'Doctor Strange' Star Chiwetel Ejiofor Still Remembers the First Time He Saw 'Basic Instinct'

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who stars as Baron Karl Mordo in the upcoming 'Doctor Strange' film, recalls the first time he saw the brutal opening scene of 'Basic Instinct,' explains why he's never seen a psychic, and discusses his new supernatural role in this wide-ranging interview.

Released on 9/12/2016

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Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor

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You know, I've never been to a psychic.
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I've been tempted a couple of times.
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The idea of creating a reality based
00:10
on somebody suggesting it to you,
00:13
I think is quite possible.
00:14
So yeah, something about that makes me uneasy.
00:17
So in Doctor Strange, I play Karl Mordo.
00:20
He's really the first person who begins
00:22
to really introduce Doctor Strange,
00:24
or Stephen Strange, into that kind
00:28
of mystical, weird and wonderful world.
00:31
Karl Mordo with the Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton,
00:35
are the ones that really take Doctor Strange
00:38
into this universe.
00:40
Their relationship becomes very fascinating
00:42
and quite complex, actually.
00:44
I remember first being aware of acting, really,
00:47
with Cary Grant, you know, and that sense of somebody
00:51
who, you know, could really just do anything.
00:54
It could be comic, it could be serious,
00:56
and you'd be anything that they did,
00:58
and that was my first real awareness
01:00
of cinematic film skill, if you know.
01:04
My favorite sex scene.
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[Interviewer] Yes.
01:07
I remember being completely stunned
01:09
by the opening of Basic Instinct.
01:11
I mean, I don't know if you remember that,
01:12
with the murderer at the beginning.
01:14
I mean it's weird to say that's your favorite sex scene
01:16
or something because it's so violent and kind of messed up.
01:20
'Cause I was a kid at the time, you know.
01:21
Well, maybe not a kid, but certainly not,
01:23
you know, that old, and I found it very graphic.
01:26
And then I also was like because
01:29
the ice pick comes out from under the bed
01:31
and there was blood everywhere, you know,
01:33
you were just aware that you just watched
01:35
a bit of cinema that you will never,
01:38
you could never, you know, get out of your mind.