Forest Whitaker is 'Out of the Furnace' and onto 'GMA'

The Academy Award winner talks about his new movie and Oscar buzz surrounding 'The Butler.'
3:00 | 12/03/13

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Transcript for Forest Whitaker is 'Out of the Furnace' and onto 'GMA'
Surely you remember when forest whitaker took home the oscar for playing idi amin in "the last king of scotland." And for his dignified role in lee daniel's "the butler." Now, "out of the furnace." . He plays a county sheriff to help christian bale's character find his brother who has disappeared. His whereabouts lead him to people who, let's just say, they live their lives outside of the law. Generations of people, never come down off that mountain. Their breed of justice does not include us. They aren't going to look for rodney? You're walking down the wrong road. I say I would handle it. Please welcome forest whitaker here. I watched this last night. It's a little grity. It's pretty intense. It's very intense. The struggle trying to find a good life in the country, in this little town where there's no opportunities. And I think you start to feel the grit of people just trying to pull themselves out to a better life. Doing the best they can. And for the most part, doing it within the law. There's a group that's doing it outside. You talk about the intensity. Christian bale, his character. And you spent some time on screen with him. How's he? He's a great actor. So focused. So dedicated. I really wanted to work with him. This is an amazing opportunity. The character he plays goes through so many different journeys inned this movie. It's pretty special. He surprised me at the end. I'm not going to give it away. I have to leave it at that. But woody harrelson. Casey affleck. Sam shepard. Willem dafoe. Casey is monstrous. They all did amazing performances. It helps this movie fly. It's a community or a world you haven't seen before. We can see you in so many different roles. And I know that lee daniel's "the butler" is being released this time of year. Getting oscar buzz. You're getting mentioned for playing the butler. How do you handle it all? I've been having a lot of films coming out. I've been promoting those films. And it's exciting when people want to celebrate your work. And particularly, this movie is important. I think it has a story that's very important. I'm very proud of being involved with it. There's so many great artists in the movie. And a film that's out right now that I've seen, "black nativity." You know this man can sing? He went to usc. I did. And has -- you have a vocal background. I started in music, actually. I was studying classical voice. Opera? Yeah. I got my first agent in opera, actually. Go. Yeah. I'll play good cop. That's the bad cop. I know. You sing on camera, on screen, with jennifer hudson. That was crazy. Her voice is so amazing. She's amazing. And to get to do a duet with her was a real special thing. That's a great gift for me forever. Is it true that the kids tell you not to sing at home? They can't bear it. Dad, please. Even if I'm humming. It's not -- actually, lately, after this movie, I feel like they're opening up just a little bit. Well, I mean, you have to go on youtube. You can hear in your performance and get the soundtrack. It's not going to happen, josh. It's just not going to happen. We gave it the old college try. Forest, all the best to you. And it's a pleasure having you come by. "Out of the furnace" opens nationwide on friday. Coming up, fabio is here, with a new twist on some great,

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