This week saw the release of Philippe Caland’s Repentance on DVD. In it, a spiritualist author finds his life taking a turn for the worst when he takes on a new client, a man unable to come to terms with his mother’s death.
Anthony Mackie plays the author, whilst critically acclaimed actor Forest Whitaker plays the troubled mourner. Whitaker has had a long, and very successful career, with a unique look, and a true dedication to his craft. His filmography shows he has had dozens of memorable performances, here are six of the best.
Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker (Bird)
Clint Eastwood’s 1988 biopic of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker was Whitaker’s first starring role. It charts Parker’s life, from his childhood, up to his death at the young age of thirty-four. The troubled, yet highly talented musician saw his promising career severely hampered by his heroin addiction, and it fell to Whitaker to authentically convey this complex character.
To prepare for the role, Whitaker took saxophone lessons, and spent the time leading up to filming alone in his loft, with just a sax for company. It was time well spent. Whitaker transforms into the tortured musician, portraying the man’s great talent, as well as his loneliness, battling the horrors of drug addiction whilst struggling to stop it affecting the few sympathetic friends around him.
A great first starring role which drew a much deserved Golden Globe nomination for Whitaker’s performance.