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The Old Guard’s Chiwetel Ejiofor says dancing in 6-inch Kinky Boots memorably scared him

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Chiwetel Ejiofor stars within the Netflix movie The Outdated Guard, together with Charlize Theron.


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This story is part of I’m So Obsessed (subscribe here), our podcast featuring interviews with actors, artists, celebrities and creative types about their work, career and current obsessions.

There’s one thing completely mesmerizing in regards to the actor and filmmaker Chiwetel Ejiofor. As I interviewed him for CNET’s I am So Obsessed podcast over video chat, I attempted to determine what it was about him that fascinated me. It may’ve been his eyes, which made me really feel like he was wanting into my soul, or his velvet clean voice. It may’ve been the truth that he is compassionate and that he listened attentively to my questions and thoroughly thought of his solutions. It may’ve additionally been that he is appeared in so many movies I get pleasure from, like Children of Men, Dirty Pretty Things, Kinky Boots, The Martian and Doctor Strange.

As I checked out Ejiofor on my laptop computer display screen, it occurred to me that I used to be speaking to somebody who was nominated for a Golden Globe, an Oscar and a SAG award (and received a BAFTA) for his function in 12 Years a Slave and for an Emmy for Dancing on the Edge. However at one level, none of that mattered, as a result of Ejiofor and I had been discussing immortality and the way it pertains to his newest movie, The Old Guard, on Netflix.

“Tales and mythology have at all times centered round immortality as an idea,” stated Ejiofor. “The form of tree of life and the fountain of youth. However if you dig a bit of deeper into it, what actually comes up is that this actually fascinating query in regards to the worth of life and subsequently the worth of loss of life, primarily.”

The Outdated Guard follows a handful of immortal individuals, led by Charlize Theron’s character, who band collectively to outlive centuries of civilization. It mixes lovely motion sequences with heady philosophical themes about immortality, household, friendship and justice.

Throughout our dialog, Ejiofor opened up about his relationship working with Denzel Washington on Inside Man and American Gangster and his friendship with each Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong on Marvel’s Doctor Strange. In truth, Ejiofor tells a narrative about how he and Wong, who’d been in a number of movies collectively, needed to begin a “Wong for Wong” casting marketing campaign for Physician Unusual (Wong is the title of one of many characters) after Ejiofor received his function. Fortunately, Wong was forged shortly thereafter and so they by no means needed to.

Ejiofor additionally defined how one of many scariest issues he did was dance in 6-inch high-heeled boots on a runway for the movie Kinky Boots.

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Patrick Holland