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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

  • British actor
  • Born August 22, 1967

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (; born 22 August 1967) is a British actor and former fashion model best known for his roles as Simon Adebisi on Oz, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Kurse in Thor: The Dark World, Killer Croc in Suicide Squad, Mr. Eko on Lost, Malko in the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones and Dave Duerson in the NFL biopic drama Concussion.Akinnuoye-Agbaje's feature directorial debut, Farming, wrapped production in 2017 and had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.


Well, filming in Hawaii, you know, is a blessing. It's one of the most beautiful places on this planet. It has a very mystic energy which informs you as an actor.




I've never been really great at trusting anybody, just because of the way I grew up.




What is a shame is that there isn't stuff that is as great as 'Oz' on a consistent level around today.




When a child wants to be accepted, he'll do anything. And if it means you're getting a certain amount of notoriety from a fight, that's what you'll do.




You really have to act your pants off to stay alive. I thrive on that; I rise to the occasion of the circumstances.




I'm of Nigerian descent, from the Yoruba tribe. Names are very significant in that culture. It basically states your purpose in life.




The only way you can influence your fate is to put your soul into your performance and hope it registers with the audience.




Also, I'd like to play an athlete again, while I'm still physically fit, or a musician, like Nat King Cole, because I play the trumpet and sing. I'd like to incorporate that into a character.




Wale means to arrive home. So the crown has arrived home. Akin is warrior or brave man. Nuoye is a brave man of chieftaincy and Agbaje means wealth and prosperity.




My father was a lorry driver, very rarely at home. The house was run by my mother, and because there were 10 or so kids, there was no time for individual attention. It was about survival. It was about where the next meal was coming from.




Certainly, I look for different characters 'cause I always like to keep people guessing, and I also don't like to get typecast.




Personally, I love Toronto.




I think that what 'Oz' did is it spawned a great generation of television production. But people know its place in television and just in great dramas. It's the foundation of my career. Most producers, show runners, directors, and casting directors put me in movies based on my performance in that show.




I wanted to wash off the experience of Africa but obviously I couldn't because that's who I was.




I've played different nationalities, and everything from vulnerable to strong to crooked to demented. It just increases your possibilities of work because, if people know you can do just about anything, then you're going to get more offers. That's what I want to do.




It's a significant question: should black people only adopt black children, and white people white children?




I just want to keep the diversity and the options open. In terms of what I'm looking for, I'd like to do a lead action role.




I was always led to believe you should take care of yourself, trust in your abilities and you're the author of your own destiny.




The only way I know how to deliver is to focus; some people can turn it on or off - I'd rather stay in character.



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