Idi and Me: 'The Last King of Scotland' The Last King of Scotland stars Forrest Whitaker as charismatic -- and unfathomably murderous -- ruler Idi Amin. In the film adapted from a bestselling book by Giles Foden, the Ugandan dictator's bloody reign is seen through the eyes of a young Scottish doctor who finds himself thrust into Amin's inner circle.

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Idi and Me: 'The Last King of Scotland'

Idi and Me: 'The Last King of Scotland'

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Forest Whitaker (left) as Idi Amin, with James McAvoy, playing a physician who gains the ruler's trust. Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Forest Whitaker (left) as Idi Amin, with James McAvoy, playing a physician who gains the ruler's trust.

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The late African dictator Idi Amin was never content with being called simply the president of Uganda. At news conferences, he favored more fanciful titles like Conqueror of the British Empire.

One name Amin gave himself, the Last King of Scotland, now serves as the title for a fact-based movie thriller.

The Last King of Scotland stars Forrest Whitaker as the charismatic -- and unfathomably murderous -- ruler. In the film adapted from a bestselling book by Giles Foden, the former Ugandan dictator's bloody reign is seen through the eyes of a young Scottish doctor who finds himself thrust into Amin's inner circle.