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FOREST WHITAKER: Another 'Meaty' Role

By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices

Academy Award hopeful Forest Whitaker may be playing an alleged cannibal in his critically acclaimed turn as Idi Amin in 'The Last King of Scotland,' but in real life, the former super-sized actor doesn't eat meat at all.

According to a spokesperson for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the highly regarded actor, director and producer recently took time out of his busy schedule to star — along with his seven-year-old daughter, True — in a new pro-vegetarian TV spot for the not for profit animal rights organization.

"Life is full of choices, and many years ago, I chose to become a vegetarian," said the 45-year-old former 'Twilight Zone' host, who grew up in Longview, Texas -- renowned as cattle country. "[I]t was one of the best choices I’ve ever made."

His gorgeous little daughter, True (pictured with him) has reportedly followed in her dad’s compassionate footsteps and forgoes meat as well. "I love animals, and I love being a vegetarian," she says.

"You may decide to go vegetarian for better health, for a better environment," he said, citing a variety of reasons for going vegetarian. "Or you can be like True and me and just decide you don’t want to eat meat anymore."

Whitaker joins a growing list of popular actors who have been recognized by the animal rights organization as vegetarians. Some of them include Angela Bassett, Alec Baldwin, David Duchovny, Sir Ian McKellen, Kim Basinger, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman.

(photo furnished by PETA)

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