Tirdad Derakhshani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in London and rural North Jersey, where he closely studied a theoretical, radical post-Hegelian approach to cow-tipping. While pursuing doctoral studies in modern religious thought and philosophy, he worked at the Inquirer as a news clerk, researcher, editor, and entertainment writer.
He moved to Philadelphia in the mid-'80s to seek enlightenment, and instead received a B. He hopes Side Show will help citizens better understand the vicissitudes of the Consumerist-Military-Industrial-Infotainment Complex, or, in other words, why Britney Spears has a tendency to shave her head, Brangelina to adopt children, and Lindsay Lohan to crave imprisonment.
“The house we used was the actual house where they lived,” he said.
“And Ruth’s labor scene was shot in the hospital where Seretse was actually born. The authenticity lends the film an atmosphere that’s undeniable.” While Oyelowo is anxious to find out how American audiences will react to the film, he said he was gratified that Seretse and Ruth’s son, Ian Khama, who happens to be Botswana’s current president, loved the film.
“He made an unannounced visit to the set by helicopter,” said Oyelowo.
The actress Rosamund Pike, star of Jack Reacher and the forthcoming Gone Girl, has credited her Old Etonian partner, a recovering heroin addict 18-years her senior, with bringing focus to her career.
The son of a powerful tribal chief in what was then called the Bechuanaland Protectorate, Seretse scandalized both his people and the British government when he married Ruth, a white, middle-class office girl he met at a dance in London, where he was studying law. Oyelowo, 40, who was also a producer on the film, said he considers Seretse and Ruth's romance one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century. “I just couldn’t believe I didn’t know their story,” he said.
(The couple did finally return to Bechuanaland in 1956.) Ruth, then pregnant with their first child, decided to stay in the sparsely populated African territory.Pike, who appears on the cover of Vogue this month, admits she could sometimes appear 'aloof’ and 'ethereal’, putting it down to her determination to become an actress from an early age. This point is what I’ve been working for since I was small sitting at the side of my parents’ rehearsal rooms and figuring out what I believed in.” Now she is about to appear opposite Ben Affleck in one of Hollywood’s most sought after female roles - Amy Dunne, the wife in Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher, who flew her to St Louis to drink whisky with him to see if she had the “balls” to play the part.She said: “I’m passionately driven – to the point of oddness. In her Twenties Pike was engaged to Joe Wright, the director, who called off their wedding after the 'save the date’ cards had been dispatched.“I feel very uncomfortable because people think I have walked into this profession through connections and looks, and they somehow think it’s easy – and it’s not f****** easy. And I didn’t have parents, or a social set, who had anything to do with the film industry,” she said.Her parents are opera singers who raised her in a flat in Earl’s Court before she won a scholarship to Badminton School, in Bristol.She told The Times magazine: “I’m still proud to have been in a relationship with them. She also has a two year old son with twice-married Uniacke.