Forest Whitaker thinks The Last King of Scotland marked a turning point in his life and admits it was the kind of role he had been searching for his entire career.

The 59-year-old, who won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film, said he feels like he "done everything" that he could to play the part. and admits there "was nothing else more for me to do."

Speaking to Collider, he said: "It's really late in my career, but I kept striving for that. To be able to disappear inside of a character. And for you just to see that character, hopefully not me.

"I look back on other films and stuff, and now with time I've been able to see there was some qualities and I’m like, I appreciate that.

"But that was one where I felt that I’d done everything that I could to play the part. And there was nothing else more for me to do."

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

The acclaimed star said his Oscars success boosted his profile but admits he doesn't think it changed the direction his career went in.

"I think there's some respect around it.

"The thing was that before I got the Oscar, I was playing really diverse characters. I was playing Charlie Parker Bird, and then Crying Game and Smoke and all these different films with different types of characters.

"And after, I still continued to play all these different kinds of characters in different kinds of films."

"I can’t say it wasn’t a negative. It was a positive. But I continued to follow pretty much the path that I had taken all along."

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

For more movie news, click here