized, in the eyes of the children, what I myself had experienced when I was growing up: the stress, the problems we have to overcome. I started working in Uganda, to create housing, and then with Unesco, to create branches elsewhere in the world. But of course it all started when I connected to my African roots “, he explains.
He is a look, a way, a legend that impresses … Actor, director and producer Forest Whitaker will receive an honorary palace at the opening ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival tonight at 19.00. # Cannes2022 pic.twitter.com/gp8BO9YfeE
– Cannes Film Festival (@Festival_Cannes) 17 May 2022 A humanitarian commitment that also runs through France, with planned measures in the Seine-Saint-Denis department. Forest Whitaker also mixes film and humanitarianism by producing the documentary Au nom de la Paix, a film directed by Christophe Castagne and Thomas Sametin, shot in a camp for displaced people in South Sudan and shown here as a world premiere.