The British actor portrays Faraday, an alien who comes to Earth as part of a plan to save both it and his home planet in the Showtime series, “The Man Who Fell to Earth”.
He told CNN it was a role he could not resist.
“I thought the character of Faraday was just such a great opportunity,” he said. “As an actor to take on such a crazy but beautiful kind of bow and travel with this character, really to find something remarkable.”
If the title and story sound familiar, it’s because it’s considered an “inspired sequel” to the 1976 science fiction film starring David Bowie.
But this time, it’s a series of black actors, Ejiofor and Naomie Harris, who portray the main characters.
Harris stars as Justin Falls, an ingenious scientist who Faraday gets to help him on his mission.
Jenny Lumet co-wrote and produced the series with Alex Kurtzman, saying it was purposeful to have colored actors.
“The first character we understood was the character of Justin,” Lumet said. “I believe you can argue that colored women are the most vulnerable people on this planet. If I came and if I wanted a true and clear picture of this planet, it’s the binoculars I would need. for.”
Harris told CNN that her character reminded her of her own mother and many of the other women who helped raise her, especially given the responsibility and excitement involved in Justin, who connects with Faraday, who literally have to learn to communicate with her.
“I think that connection only occurs when we get over our fear of each other and when we are willing to listen and communicate,” she said. “And that means listening to people whose perspectives we do not necessarily agree with, but we must be willing to listen anyway.”
Co-author Kurtzman noted that these are important lessons that come at a time when many are “asking these huge questions about how we came to this particular moment in our timeline as a species.”
“And we could either deliver it to you in a very ‘eat your vegetables’ way, or we could use science fiction as a genre and prism of Fairday and Justin, who are both truly the ultimate outsiders, as a way of looking at our the planet and a way of looking at who we are now, “Kurtzman said.
“The Man Who Fell to Earth” debuts on Showtime on April 24.