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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje -- you may remember as Mr. Eko on "Lost" or from "OZ" -- co-stars in the new "Pompeii" movie as Atticus, a champion gladiator trying to buy his freedom with one last fight.

"Atticus is a relic in this. He's ferocious with what he has to do because he has to stay alive to win his freedom," Adwale told Shadow and Act.  "But just having a platform to show the different layers of a character that big. He's not simply a badass, he's a badass with a heart and principles.  And also the relationship with him and Kit Harington's character. We go from foes to bros. It's a nice journey.

"And then to stand in the face of death and destruction, and to be that mighty. And then you've got that black fist up there [mimics raising his fist in the scene]. I said, "I've gotta do this." And it's really a credit to the writers, because as a black actor you don't get iconic roles in tentpoles. You just don't. So when you see that in your career, and I've been working 20 years, it's like yo, that's a winner."

When you see Atticus on screen, it really is Adewale, not a double.  But he admits, it took a month-long training period for him and the other actors to get into top shape."We went to gladiator boot camp about four weeks before the start of principal photography. Paul and the producer Jeremy Bolt really set up the structure for I and Kit and the rest of the cast to get into this Adonis kind of shape. What it consisted of was basically four hours working in the gym, six days a week, for four weeks. Two hours of fight training with weaponry, an hour of weight training, an hour of running, and this nutrition diet that we were put on that really helped sculpt our bodies."

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje joins Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is a British actor and former fashion model, best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost and Simon Adebisi on Oz.

2) Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London. His parents are Nigerian, of Yoruba origin. He has a law degree from King's College London and a Masters in Law from the University of London. 

3) His best known acting roles have been as the imposing convict Simon Adebisi in the 1990s HBO prison series Oz, and as Mr. Eko on ABC's survivor drama Lost. He was also in an episode of New York Undercover. He has numerous film credits since he began acting in 1994 and has appeared in many top films, including The Bourne Identity, in which he played a deposed African dictator, Hitu the police officer in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, and Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Twitter: @Adewale

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