Transcript for Chiwetel Ejiofor talks prosthetic cheekbones and flying with Angelina Jolie
chiwetel ejiofor and recently heard him singing in "The lion king." Now back on the big screen starring in the new "Maleficent" movie with Angelina Jolie. Talk about that singing we heard, star in "The lion king." What was that moment like for you when you actually let your pipes out? It was amazing. It was so much fun. The whole thing, you know, it's such a visual spectacle just to be part of it. That whole story so I loved it. Your father was a pop singer in Nigeria so runs in the family. Exactly. Did you grow up singing? A little bit. I mean, I always enjoyed it and I never thought that I would really, you know, take that to the next stage but I did a couple of musicals when I was a kid and, you know, and I loved it but that experience of doing "Be prepared" was beautiful. With Beyonce, just a few names you might have heard of. I bet you never imagined being a dark fairy either That's true. That is something else I didn't see coming up? We have a clip so we can all see the dark fairy in "Maleficent." Let's take a look. Those children should be soaring over the trees and river, instead they're raised in I can protect them. How? By waning war against the humans? I've been at war with them my whole life. Not all of them. There was one you raised as your own. Maybe we don't have to hide from the humans. Maybe we can exist without fear and war. Now, you're suspended in midair during that scene. How did you do that? How did you pull that off? Well, I've done a little bit of wire work before but nothing quite as extreme as this. You know, I normally sort of go up and down but they had me on this sort of fork, quite high up in the air so all of that actually gave me the feeling of really sort of flying and trying to sort of act and fly at the same time. At the same time. That's pretty remarkable and also had these incredible cheekbones. What was that process like? The whole thing took about -- I actually miss those cheekbones to be honest with you but the whole process took like initially about five hours. Every day. Every day, yeah, and then, you know, we got it down to about three for everything, not just the cheekbones but the whole look, you know, which was -- but it's an amazing -- the whole thing is sort of -- Beautiful to look at and I know "Maleficent," her superpower is she can transform people into whatever she wants. If you could transform anyone into something, what would it That's an interesting question. I don't know. I feel like, you know, for myself, you know, just the process of being an actor, just allows you access to so many different, you know, people and personalities and ways of looking at yourself and exploring self so I always find that sort of a wonderful transformative experience and a way to learn and to empathize -- You love transforming so much you do it for a living, I love that. Speaking of love it's been 16 years since "Love actually" came can you believe it? Yet, I look the same. How is this -- No, but everyone here is like, oh, it's staple viewing for the holiday season. Do you watch it every year? I'm just curious or are you been there, done that -- I haven't seen the film in its totality for awhile but it's always been amazing to me that, you know, there is a period of time, you know, every year that it just becomes this huge and big thing and I love it. You know, generally it's from around christmastime to Valentine's day, you know. I highly suggest you watch it in its totality again. It's viewing -- it means it's christmastime in my house so thank you very much for being here with us, chiwetel. We appreciate it. "Maleficent: Mistress of evil" in theaters October 18th. Ginger.
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