Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton Unite For London Premiere Of Half A Yellow...

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton Unite For London Premiere Of Half A Yellow Sun Movie

By Wires | The Trent on April 9, 2014
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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton in a still shot of the film, Half of A Yellow Sun

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton brought together Hollywood and Nollywood for their premiere of Half Of A Yellow Sun.

The film, in which they play a couple, is adapted from the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, set in Nigeria during the struggle to establish an independent republic.

Ejiofor, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 12 Years A Slave, said the book and film held a personal significance.

The stars of Half of A Yellow Sun at the premier of the film in Canada 2013
The stars of Half of A Yellow Sun at the premier of the film in Canada 2013

He said: “It was incredible, I spoke to my grandfather a few years before he died. The conversation took a turn towards his experiences in the war and we ended up doing 10 hours of interviews about it.

“It very closely followed some of the events in this film so I was very moved and engaged to make this film.

“It was a very emotional and powerful journey for me.”

The 36 year old also spoke about how pleased he was to play opposite old friend Newton for the third time.

He joked: “Two times boyfriend and girlfriend and this is our first marriage so we’ll see where it goes from here.”

She went on: “I’ve known him for many years, I worked with him on his first film 13 years ago.

A still shot of the film, Half of A Yellow Sun
A still shot of the film, Half of A Yellow Sun

“This was a deeply personal film for him and I thought I knew him but I realised while we were shooting that I was getting to know him in a whole different way.”

Run, Fatboy Run star Newton also said she had been pleased to see her pal do so well during awards season for 12 Years A Slave.

She said: “It was like seeing a family member up on stage. I actually worried about him having to do so much travelling and press, how exhausted he must be.

“It was very well deserved and it’s been a great year for him.”

Half Of A Yellow Sun is released in cinemas on April 11.

Biyi Bandele
Biyi Bandele

(via South Wales Guardian)

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