Chiwetel Ejiofor
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Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetelu Umeadi "Chiwetel" Ejiofor, OBE is a British actor. He has received numerous acting awards and nominations, including the 2006 BAFTA Awards Rising Star, three Golden Globe Awards' nominations, and the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in Othello.
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Get Ready For A 'Love Actually' Mini-Sequel
Huffington Post - 11 days
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Go inside 'Doctor Strange's' mind-bending fight scene
LATimes - about 1 month
In the signature sequence of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” arguably its most visually compelling film so far, heroes Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are pursued by Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and his Zealots through a New York cityscape fragmented in the Mirror Dimension. ...
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Tilda Swinton Releases Email Exchange With Margaret Cho About Whitewashing In 'Doctor Strange'
Huffington Post - 2 months
Everyone in Hollywood has apparently learned a lesson from the Taylor Swift/Kim Kardashian Snapchat debacle of 2016: always keep your receipts. On Wednesday, comedian Margaret Cho revealed that Tilda Swinton reached out over email to discuss the controversy surrounding her casting as the Ancient One in “Doctor Strange,” a character who is a Tibetan man in comic book canon. Swinton’s casting was immediately met with resistance from the Asian and Asian-American community, which has historically been erased and stereotyped on screen due to Hollywood selecting white actors to play roles intended for them. “Tilda eventually emailed me and she said that she didn’t understand why people were so mad about ‘Doctor Strange’ and she wanted to talk about it, and wanted to get my take on why all the Asian people were mad,” Cho told actor Bobby Lee on his podcast TigerBelly. “It was so weird.” Cho and Swinton evidently had a “long discussion” about whitewashing in the film industry, which ...
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Zaki's Review: <i>Doctor Strange</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
In terms of his presence in the Marvel Comics from whence he sprang, Doctor Strange is always one of those characters who worked better for me in small doses rather than as the star of the show. Now, don't get me wrong, while the so-called "Sorcerer Supreme" of the Marvel Universe has been a mainstay of the line since his 1963 introduction (via Stan Lee &amp; Steve Ditko) and he's anchored his own title(s) for big chunks of that span, I'm more familiar with him as the go-to source for exposition or deus ex magicka depending on the storytelling necessities of Spider-Man, the Hulk, or various other costumed characters. All of this is to say that when the announcement came a few years ago that the good doctor was in line to get the big budget Marvel Studios treatment, I was skeptical that the character could hold up under the scrutiny of having to be the center of the action for two hours and change. Of course, that was before Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man (one of my favorite movi ...
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TV This Week for April 24 - 30: 'Game of Thrones' on HBO
LATimes - 10 months
SUNDAY Comic W. Kamau Bell hits the highway in search of diversity in the new series "United Shades of America." 7 and 10 p.m. CNN And then there were three: Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor may just be the last folks living in the low-key 2015 post-apocalyptic drama "Z for Zachariah."...
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Can the Sci Fi V2.0 of <i>The Martian</i> Net an Oscar?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
While the buzz surrounding The Martian, the 2015 film based on Andy Weir's novel of the same name, directed by the brilliant Ridley Scott, appears to circle more 'round scientific accuracy, its flight of fancy shortcomings (it is, after all a sci fi film, not a documentary) are less for me at issue. Correctness of fact and historic reference (the sling shot debate) or dangling detail (that spare rocketship) take a back seat to what is, in my opinion, its brilliance, as a next step form of commercially viable sci-fi entertainment -- Sci Fi V2.0. The only "bad guy" is the dastardly "schneick happens" axiom -- there is no evil penny-pinching boss, no vengeful compatriot, no emotion-bogged "scientesse" (a la Hathaway's Interstellar damsel. "Interstellar - Time Blown," my review) to drop the proverbial car keys. The Martian possesses its own galaxy of stars, from Chiwetel Ejiofor's gentleman-champion to Jeff Daniels to Kristen Wiig (brought on board primarily for a token bit o' schtick?) ...
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Here's Your Official First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As 'Doctor Strange'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Benedict Cumberbatch looks Marvel-ous as Doctor Stephen Strange on the cover of Entertainment Weekly's "First Look" issue.  The 39-year-old actor is the star of Marvel's magical superhero movie, "Doctor Strange," which will hit theaters November 4, 2016. Though the movie hasn't even finished shooting yet, Cumberbatch spoke with EW about the upcoming film.  "There’s going to be crazy s**t going on," said Cumberbatch of the movie, which will star Tilda Swinton as a mystic called Ancient One, Rachel McAdams as a fellow surgeon, Chiwetel Ejiofor as an associate to the Ancient One and Mads Mikkelsen as a villain.  Cumberbatch admitted to EW at the time of the cover shoot that he still hadn't mastered all of Doctor Strange's moves yet.  "I’m still in the infancy of learning all that," said the actor, adding, "It was like, okay, I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically."  Earlier this year, fans were able to ...
