Ugandans, Forest explains, "have mixed feelings about Idi Amin. On the one hand, they see him as someone who killed a lot of people. On the other hand, they sort of look at him in some ways as a hero, someone who took the world stage. So they've been able to reconcile these two things in a really interesting way."
The hard work paid off as he captures the complicated, intricate layers of Amin's personality—the showman, the charmer, the decorated warrior, the volatile and murderous paranoid—"in every breath," Oprah says.
Forest says he has been enjoying the praise for his work for one very simple reason. "I hope it makes people go out and see the movie because I feel very proud of it," he says.