Forest Whitaker

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Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

As an actor, I've always wanted to do characters that would help me find my connection with others and connect all of us together. You always want the energy of the character, the spirit of the person, to enter you. I've been doing this for 26 years and some of the things I've done are always with me.More Forest Whitaker [07/19/2011 12:07:07]
I can play a man who's despicable. But I'll still look inside him to find a point of connection. If I can find that kernel, audiences will relate to me.More Forest Whitaker [07/19/2011 12:07:13]
I care about people. In the end, I think they feel it. It comes across, regardless of the character I'm portraying.More Forest Whitaker [07/19/2011 12:07:21]
I really wasn't even sure if I should continue acting. I would like try and figure out if I could be good enough to do it. It was like 10 or 12 years into my career before I felt like maybe I can do it. It was such a different time than now.More Forest Whitaker [07/19/2011 12:07:27]
I'm an actor. And I guess I've done so many movies I've achieved some high visibility. But a star? I guess I still think of myself as kind of a worker ant.More Forest Whitaker [07/19/2011 12:07:35]
In a lot of films, they're showing more complete, developed characters of diverse ethnic backgrounds. The larger concern is to be able to tastefully explore the stereotypes, and still move past them to see the core of people.More Forest Whitaker [07/19/2011 12:07:42]
It is possible for a kid from east Texas, raised in south central LA and Carson, who believes in his dreams, commits himself to them with his heart, to touch them and to have them happen.More Forest Whitaker [07/19/2011 12:07:59]
My parents moved to Los Angeles when I was really young, but I spent every summer with my grandparents, and I'd stay with my grandfather on the farm in Longview. He was retired from the railroad, and he had a small farm with some cows and some pigs. I remember part of my youth was feeding hogs and plowing fields and stuff, so that's a part of me.More Forest Whitaker [07/19/2011 12:07:09]
Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.More Forest Whitaker [07/19/2011 12:07:15]
And God, God who believes in us all. And who's given me this moment, in this lifetime, that I will hopefully carry to the end of my lifetime into the next lifetime.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is important to make the best out of every generation.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The other night I was walking down the stairs behind one of my daughters. I was tired, and she was goofing around, you know like kids do, doing all this stupid stuff on the stairs. And I was thinking, please just go down the stairs and let's get you to bed. It's after your bedtime. I've had enough for one day. And then I sort of caught myself. I snapped out of it. I was like, 'dude, you should be dancing down the stairs behind her'!More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do look at that thematic of healing of humanity.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In every project, I always look for the depth of humanity inside of it. I'm just trying to say if we can help in some way heal the equation with [Afro-Americans] what's going on with us as people.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's a unique experience when you're doing an independent film where you have one person who puts up all the funds to make the film.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I stay true, because whatever the project is, I'm still looking for inside of that character.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Until film is just as easily accessible as a pen or pencil, then it's not completely an art form. In painting you can just pick up a piece of chalk, a stick or whatever. In sculpture you can get a rock. Writing you just need a pencil and paper.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I went through two schools of acting but I learned more about acting from meditating and from my marshall arts teacher.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's a thing you confront when you're going into something new and you come to this sort of abyss, and then you push yourself. It makes you try different things.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I try to serve the character all the time; this one took a lot of work and was consuming. It's like climbing up a ladder and sometimes you're afraid to face yourself so you make excuses; you avoid going to the top of the ladder and look in the mirror.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I like to play complex characters and the duality, and trying to reach for the light, it's more interesting really. I've gotten to play so many types of guys and I just try to find the humanity in each one of them the best I can.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There was a time in my acting career, where I was trying to figure out if acting was the thing to do. You know? I was always on this journey of trying to learn more about humanity and people - using the characters and situations as guideposts. I could switch up and do another job as long as I'm continuing that same search and that same journey of revealing my connection to humanity and the universe. And directing gives me the opportunity to explore ALL these different lives and their connection to their environments anMore Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I try to be like a forest: revitalizing and constantly growing.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The true wealth of a community is measured by how carefully it listens to its women and how sincerely it values their wisdom. Empowering women empowers us all.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.More Forest Whitaker [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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