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Here's Your Official First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As 'Doctor Strange'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Benedict Cumberbatch looks Marvel-ous as Doctor Stephen Strange on the cover of Entertainment Weekly's "First Look" issue.  The 39-year-old actor is the star of Marvel's magical superhero movie, "Doctor Strange," which will hit theaters November 4, 2016. Though the movie hasn't even finished shooting yet, Cumberbatch spoke with EW about the upcoming film.  "There’s going to be crazy s**t going on," said Cumberbatch of the movie, which will star Tilda Swinton as a mystic called Ancient One, Rachel McAdams as a fellow surgeon, Chiwetel Ejiofor as an associate to the Ancient One and Mads Mikkelsen as a villain.  Cumberbatch admitted to EW at the time of the cover shoot that he still hadn't mastered all of Doctor Strange's moves yet.  "I’m still in the infancy of learning all that," said the actor, adding, "It was like, okay, I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically."  Earlier this year, fans were able to ...
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Secret in Their Eyes: The Gashes of History
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Note: plot spoilers contained herein. When I learned that the widely acclaimed Argentinian film, The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), was going to get an American remake, I felt perplexed, but not solely due to the usual mistrust one has for a remake's ability to best, or even do justice to, the original film. Rather, I wondered how Secret in Their Eyes (2015) could possibly work without the historical backdrop that gave the thriller its thematic force: Argentina's Dirty War. Could the thriller narrative be merely transferred to a Hollywood film devoid of the crucial referents to Argentina's painful past and still work? In this respect, the American film's trailer did not give anything away. The only thing it made evident was the fact that the role of the grieving husband, Ricardo Morales (Pablo Rago), in the original had been replaced by Julia Roberts' grieving and vengeance-bent mother, while the roles of the lawyers Esposito (Ricardo Darín) and Irene (Soledad Villamil) had been tra ...
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Hollywood stars prepare to tell African stories on stage
CNN - about 1 year
Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kit Harrington lead a blockbuster cast of actors preparing to perform African children's stories.
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'Straight Outta Compton,' 'Creed' and 'Concussion' are nominated for NAACP Image Awards
LATimes - about 1 year
"Beasts of No Nation," "Concussion," "Creed," "Dope" and "Straight Outta Compton" were nominated Tuesday morning for the NAACP Image Award for outstanding motion picture of 2015. Nominated for the lead actor in a motion picture category are Abraham Attah for "Beasts of No Nation," Chiwetel Ejiofor...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chiwetel Ejiofor
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 37
    In 2015, Ejiofor was honoured with a Global Promise Award by The GEANCO Foundation, a non-profit welfare organisation in West Africa for his charity work in Nigeria.
    More Details Hide Details On September 12, Ejiofor, as well as Cate Blanchett, Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education.
    He was elevated to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Birthday Honours.
    More Details Hide Details Ejiofor was born in London's Forest Gate, to Nigerian parents of Igbo origin. His father, Arinze, was a doctor, and his mother, Obiajulu, was a pharmacist. His younger sister is CNN correspondent Zain Asher.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    He will play Patrice Lumumba in a film adaptation of Aimé Césaire's A Season in the Congo, a role in which he performed at the Young Vic in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Joe Wright, who directed the play, will also direct the film. It was announced in June 2014 that Ejiofor would play real life drug dealer Thomas McFadden in film based on the book Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America's Strangest Jail, written by McFadden and Australian journalist Rusty Young. In 2015, it was announced that Ejifor had been cast as Baron Mordo in the 2016 film Doctor Strange. Ejiofor was in a relationship with Canadian actress and model Sari Mercer. He is friends with actor Benedict Cumberbatch and has been friends with actor Idris Elba for 20 years.
    In 2013, Ejiofor took on one of his most notable roles to date, Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
    More Details Hide Details The film was based on Northup's memoir, edited in 1968 by historians Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, of Northup's experience as a free black man in New York, who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in Louisiana. On casting, director Steve McQueen said: Chiwetel Ejiofor was always going to be Solomon Northup for me. I was looking for someone that had that genteelness, that kind of humanity. Knowing that humanity was going to be tested under certain duress and circumstances, I needed a person who could actually keep hold of that, even through periods of extraordinary trying and extraordinary situations where it would be tested to its absolute limit. He was the only person. At the Toronto International Film Festival, Ejiofor said he briefly hesitated about playing Northup. "You wait all your life for a great script to come through the door. You're hassling your agent and all that, and then it comes and you read it and your first reaction surprises you. Your first reaction being, 'Can I do this?'" He accepted the role about 24 hours later. As part of his preparation, Ejiofor learned to play the violin, collected slave stories, maintained a slave's edge up hairstyle, and engaged in some of the physical labour that Northup did like picking cotton. Since he had not worked with McQueen before, Ejiofor also observed the working dynamic between the director and co-star Michael Fassbender, who worked with McQueen on Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011).
