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[on his role in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
(1999) and how he prepared] I started reading "The Hagekure" and other books, including one called "The Code of the Samurai", and I watched a lot of films. I tried to find his mindset more than anything. It's more like a trance-like state for this character than it is anything else, based in the ancient book that he follows. But I did a lot of ...
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.