Nigerian British star Chiwetel Ejiofor hasn't been a household name in North America, or across the world. But since his stellar performances in the earth-disaster blockbuster 2012 and the recently released counter-intelligence showdown "Salt", audiences worldwide have made space at the top for the new black knight of espionage. (continues below... )
Last fall, when 2012, was released, it was Ejiofor who got the best reviews, for his performance as Dr. Adrian Helmsley, a principled scientist at war with the politicians and bureaucrats.
Now that "Salt" is out, we're seeing pretty much the same thing. Infact, search the Internet and you'll find that Chiwetel is the man being touted to become the screen's first black James Bond, or the next Doctor Who.
Angelina Jolie, the top-billed star of the movie "Salt", extols the virtues of the actor who played her potential nemesis:
"I think he is one of the most charismatic actors we have today", she says. "I was so honoured to work with him. ... I was so excited when he agreed to do the role."
In Salt, which has now passed the $100-million mark in box-office receipts, Ejiofor plays Peabody, a ruthless ONCIX counter-intelligence specialist, determined to apprehend former colleague Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie), who is suspected to be a Russian spy. Powerful and graceful, Ejiofor dominates the film whenever he appears.
The James Bond rumours, are believed to have been born from suggestions from current 007 -- Daniel Craig -- that, if America could elect a black President, then Britain can have a black James Bond.
Modest Chiwetel, however, refuses to be carried away by the hype. Though in his words:
"You never know".