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"Go back to your banana tree, nigger..." I say, quoting his lines from The Crying Game. "You like that one, huh?" he says with a smile. Yeah, I love that. That and "But, you didn't persuade me," from The Last King of Scotland. "You enjoyed a portrayal of Idi Amin? Wow, I never would have guessed," he says with a knowing smile.

I don't know if he's trying to say that I'm a despotic dictator or something, but here's what I know. I understood what Idi was saying when he chastised his advisor for not overcoming Idi's personality and proclivities.

"What did you understand about the banana tree quote?" he asks.

I understood that he was an individual--different from practically everyone in the most fundamental of ways, which had nothing to do with race--and all he wanted to do was live his life and he was just observing the world and the ways of the community he'd chosen and thinking, "How do I function in this society?"

"Right," he says with a nod. Because, let's be honest. If they were willing to talk about banana trees... "Right," he says nodding. What would they have said if they knew what was truly different about him?

"Do you feel that way?" he asks. I don't feel that way because I'm Gd. "Right," he says with a smile. But, I remember what it was like when I thought I was human.

"Interesting," he says.

Wikipedia said:

Forest Steven Whitaker III (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director who has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, The Crying Game, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Great Debaters, The Butler, and Arrival.

He has also appeared in blockbusters such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Saw Gerrera and Black Panther as Zuri.

For his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, Whitaker won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and various critics groups' awards for a lead acting performance.

- So sayeth Wikipedia, 09/02/2019 19:56:52

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