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Title: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Valaquen on Aug 22, 2014, 11:09:51 PM
After years of turning over rocks, sending out e-mails, giving up, resuming, sleepless nights and somnambulant days... there's this: http://alienseries.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/the-life-of-bolaji-badejo-2/ (http://alienseries.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/the-life-of-bolaji-badejo-2/)

Enjoy  :)
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Omegamorph on Aug 22, 2014, 11:35:40 PM
This deserves a clapping Orson Welles.


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Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Morgoth on Aug 23, 2014, 12:11:52 AM
This has to be the best internet find of the past decade. Kudos to who found all this information. It's sad to hear Badejo died of sickle cell.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Xenomrph on Aug 23, 2014, 12:14:46 AM
Yeah, it's a shame he passed away so long ago. Great article!
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Elmazalman on Aug 23, 2014, 07:09:04 AM
Thanks for that.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Darkness on Aug 23, 2014, 11:34:40 AM
Fantastic article. I really don't know how you managed to track them down. It's nice to have confirmation on what actually happened to him after Alien.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Valaquen on Aug 23, 2014, 01:37:14 PM
If anyone cares to, leave a comment on the blog. The family will be checking in to read them. Today would have been his 61st birthday. Show them and Bolaji some love, if you like :)
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: _Quarme_ on Aug 23, 2014, 02:56:04 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI's_100_Years...100_Heroes_%26_Villains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI's_100_Years...100_Heroes_%26_Villains)

Look who got number 14 on the best villains list. :)
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Hudson on Aug 23, 2014, 05:13:53 PM
As interesting as this this article was (and as outstanding as it is) I'd even read a separate article about the research that went into it. This story is interesting as f**k, the story behind it has to be interesting also.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Darwinsgirl on Aug 23, 2014, 07:47:53 PM
Excellent article!  I so enjoyed reading about his life.

Really great work Valaquen!
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Valaquen on Aug 24, 2014, 06:52:07 PM
Quote from: Hudson on Aug 23, 2014, 05:13:53 PM
As interesting as this this article was (and as outstanding as it is) I'd even read a separate article about the research that went into it. This story is interesting as f**k, the story behind it has to be interesting also.

Just imagine a lot of finger-crossing, hopes dashed and fulfilled, e-mails sent, returned or lost, and a lot of cold, treacly persipration  :P
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Ash 937 on Aug 25, 2014, 12:26:52 AM
Excellent piece, Valaquen.  Badejo doesn't get enough credit for being one of the most convincing movie monsters ever.  You just helped changed that a little.

Kudos on your efforts and the awesome result.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Valaquen on Aug 25, 2014, 09:45:17 AM
Quote from: Ash 937 on Aug 25, 2014, 12:26:52 AM
Excellent piece, Valaquen.  Badejo doesn't get enough credit for being one of the most convincing movie monsters ever.  You just helped changed that a little.

Kudos on your efforts and the awesome result.

Thank you. Bolaji deserves a Wikipedia page, at least.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: wmmvrrvrrmm on Aug 25, 2014, 11:00:35 AM
Good work. Glad to know that he died a natural death
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: PsyKore on Aug 25, 2014, 12:40:08 PM
I've always wondered what happened to him. Always assumed he just wasn't interested in the limelight. Sad to hear he died so long ago.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Valaquen on Aug 25, 2014, 01:17:24 PM
Quote from: PsyKore on Aug 25, 2014, 12:40:08 PM
I've always wondered what happened to him. Always assumed he just wasn't interested in the limelight.

That certainly seems to have been part of it. The guy had a life to live, with his own personal dreams and ambitions.

I'm seeing a lot of people who knew him saying the same thing, commenting on his personality. It's nice.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Hudson on Aug 25, 2014, 05:27:19 PM
Quote from: wmmvrrvrrmm on Aug 25, 2014, 11:00:35 AM
Good work. Glad to know that he died a natural death

Now I want to find whoever started that stupid rumor about him committing suicide.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Valaquen on Aug 25, 2014, 05:44:00 PM
Quote from: Hudson on Aug 25, 2014, 05:27:19 PM
Quote from: wmmvrrvrrmm on Aug 25, 2014, 11:00:35 AM
Good work. Glad to know that he died a natural death

Now I want to find whoever started that stupid rumor about him committing suicide.

Well, I think some of the crew heard the rumour and talked about it on Alien Experience. Jon Sorensen recalled the death being reported in Screen International. Some French website ran with an article about how Bolaji was constrained to hotel rooms and segregated from everyone, which depressed him, leading to suicide.

But the truth is out there now. Boyega seemed quite annoyed that the suicide rumour was taking root, so it's cool to correct it.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: SpaceMarines on Aug 25, 2014, 08:22:02 PM
Badejo pinning Kotto to the ground may be my favourite production story from Alien. :laugh:

Truly stellar work here, Valaquen. :)
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Local Trouble on Aug 25, 2014, 09:43:29 PM
I always thought Manute Bol would make a worthy successor to Bolaji Badejo.  Alas, he died in 2010:

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Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Elmazalman on Aug 25, 2014, 10:18:44 PM
He certainly looks the part.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Local Trouble on Aug 25, 2014, 10:24:00 PM
He was even taller at 7'7".
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Elmazalman on Aug 25, 2014, 10:37:01 PM
Wrong decade for this guy but i reckon if Ridley saw this,he might have gotten the part instead.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: turtlewarrior13 on Aug 26, 2014, 12:10:38 PM
I like the way he played the alien and if he hadn't have disappeared he would probably get more parts
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Valaquen on Aug 27, 2014, 07:16:24 PM
Boyega, who relocated to Nigeria from Oslo this week, sent me a message saying: "Hi Johnny, hope you are great, I went through the 16 responses: awesome and emotional." So don't forget, if you want to leave a message on the article, do so. The family will see it. Boyega will also take a photo of Bolaji's grave at some point.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: TITANOSAUR on Aug 30, 2014, 12:48:51 PM
it's sad to know that the man who brought life to the beast of nightmares and terror has left us. and nobody knew of it for so long it's rather depressing. however by bringing life to the Original Alien, he has been forever immortalized, and when future fans of the franchise read the credits of his name as the alien he'll continue to be remembered.

but there were many more people from the original film that have yet to be found after their 35 year absence. where are they now? Have they lived a small humble life? did they succeed in other ventures, or have they fallen? these people created a masterpiece and they must be remembered more then just their name in the credits.
Title: Re: The Life of Bolaji Badejo
Post by: Valaquen on Sep 07, 2014, 11:52:40 AM
Added a new photograph of Boyega and Bolaji as children to the article:


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