Trivia / The Last King of Scotland

  • Billing Displacement: Forest Whitaker is billed first even though James McAvoy plays the central character (and therefore has considerably more screen time).
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Forest Whitaker gained some fifty pounds of weight for the role. Also in a rather literal sense of this, he mentioned in an interview that his actual skin was also colored to better match the real Idi Amin.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • For the scene early on where Idi Amin speaks before the cheering crowd of villagers, the filmmakers didn't have to tell the extras to react that way... because they all believed that Forrest Whitaker really was Idi Amin.
    • The director decided to use local Ugandan children as extras for a scene where James McAvoy's character is giving vaccinations. Of course, the director did not tell the children or their parents/other adults with them that the syringes were just props. Many of the children thought they were really going to get shots, so their apprehension and nervousness is completely real.
  • Fake Nationality: The main Ugandans are played two Americans (Forest Whitaker and Kerry Washington) and a Brit of Nigerian descent (David Oyelowo).
  • Follow the Leader: Came out among several other African conflict films after the success of Black Hawk Down.
  • Promoted Fanboy: James McAvoy loved The X-Files as a teen and fancied Agent Dana Scully, so he found it intimidating to work with Gillian Anderson, whom he had to kiss in one scene.