Monday, February 19, 2007

Frankenstein's monster in Idi Amin film

The Oscar-nominated film "The Last King of Scotland," premeiered in Kampala on Saturday and Ugandans got a haunting opportunity to see a realistic portrayal of their blood-thirsty former dictator, Idi Amin.

Forest Whitaker, tipped to win an Oscar for his performance, brings out Amin's complex character -- lurching between being warm and fun-loving to being a sadistic monster, fueled by paranoia of even his closest aides.

Describing Amin's character Whitaker said, "There was this deliberate instability, something about him that unnerved people when he did the unexpected. It was as if he were able to step outside of himself and observe, taking a measure of the other individual, then gain advantage on them by suddenly switching from anger to laughter or vice versa."

Idi Amin was a brutal dictator and up to 400,000 people are believed to have been killed under his rule.

Tanzanian troops outsted the blood-thirsty dictator in 1979. Amin fled to Libya, then Iraq, before finally settling in Saudi Arabia, where he was allowed to remain till he died in 2003.

He never faced trial for the crimes he committed against humanity.

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