Chiwetel Ejiofor at the “12 Years A Slave” Premiere

Posted on October 09, 2013

Another boring, colorless outfit on the RC today. Is the entire entertainment industry in mourning for something, or do they all need to up their anti-depressant dosage? Snap out of it, you dirty little tumblers and acrobats.


Chiwetel’s suit seems to be changing from black to blue and back again in every shot, so we can’t quite tell which it is, but neither version’s setting us on fire.


Chiwetel Ejiofor attends the “12 Years A Slave” premiere during the 2013 New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Our kingdom for a pink plaid tie.

This is sad-making. He can be sharp as shit when the effort is put in, but the jacket’s a bit too small on him and the look overall is funereal. We realize the movie’s not a laff-riot, but that doesn’t mean everyone involved needs to show up like they’re repenting for something.




[Photo Credit: Marco Sagliocco/, Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images]

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  • Emily Giovanni

    Dude! Is that the operative from the movie Serenity?

    • MilaXX

      yes! You’d be surprised at the thing he has been in. Dude’s been flying under the radar for years.

      • marlie

        I still can’t pronounce his name correctly, but I’ve liked him for years. He was in “Children of Men” as well.

        • Danielle

          I shouted “CHILDREN OF MEN!” as soon as I saw the thumbnail.

        • Sobaika

          I think it’s:

          Chew Eee Tel
          Edge If Four

          Said very quickly.

          • He has the face of a man who knows every entertainment reporter on the planet is going to have to break down his name just as you have done because come awards season they’re all going to be talking about him.

          • That was perfect. This Igbo girl is impressed.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        Love love love him. Children of Men, Kinky Boots, Dirty Pretty Things – he is, in fact, the best.

        I SO SO SO wanted him to be the next Doctor!

        • MoHub

          Me too! He was under consideration before Matt Smith was cast, but I believe he was unavailable at the time.

          And he won me over forever in Kinky Boots.

          • MilaXX

            Kinky boots is when I took notice. I remembered him from Love Actually and a few bit parts here and there, but fell in lust after Kinky Boots.

          • Introspective

            OMG- me and one of my best friends have been having perpetual fights over both him and that other fine ass black brit idris elba for like forever. we play a game of “the boy is mine” any time either of the two of them come up in conversation. which is like ALL the effing time. youd swear either of us was getting laid by either of them given how serious we take this game…

            all that to say, YAAAAS!!! whenever i see dude. funereal suit or not!!

          • tereliz


        • ScarlettHarlot

          And also Love Actually, when stupid Rick tried to win over Chiwetel’s wife (Keira Knightly) with his sad sack poster presentation. That alone earned him time served with Lori and Carl.

          • Catiline

            The first time I saw Love Actually, I legit thought the reveal was going to be that he was in love with Chiwetel’s character. The actual twist was a major disappointment.

          • ScarlettHarlot

            Me too!! And my friends made fun of me because I was like “He HAD to be in love with him! It’s the only plausible plot line! Who could look at anyone else when he’s in the room? She could have been played by a marionette made of marshmallows for all I cared when she stood next to him.

          • Catiline

            Plus I mean, hoyay aside, it would have made the scene where Keira watches the wedding video and has her epiphany about 1000% more interesting.

          • I shall add “marionette made of marshmallows” to my vernacular…and I shall enjoy also saying it in Spanish: ¡marioneta de malvaviscos!

            thanks @ScarlettHarlot:disqus . (and also very true statements)

          • ItsDicey

            Oh yeah, I’d forgotten about him in Love Actually.

          • MilaXX

            lol, true

        • Let it out

          He is amazing! Next, next doctor, hopefully.

        • Heather

          Kinky Boots, yes!!!

      • tereliz

        LOLA from KINKY BOOTS!

        “This. Is. Burgundy. I asked for RED. You gave me HOT. WATER. BOTTLE.”

        • BawlmerGurl

          RED RED RED

          Thank you for getting the exact quote. I love him!

          Also, he had a tiny role in The Inside Man, but managed to keep up nicely with Denzel as his partner. This man is amazing! 12 Years A Slave looks to be a career-changing role for him.

          This is one lucky blue/black funereal suit.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          He was simplly fabulous in “Kinky Boots”-playing that role with complete fearlessness and joie de vivre. I bow to him.

  • MilaXX

    I like the tie, but would love a different shirt and a jacket that fits.Any chance on seeing the gorgeous Lupita as well. I swear between her and Danai Gurira, I’m ready to shave my locs off.

    • lgt

      yeah, Lupita was wearing a terrific colour to this.

      • MilaXX

        She was on The View and I was amazed at how gorgeous she is.

  • hughman

    “Hello! My name is Elder Price
    And I would like to share with you the most amazing book!”

  • MoHub

    Needs to channel his Lola fabulousness.

  • marlie

    Considering that he made the effort to look put-together, I’m going to give him an “attaboy.” But yes, the jacket is a teensy bit too tight, the pants are a teensy bit too short, and the tie – though this one is cool – should have stood out more.

    And I think the suit is blue, only because his socks appear to be blue.

  • quiltrx

    He’s looking like the guy who helped me close a checking account last week.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Can I bank where you bank if the tellers look like THAT?

      • BawlmerGurl


  • Catiline

    Y’all can keep your Fassbenders and your Elbas, I have been lusting after this gentleman since Serenity. I’m happy enough to see him getting his due that I can live with a boring suit.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Whoa whoa, some of us have drams of Elbas and Ejiofors. Why exclude? (Fassbender can take a hike, though)

      • MilaXX

        *high fives you*

      • Catiline

        Fair enough!! An embarrassment of sausage riches is a nice problem to have 🙂

      • ItsDicey

        A hearty “amen” from this girl!

  • decormaven

    Aww, stylists, pick it up and do right by this fellow. He’s got a serious run at the awards with this film; outfit him properly.

  • MW

    It’s been a while since I squealed because someone I adore has been unexpectedly featured here. I have no trouble at all overlooking the on-the-boring-side get up.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Kinky Boots. I will forever be in love. Not to mention that beautiful face. But yeah – could have at least worn a colourful tie.

  • I was just wondering where Chiwetel Ejiofor was…he was everywhere for a while and then nothing.

  • Sarah Thomas

    They’re scared to look frivolous at a Serious Movie Premiere.

  • boweryboy

    I have an overwhelming need to closely crop his ‘fro.

  • tereliz

    I would LOVE to see him—or anyone, really—in a pink plaid tie. Pink would probably be fab with his skintone.

  • Trickytrisha

    As far as I’m concerned, this amazing actor can do no wrong. He didn’t show up in a banana hammock, so he’s perfectly fine with me.

  • StephanieLovesTLo

    I’d be his slave for 12 years.

  • formerlyAnon

    Standing around in a jacket that looks a little snug – what a waste! I want to see him in motion, spouting dialogue, but most certainly in motion.

  • ItsDicey

    This dude is awesome. Unremarkable suit, but I dig his acting skills. I first noticed him in Serenity and then Kinky Boots. J’Adore.

  • demidaemon

    Enh. I almost liked the tie for a minute, but then I realized–and please pardon the image–that it kind of looks like it had an unfortunate run-in with a horny college student, if you get my meaning.

    • MaggieMae

      Ew, lol.

    • snowy_owl_000

      What has been see can’t be unseen!

  • carnush

    I don’t love the paisley tie, but that is a fine looking man!