New York: â€œI had moments where the directors were open enough to let me do that, yeah,â€ he told Newsweek. â€œIn Good Morning, Vietnam,â€™ my character was written as a nerdy Jewish guy. In The Color of Money, the character was originally a Yuppie.â€
Whitaker received a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He also is considered a favorite for an acting Oscar.
But there was a time when his family had doubts about his choice of careers. â€œI wasnâ€™t making much money, and sometimes really struggling, but I was, like, No, Ma. This is what I want to do. Those were difficult conversations because I had my own doubts,â€ he said.
â€œIt took me a long time to feel comfortable thinking, â€˜Iâ€™m an actor. I can do this,â€™â€ he said.