Forest Whitaker: movie actor with strabismus

Movie ticketForest Whitaker suffers from strabismus. Yet he is currently receiving wide-spread applause for his performance as Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.”

Here are some quotes about Forest Whitaker:

“With his jug ears, hulking physique and lazy eye, Forest Whitaker always has been an unlikely movie star…. In 24 years, he has appeared in 39 movies, many you’ve never heard of….”
Houston Chronicle

“His early success weren?t without struggles. He?s afflicted with a ‘lazy eye’ condition called strabismus, and had to find filmmakers willing to ignore it.”
Tonawanda News

“Even with strabismus and several inches on the real-life Amin, Whitaker takes the task of playing a true-life character in a fictional movie to a whole other level.”

Here are more links to photos that show Whitaker’s strabismus and droopy left eye:

For more about Forest Whitaker, see his bio at Wikipedia.

The purpose of this article is to show what a person with strabismus has accomplished by his persistence, determination, and patience in developing his talent and skill in spite of his strabismus.

This article should not be taken as a recommendation for the movie “The Last King of Scotland.” This movie is rated R for some strong violence and gruesome images, sexual content and language. I do not plan to see the movie, and readers are advised to make their own decisions based on the ratings, content reviews, and their personal preferences.

Photo credit: Chris Ayers

3 thoughts on “Forest Whitaker: movie actor with strabismus”

  1. That is why I love and can remember Forest Whitaker. His eye!! That makes him an excellent actor and helps him to stand out from the other actors.

    Everything Forest Whitaker touches, turns into GOLD! He puts his all into his craft.

    He is an actor many actors should study!!! All directors should hope to work with someone with Forest Whitaker’s talents, professionalism and maturity!

  2. Everything? Lets not forget Battlefield Earth w/Travolta. That was the worst movie I have ever seen.

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