Ok. This is getting ridiculous. I’ve clearly been hanging around the BoFN boys for too long. It’s bad enough that I now notice funny names everywhere I go (you try sending a communication out on schedule when your recipients have names like Blaine McPhail!) but now our lives are starting to match up, too. Last Wednesday Rob was dealing with a fire drill, and today I’m dealing with one of my own – that is, if you can call it a fire drill when your team member throws you under the firetruck and then backs up over you a couple of times. Ouch.
But we all know that I’d never republish an old post when I could talk about new showbiz gossip instead, so here we go! We’re smack dab in the middle of Hollywood Schmoozing Season, leading up to this year’s Oscar nominations. And one name that’s being heard over and over at luncheons and screenings and sparkly parties is Chiwetel Eijiofor. Whether or not people are pronouncing it correctly is another matter.
I’m pretty sure that Chiwetel (pronounced CHEW-eh-tell EDGE-ee-oh-four) is one of the best names that I’ve written about on this blog to date. I’m basing this statement on the following highly scientific and very precise formula: the dude has been in some of my very favourite movies (Love Actually! Serenity! Inside Man! Children of Men!) with some of my very favourite actors (Liam Neeson! Nathan Fillion!! Clive Owen!! Clive Owen again!!!) and I never realized just how talented he was or just what an amazing name he had until now.
Of course, that amazing talent (and name!) is front-and-center these days, as Chiwetel is considered a sure thing for a Best Actor Oscar nomination, and most likely a win as well, for his role in 12 Years a Slave. I haven’t seen the movie yet – I need to prepare myself to be a complete emotional basket case first – but by all accounts his performance is simply astonishing.
All historical implications aside, my little drama-geek heart is just thrilled that a classically trained, British stage actor is breaking through in Hollywood in such a big way! According to my showbiz sources, next up for Chiwetel is the movie Z for Zachariah, in which he, Chris Pine, and Amanda Seyfried will reportedly play survivors of a radioactive event. The world needs more men who can take on Shakespeare and science-fiction, don’t you think?