TIFF 2015 Video | Chiwetel Ejiofor on ‘The Martian’

Chiwetel Ejiofor is no stranger to space travel. Audiences know him well as the villainous Operative from Joss Whedon’s Serenity. But in Ridley Scott’s The Martian Chiwetel Ejiofor has been given a decidedly more heroic task: bringing a stranded Matt Damon home from Mars, from all the way back on Earth.

In The Martian, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a genius in a room full of geniuses. So we sat him down at the Toronto International Film Festival to explore what that demands of an actor, and what it’s like walking around inside the head of a genius director like Ridley Scott. The always eloquent Chiwetel Ejiofor regales us with stories from the production in this exclusive Crave video interview.

And no, he can’t tell us a damned thing about Doctor Strange.

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The Martian stars Matt Damon (The Bourne Ultimatum), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jessica Chastain (Interstellar), Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Kate Mara (Fantastic Four), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War), Donald Glover (Community) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom). It premieres in theaters nationwide on October 2nd, 2015.


William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and watch him on the weekly YouTube series Most Craved and What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.


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