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[on director Lee Daniels] He's so present emotionally, and raw. And sometimes you finish a scene and you go over to him, and he'd just be weeping tears in his chair, crying. Coming over to say 'Was that okay?' He's so present and sometimes he just screams out laughing in the middle of a scene. It's kind of exhilarating and sort of unbalancing at the same time.
He tried to be as bulky as possible to play Big Harold in Platoon
(1986), but the vigorous boot-camping training, bad food and rough shoot caused him to lose a lot of weight. When he noticed Whitaker was getting thinner, Oliver Stone
said to him, "What are you doing? You're supposed to be 'Big' Harold".
His left eye, which can not open fully due to the hereditary condition ptosis.