Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker is currently in Mzansi promoting his lead role in the brand new series, The Godfather of Harlem and he is making every media stop possible!

In his short time in Johannesburg, the legendary actor has made half a dozen appearances on South African TV and radio and he’s been thoroughly enjoying his time in the motherland.

Forest, who won the Best Actor Academy Award for depicting Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, needed no introduction as he spoke to some of the biggest radio presenters in the country this week.

If you’ve followed the Showmax promos, you will have figured out that he’s in town to promote one of America’s hottest new series: Epix’ The Godfather of Harlem.

 

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Set in the 1960s, the story revolves around Bumpy Johnson, played by Forest himself, a middle-aged black man who returns to his childhood neighbourhood after spending a decade in jail. Upon his return he finds that the streets he’s known since he was a child are now controlled by the Italian Mafia. In a bid to restore order and regain control, he takes on the mobs with all the toughness of a Harlem-born city slicker.

The story is based on true events during the baby-boom era.

Forest spoke to 702’s Bongani Bingwa on why he chose the role

“The series was unique because they came to me with an idea to do a show about Bumpy Johnson and they wanted to know if I would be willing to develop the story with them. We went out and got writers who developed the story.”

But Bumpy wasn’t just a gangster who used whatever means he could to run the streets of his old neighbourhood. He was a caring, community-driven character who did his best to give back to those who needed it the most.

Forest explained his values when he added, “Even though Bumpy Johnson is a gangster he has a Robin Hood quality inside his community.”

Forest Whitaker will be in Johannesburg for a meet-and-greet session with the media on Friday evening where he will also be sharing more crucial teasers about the new show which is currently available for streaming on Showmax.

Are you a big Forest Whitaker fan? What would you want to say to him if you met him in person?