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Why I Love ... Chiwetel Ejiofor

While on the topic of Children of Men, which comes out on DVD today, I thought I'd pay homage to an actor I love: Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Luke. Though his character is technically a bad guy, Ejiofor's speech toward the end — delivered between rounds of bullets he aimlessly sprays out a window — makes me soften toward Luke, thinking maybe he's just trying to survive like everyone else.

There is something friendly and trustworthy about the British actor, who I first noticed in Love Actually as Peter, the husband of Keira Knightley's character. But it was when I saw Kinky Boots that I really fell in love. In the quirky comedy, Ejiofor plays drag queen Lola, who co-creates a line of supportive yet fabulous drag queen footwear. For more on why I love Ejiofor,

In a role that could have easily crossed over into caricature, Ejiofor keeps it real in Kinky, deftly alternating between Chaka Khan-esque diva and warm, smart businessman.

In addition to these films, Ejiofor's credits include Amistad, Inside Man, and Serenity. His sensitive demeanor might stem from a tragedy he experienced as a child: According to IMDB, the actor was in a car accident at age 11 with his father. He survived, but his father did not. Whatever the reason, I find this man mesmerizing. Thankfully, it looks like I'm not the only one with a Ejiofor crush: He has several more projects in the works. Until I can check those out, I'll watch Kinky Boots a few more times, and I suggest you do the same.


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miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
He's a great actor i feel in love with him in love actually and was amaze how great of an actor he was when i saw him as this mean tough guy in four brothers. I'm dying to see Kinky boots. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
He is awesome, I loved him in Kinky Boots, and after I realized it was him I went back and watched him in Love actually. He and Clive Owen made me want to watch Children of Men. Style Before Comfort!
alexgirl alexgirl 10 years
He is SO brilliant. And gorgeous! I loved him in Melinda Melinda (even thought the movie was just OK.) Children of Men was amazing (in a depressing-post-apocalyptic-kind-of-way). And Kinky Boots was such a pleasant surprise. Loved it!
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Love him! He was fantastic in Kinky Boots!
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