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Monday 7 March 2005, by Webmaster
Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor first got attention for his leading role in Stephen Frear’s Dirty Pretty Things as an immigrant bellhop, and after a minor role in Spike Lee’s last film, he kicks off 2005 by being the first black actor to have a major role in a Woody Allen film, the upcoming Melinda and Melinda (pictured left).
Later this year, he will be starring in a few bigger films including Joss Whedon’s science fiction epic Serenity, a feature film adaptation of his FOX show Firefly. While in Allen’s hometown of New York to talk about Melinda and Melinda, Ejiofor told ComingSoon.net how working with Whedon compares to working with Allen on a significantly more moderate budget. "That was a very big jump, because Joss’ mind in terms of science fiction is very different," he told us. "With both of them, there is an extraordinary amount of detail that goes into everything, but just the scale of it is extraordinary. It deals with universes and so on. It’s the world of sci-fi but very intelligently put together. It was an extraordinary experience and I get to fight, a bit of general martial arts and hanging on wires."
He talked about playing a villain in the film. "I think that one of the great things about the profession is that you’re able to tap into very different parts of yourself, and it’s always exciting to do that. Villains are always pretty interesting to play. What he’s trying to achieve in ’Serenity’ is, in his belief, perfectly valid and can be argued for, so it’s not an out-and-out villain in a sense. It’s more someone who does bad things, but for what he perceives to be very good reasons.’
Ejiofor also just finished shooting The Kinky Boot Factory, about an Englishman trying to save an old shoe factory, and he’ll be playing a bad guy in John Singleton’s next film Four Brothers, a revenge-thriller which he shot in Toronto.
Melinda and Melinda opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 18. Serenity is scheduled to open on September 30, and the tentatively titled Four Brothers is scheduled to open on August 12.