  • 2008
    Age 30
    In 2008, he was awarded an Officer of the OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    He also narrated for the 2007 BBC television film, Partition: The Day India Burned, which was based on the Partition of India. Ejiofor was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, he made his directorial debut in the short film Slapper, which he also wrote, based on an idea by editor/director Yusuf Pirhasan. Ejiofor appeared alongside John Cusack in the 2009 film 2012. The film went on to gross over $700 million, and is among the list of highest-grossing films of all time and placing 5th of top films of 2009. He played CIA officer Peabody in Salt (2010), and the Golden Globe Award-nominated leading role of band creator Louis Lester in the BBC Two drama series Dancing on the Edge (2013), which played on Starz in the US.
    He performed on stage in The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre from 18 January to 17 March 2007, then later that year reprised his role as Othello at the Donmar Warehouse, alongside Kelly Reilly as Desdemona and Ewan McGregor as Iago.
    More Details Hide Details The production received favourable reviews, with particularly strong praise for Ejiofor. "Chiwetel Ejiofor produces one of the most memorable performances of Othello in recent years". He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance.
    Ejiofor's performance in Tsunami: The Aftermath received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Ejiofor starred opposite Don Cheadle in Talk to Me, a film based on the true story of Ralph "Petey" Greene (played by Cheadle), an African-American radio personality in the 1960s and '70s.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    He was also nominated for the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, which recognises emerging British film talent.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    He also received acclaim for his performance as a complex antagonist The Operative in the 2005 film Serenity.
    More Details Hide Details Ejiofor played a revolutionary in the 2006 film Children of Men. His singing and acting performance in Kinky Boots received a Golden Globe Award and British Independent Film Award nomination.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    He played the central part of Prince Alamayou in Peter Spafford's radio play I Was a Stranger, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 17 May 2004, and he played the god Dionysus, alongside Paul Scofield's Cadmus and Diana Rigg's Agave, in Andrew Rissik's play, Dionysus, based upon Euripides' Bacchae, also broadcast by the BBC.
    More Details Hide Details He played Mike Terry, in the cult film Redbelt that received favourable reviews.
    He starred alongside Hilary Swank in 2004's Red Dust, portraying the fictional politician Alex Mpondo of post-apartheid South Africa.
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  • 2003
    Age 25
    Also in 2003, he starred in the lead role of Augustus in the radio production of Rita Dove's poetic drama "The Darker Face of the Earth", which premiered on the BBC World Service on 23 August of that year, marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
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  • 2002
    Age 24
    In 2002 he starred in Dirty Pretty Things, for which he won a British Independent Film Award for best actor.
    More Details Hide Details In the following year, he was part of the ensemble cast of Love Actually, starred in a BBC adaptation of Chaucer's The Knight's Tale and also starred in the BBC series Trust.
  • 2000
    Age 22
    Ejiofor had his first leading film role in 2000 playing Nicky Burkett in Jeremy Cameron's It Was An Accident.
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    For his performance in Blue/Orange, Ejiofor received the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2000 and a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2001.
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    Ejiofor was awarded the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in 2000.
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    In 2000, he starred in Blue/Orange at the Royal National Theatre (Cottesloe stage), and later at the Duchess Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, his performance as Romeo in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award.
  • 1999
    Age 21
    In 1999, he appeared in the British film G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 18
    Ejiofor made his film debut in the television film Deadly Voyage in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to become a stage actor in London. In Steven Spielberg's Amistad, he gave support to Djimon Hounsou's Cinque as interpreter Ens. James Covey.
  • 1995
    Age 17
    He played the title role in Othello at the Bloomsbury Theatre in September 1995, and again at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1996, when he starred opposite Rachael Stirling as Desdemona.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 10
    In 1988, when Ejiofor was 11, during a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding, he and his father were driving to Lagos after the celebrations when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry.
    More Details Hide Details His father was killed, but Ejiofor survived. He was badly injured, and received scars that are still visible on his forehead. Ejiofor began acting in school plays at the age of fourteen at Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theatre. He got into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art but had to leave after his first year, after being cast in Steven Spielberg's film Amistad.
  • 1977
    Born
    Born on July 10, 1977.
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