When he was great: Bird (1988), The Crying Game (1992), Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999), The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
Since then: The Air I Breathe (2007), Vantage Point (2008), Street Kings (2008), Powder Blue (2009), Repo Men (2010)
To say that Forest Whitaker has gone the way of Halle Berry would a bit harsh, since, frankly, he hasn’t made anything as wretched as Catwoman since winning his first Oscar for 2006’s The Last king Of Scotland. Yet the similarities are tough to completely overlook. Like Ms. Berry, Whitaker has been working steadily following the wake of Academy Award fever, so it’s not for lack of effort; the problem is, however, that he’s picked some rather lame projects to capitalize on what should’ve been a career-changing moment.
Seriously, you have an Oscar to your name, so why would you play second fiddle to Keanu Reeves in a perfunctory crime flick (Street Kings)? Or sign onto a second-rate thriller that’s only notable for being the movie in which Jessica Biel goes topless while playing a stripper (Powder Blue)? OK, we can understand that last one, but, still, an actor of Whitaker’s esteem deserves far better.