(CP-Africa) – Onyinye Muomah of 234Next.com recently interviewed Nigerian- British actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Check it out below and read the full story on NEXT!
From Stage to Fame
By Onyinye Muomah
Apart from the occasional stint on stage, Mr Ejiofor has since gone on to starring and supporting roles in films, including blockbusters like 2012, American Gangster and Salt where he held his own opposite such big names as John Cusack, Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
His directorial debut was in 2008 with the short film, Slapper, in which he also starred. Also in the same year, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) during the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for his contributions to the Arts.
The actor, who divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and London, made out time to speak to élan.
What or who inspired you to go into acting?
I remember watching “Once upon a Honeymoon” with Cary Grant and being so amazed by his performance. Also at school, I fell in love with plays and the theatre. Since the age of 12, I had a strong impulse to be a part of the theatre atmosphere.
You have cited the Laurence Olivier award you won for playing Othello as the award you are most proud of. Do you prefer acting on stage to film?
I don’t know if I have a preference really. The great benefit of theatre is that you get to take the train with you. You get to go on the journey and the audience can somehow inform what kind of night they are looking to have. They can tell you things about how you’re doing it. It’s kind of an interesting cooperation that is unique to stage-acting. But then at the same time film does offer a kind of wide range of opportunity. I have a lot of affection for them both. Still, I can’t be off stage for too long. I often feel like I need to get back and reboot.
Is there a huge difference working on a British production and an American one?
I find that the British tend to produce better drama productions and sometimes more sophisticated films. But I don’t find a huge difference.
What has been the most demanding character you have played and why?
I would say currently the one I’m working with and preparing for but unfortunately I can’t say what that role is at the moment….[continue reading]
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