Friday, March 21, 2008

Chiwetel Ejiofor...easy for you to say

What or who is Chiwetel Ejiofor? Well it just so happens that he is a great actor. No doubt you've seen him in bit parts so Hollywood hasn't quite caught on to him yet but they're getting there. Across the pond in jolly old England he is very well known. He's literally been tearing up the British stage. He won the Laurence Olivier award of best actor for his work for the title role of Othello at the Donmar.
Born to Nigerian parents in 1974 Chiwetel took to the acting game early. Later he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In 2000 The London Standard awarded him 'Outstanding Newcomer'. I believe his big Hollywood debut was in Spielberg's Amastad at the tender age of 19. He has worked with Denzel Washington two times. The first as his cop partner in Inside Man and later in American Gangster where he played one of Denzel's brothers.
The movie 'Talk to Me' starring Don Cheadle as Petey Green costarred Chiwetel. It was a joy to watch these two huge talents working together. Don Cheadle is a great underrated actor and Chiwetel Ejiofor is a yet to be discovered great actor. Two years ago I heard an interview with Mr. Cheadle where he claimed-and not bitterly- that whether or not he wants a specific role he needs it to be turned down by Denzel, Will Smith, Cuba Gooding Jr. and so on. This is ridiculous but I guess that's show business. Let's hope that this sort of thing does not happen to Chiwetel because he's got chops!
I just rented a flick called Dirty Pretty Things. Low budget costarring Audrey Tatou. This movie is a must see so netflix-it, blockbuster-it whatever just check it out.

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