Cast Trivia - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
- He was born in London, to Nigeria immigrant parents.
- His name is pronounced ADD-ay WAHL-ay ACK-id NOY-ay AG-ba-jay. Ade means “the crown”, Wale means “to arrive”, and when combined it means “the crown has arrived”. Akin is “warrior” and Agbaje is “prosperity and wealth”.
- Since his name is so dificult to pronounce, most fans and even friends call him “Triple A.” Closer friends and family know him as “Wally” or even “Wally Badger.”
- His is a devout Buddhist.
- He is fluent in several languages, including Italian, Yoruba and Swahili. He also can “get along” in French.
- He earned a Masters of Law degree from The University of London. While enrolled there, he worked as a street cleaner from 1am to 5am.
- He started his career modeling in Milan, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
- From 1997 until 2000, he starred on the show Oz, along with Harold Perrineau (Michael Dawson.)
- In the commentary track for the Oz’s first season DVD, the director said that Adewale would display his penis in scenes where it was not required by the script, but would refuse to do so when it was written in the script.
- He appeared in a Pet Shop Boys’ music video.
- He’s said that Mr. Eko was created to “explore the spiritual side of the island.”
- His Lost character was originally going to be called Emeka, but Adewale suggested Eko, since it’s a Nigerian tribe name. He also convinced producers to add the Mr.
- During season two, told reporters that he thinks the Lost writers are just “winging it” and that they have no idea how it’s going to end.
- Mr. Eko’s story was planned to last for several seasons, but Adewale asked to be killed off much earlier. He’s said that he felt isolated living in Hawaii. This was especially true after his parents passed away in late 2005.
- Since he almost always plays African characters, he uses a Nigerian accent when acting. However, his natural voice is quite British, somewhat Cockney.
- He considers himself a “method actor” and almost always stays in complete character while on set. This has allegedly caused a lot of resentment amongst the cast and crew of his various projects.
- He was arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 2, 2006 for disobeying a police officer and operating a motor vehicle without a license. He was released after six hours on $500 bail. A few weeks later, he was cleared of all charges after providing proof that he had a license.
- The Lost producers have said that they wanted Mr. Eko to return for the series finale. According to Eonline, he was offered “a hearty sum” to be in one scene, but he asked for five times that amount. Since a deal wasn’t able to be reached, he didn’t appear.
Quotes (all are about Lost):
“I’ve never been really great at trusting anybody, just because of the way I grew up. 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. Coming to this show is the opposite.”
“I kind of feel for the people on the show who are just coming into the business and this is their first gig. They’ve got a big letdown coming.”
“When a star character on a hit show chooses to leave there’s always speculation as to whether or not they’ve done this or that or not gotten along with this or that person. Straight up: it was probably one of the best relationships I’ve ever had in terms of developing a character, and I think the character will be a testament to that.”
“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. There was no socializing. I would start two hours before I went to the set and I wouldn’t say any other words other than the ones that I needed to say, that’s just the way I work and I think that intensity comes across in my characters.”
“It’s Lord of the Flies. It’s like, what are they going to do? Are they going to kill each other? Are they going to rape the women? Who’s going to become the leader, who’s going to, you know, get all the food? It’s basically survival. Then, if you throw in some sun tans and some pretty clothes and some good music and a few mystical twists…”