Actor Forest Whitaker regrets playing tortured characters in films, as he finds it hard to shake them off when the cameras stop rolling. The actor, famed for his role as Jazz legend CHARLIE PARKER in 1988s Bird, gets so close to the dramatic characters he plays, they seep into his life off set. He says, "I've noticed, when I play characters who are all beat down, I feel worse. Charlie Parker was a loner. A drug addict, you know? Some days, I would get out of bed, and I felt like I didn't want to go on." Whitaker, who is wowing critics at the moment with his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, adds, "Even now, I have to keep myself in check. 'What are you depressed about? Everything is great, you got a great family. Be happy dude"