*Forest Whitaker was at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday to discuss his new movie “Two Men in Town” when talk inevitably turned to his starring role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” and why it was totally shut out at the Oscars.
“You can never gauge things of that nature, all you can gauge is the experience you had,” he told reporters. “I had an amazing experience; it was life-altering for me and I felt very proud of what we accomplished.”
Whitaker’s “Two Men in Town” co-star Brenda Blethyn chimed in, “We don’t make films to win awards. We make them to entertain the paying public. If awards come along that’s great… Somehow, the perception is if it doesn’t win an award it’s a failure. It’s not true.”
“Two Men In Town,” based on the 1973 Alain Delon/Jean Gabin film, deals with questions of racial profiling, religion and immigration. Whitaker plays an ex-con just out of prison who, despite his new-found Islamic faith, struggles with violent impulses. Harvey Keitel and Luis Guzman co-star.
Watch a clip from “Two Men In Town” below: