Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Chiwetel Ejiofor began his career doing plays and was later recognized for his great talent. He has gone from playing roles as a supporting actor to being one of the most highly recognized actors in Hollywood. As a kid he would go up to the studio and watch plays all day until it was time to go home. The beginning of Chiwetel Ejiofor career started with plays. His dream was that one day he would star in a movie as the main character. Chiwetel Ejiofor was born on July 10, 1977, in London, England, both parents worked with medicine and had prominent singing/performance careers. Chiwetel and his father got in a car accident in Nigeria and Chiwetel was hospitalized for more than two months and physically scarred. After his hospital experience, Ejiofor had a whole new outlook of the world and found a passion for acting. Ejiofor was performing in school productions and for the National Youth Theatre where he tackled the title roles in Julius Caesar and Othello. Ejiofor continued acting at Dulwich College founded by Shakespeare's player Edward Alleyne in 1619 to benefit actors. Ejiofor eventually went to a prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic arts. He gained a reputation as a commanding stage presence at the Almedia Theatre Company and Royal National Theatre. Chiwetel made his first appearance on the screen with “ Deadly Voyage” in 1996. Even though his role as Ebow was not exactly high profile he got Steven Spielberg’s attention. He was a Stage actor before acting in Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film Amistad which starred Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, and Djimon Hounsou. Ejiofor was being hailed as the next great British actor, then Ejiofor nabbed the lead role in It was an accident in 2000 as Nicky Burkett a young bl... ... middle of paper ... ... the business of self - censorship. Cause there’s no point it was one of the greatest privileges of my life to tell that story, I wouldn’t change change that for anything certainly not for some kind of political notion that somehow it’s not important or doesn’t serve a very specific agenda. No, that’s not something that I subscribe to.” The next question was how does Chiwetel Ejiofor feel about telling our slave stories? Chiwetel answered “We always want to live in an environment where there’s no artifical block to good work,” “I don’t think anybody wins in that situation. I don’t think that the public wins, because people have not been exposed to what could potentially be great stories. Black actors don’t win because they’re limited in how much work they can do, as opposed to assuming that just because someone’s black, the community is not gone be interested.
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