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I've been fortunate I guess: I've gotten to play a lot of very diverse roles for quite a long time. But in the beginning, I was thinking 'I'm not gonna do certain characters. I will be willing to say no and and live on a couch'. And I was really happy. Maybe more happy sometimes than in latter years when I had more, when I was thinking and considering more things for different reasons - for ...
Won 23 major awards for his portrayal of Idi Amin
in The Last King of Scotland
(2006) including all the awards that are considered the biggest (except Cannes). He was also nominated for one more award, and won BET's "Best Actor" for the same year (presumably for the same film).
Often plays characters that are, or are inspired by, historical figures