Podcast Interview: Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of "Redbelt"
A little while back I had the pleasure of interviewing Chiwetel Ejiofor, an actor I'd long admired in films such as Inside Man (he played Denzel Washington's partner), Serenity, Talk to Me, and even his teeny role in Love Actually (as Keira Knightley's groom). I found him very gracious, easy to talk to, and kind enough to phonetically write out the pronunciation of his name when I made my game attempt to say it correctly, so I wouldn't forget later. (It's CHEW-eh-tell EDGE-ee-oh-four) I still have the paper hung up on my cubicle.
His newest film is the David Mamet-directed Redbelt, about a Jiu jitsu instructor in a constant struggle to maintain his code of honor in the midst of honor-challenged Hollywood, particulary those who seek to put him in the mixed-martial arts ring. Listen to our interview below, in which Chiwetel discusses going mano-a-mano with Mamet on the mat, his Essential film from his career so far, and the last movie that made him tear up. -- Ellen