UK/Naija actor Chiwetel Ejiofor made it onto EW 100 must-have list of movie stars that "EW" is loving right now. FG2BH applauds Chiwetel 's acting career thus far. Chiwetel, who's currently single and yes that girl in the photos with him is his sister, can be seen next in two films,"American Gangster" co-starring Denzel Washington, T.I., Common, and Russell Crowe AND "Talk to Me" co-starring Don Cheadle, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps, and Cedric The Entertainer. I enjoyed Chiwetel breaking down the correct pronunciation of his name. We, Naijas and Africans, run into the same dilemma which can be bothersome on the first day of work and school! Fortunately in my experience, my name tends to be the ice breaker on that first day.
The Berth of Cool
WHY HIM Because he's ''that guy.'' You know: that supercool but not yet superfamous actor who pops up in one great movie after another. In the case of U.K.-born Ejiofor, the résumé includes parts in Inside Man, Love Actually, Dirty Pretty Things, and Kinky Boots — and playing the heavies in Serenity and Children of Men. ''People don't connect the dots and realize they've seen more of me than they think.''
LOST IN PRONUNCIATION ''People tend to pick it up,'' he says of his rather intimidating name (it's CHOO-it-tell edge-EE-oh-for). ''You've just got to commit to it.''
PAST PARTICIPANT This year, Ejiofor will appear in two politically charged flicks about the '60s and '70s: Talk to Me, starring Don Cheadle, and American Gangster, with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. ''These are films set in an era that's slightly before my time but have a profound influence on the way we live today. Plus, the music was so great and the clothes were extraordinary.''
SECRET TALENT ''My pesto pasta is the stuff of legend and my salmon steaks are to die for.''
Top 20 on the most-read entertainment magazine in the U.S is not bad at all. Would Chiwetel see a long career just like his African peers in Hollywood like Djimon Hounsou, perhaps? FG2BH thinks Chiwetel can!
[feels good 2 b home]