- Grandfather’s memories -
The actor said he recorded 10 hours of conversation in Nigeria with his grandfather — who died three years ago — and played the material for “Half of a Yellow Sun” director Biyi Bandele and other cast members.
“An ordinary Nigerian experiencing this extraordinarily turbulent time, from the hope of independence to the seismic cost of the war.”
“I had Chiwetel (Ejiofor) in mind for the part of Odenigbo,” Bandele told AFP.
- ‘Helpful’ typhoid -
“People started falling like flies three days into the shoot.”
“And it’s because she had typhoid! And her character is supposed to be going through a tough time here, so it actually worked really well!” Bandele said.