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Chiwetel Ejiofor: ‘I’m striving for bigger things’

Chiwetel Ejiofor is still pushing for big achievements in his career, but will never forget how fortunate he has been so far.
The British actor hit the big time after starring in Oscar-winning movie 12 Years a Slave and has since landed roles in films such as The Martian and Secret in Their Eyes. Despite having such critical success on the big screen, Chiwetel is always striving for bigger and better things.
“I don’t ever feel like I’ve had a moment where I am like, ‘There it is; perfect and holy in all ways,'” he told Collider. “You know, one is still pushing for the highest achievement you can get artistically, which is the perfect kind of – where all the boxes are ticked and the audience has an experience that is unique and you feel completely satisfied by what you have presented. You know what I mean?
“But I am also aware that I have been incredibly fortunate in my life to work with the people that I have worked with and pursue the projects that I have been able to do.”
One particularly big project coming up for Chiwetel is Marvel’s Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Based on the comic, it follows an intelligent yet arrogant surgeon who is trained by a sorcerer to fight against evil. For Chiwetel, who plays villain Baron Mordo, it was a dream come true.
“Well, I guess I have always been a big fan of Marvel films and I was just excited by the way they have been sort of pushing the envelope,” he smiled. “I guess when I watched Guardians of The Galaxy I was like, ‘This is really exceptional, what is happening here.’ So I met with Kevin (Feige, producer) and basically said, ‘Listen, I’m excited to get involved so let me know what is going on.’ And then Doctor Strange was what we started to talk about.”

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