Chiwetel Ejiofor Exclusive Video Interview ENDGAME

     February 5, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

I believe I first saw Chiwetel Ejiofor in director Stephen Frears “Dirty Pretty Things”. At the time, I remember thinking this was someone that had some talent. And based on the amount of movies he’s worked on since then, I think many of Hollywood’s biggest director’s agree with me. Since you may not recognize Chiwetel’s name….perhaps you may have seen him in “Serenity”, “Inside Man”, “American Gangster”, “Talk to Me”, and one of my favorite films of the last decade…. “Children of Men”.

And that’s just what he’s done in the past, as later this year he’s one of the leads in director Roland Emmerich’s next movie “2012”.

Anyway, as a big fan of his work, when I was offered the chance to speak with him at this year’s Sundance Film Festival about his work in director Pete Travis’ new film “Endgame”, I jumped at the chance. Also, since I was told I’d be getting around 15 minutes, I figured this would be a great interview as we could cover some of his previous movies, and talk about all the things you never have time for.

Thankfully, Chiwetel could not have been nicer and more willing to talk about anything I asked. If you’re a fan, you’re going to love the interview.

Finally, a big thank you to the MySpace Café for letting us film at their location. They were amazing to work with, and the free food and lattes were incredible….especially for all of us working journalists.

Chiwetel Ejiofor – Part 1

  • He talks about what he’s done since arriving at Sundance
  • What was his reaction to seeing the film at Sundance
  • We talk about how Sundance is film first
  • Chiwetel talks about what Endgame is about and his character
  • How did Peter approach you with the material and what was he like to work with
  • What is it about British actors that makes them so great

Chiwetel Ejiofor – Part 2

  • He talks about what got him into acting
  • Does he feel like his career has gotten to the next level
  • Children of Men talk – I ask what’s his take on why the film didn’t connect with audiences
  • Serenity talk – does he still get stopped by the Brown Coats
  • 2012 talk – was it always a goal to be in a film that has the world blowing up
  • What else is coming up for him

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