You might know our guest Remi Adeleke from the movies ‘Transformers’ or his phenomenal book “Transformed: A Navy SEAL's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds”. I am a graduate of New York University and am currently pursuing my master's degree in cinema studies at the same institution. IMDb takes a look back at the top trending stars, movies, television shows, and cultural moments of this unprecedented year. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. (Also, for more information on Remi’s background, see the IAmSecond.org video at the end of this article.) "Living in the Bronx in the 90's, I got involved in some pretty bad activities," Remi told The Gospel Herald in an exclusive interview. To him, his mother was a huge influence too. His father went on to study in London and became a well-known engineer and entrepreneur in Nigeria. It's fitting that Remi Adeleke ended up finding work in Hollywood blockbusters like Transformers: The Last Knight after leaving the Navy. Actor Remi Adeleke’s remarkable faith journey that led him to … After serving as Navy SEAL, he transitioned into a career in the entertainment industry, working as a creative consultant and actor on Transformers… Michael Bay is often known as the king of modern day action films. Adeleke is a descendant of Edenton slaves. (Los Angeles, CA) — [Gospel Herald] As a teen, "Transformers" actor Remi Adeleke lived life in the fast lane. No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. It is a style that launched the multi-billion dollar “Transformers” franchise, incorporating Bay-centric violence, humor and wildly over-the-top special effects to make accessible for millions of individuals who never grew up with the Hasbro line of toys or television show. Whether it is the slow-mo action sequences or the larger-than-life narratives, Bay has a style that is nothing short of an auteur. (Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for … In addition to Adeleke's appearance in the new "Transformers" and the release of the "I Am Second" film, he also will appear in Jockey's new brand campaign #ShowEm, launching June 15. In an exclusive interview with Gospel Herald, Remi also shares his amazing story of faith,redemption and perseverance. And before he was a Navy SEAL, he was a drug dealer in the Bronx. It was a tough undertaking, one that was inspired by Adeleke’s viewing of the Michael Bay classics, “Bad Boys” and “The Rock” back in the mid-90s. Email me at riyad.mamedyarov@gmail.com. You want it. With little prospects and opportunities in Nigeria, Adeleke’s mother moved with him and his brother to the Bronx. With a Masters of Science and a tour of the Middle East under his belt, Adeleke soon entered the world of acting, starring in a few commercials and plays. I knew there was going to be a Bumblebee spin-off–that’s going into production soon–and there might possibly be other spinoffs too. His dad was the firstborn son of a Yoruba chief who had nine wives. It proved to be a formative experience, one that would inspire the thug-turned-Navy SEAL to try his hand at the very thing that inspired him to pursue acting. With the corrupt military regime of Nigeria stripping his family of their fortune, the Adeleke’s were pushed into the other side of that cruel financial divide. Thankfully, Adeleke did find his way out of the bustling concrete jungle, enlisting in the Navy and eventually becoming a bonafide Navy SEAL. From 42 to "How to Get Away With Murder," take a look back at the TV and movie roles of the stars of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Now with five “Transformers” films under his belt, it seems that Bay is finally moving on. It’s like a socioeconomic crapshoot, wherein one could be born a senator’s son, or on the other side of the spectrum, a fatherless son. If they call me up and said, ‘we want you in another one’ or ‘are you available?’ I’ll be on first plane going out to wherever I need to film.” And with no end in sight for the “Transformers” series, it seems that maybe Adeleke will have to begin saving up those frequent flyer miles for those shooting trips. advertising@theknockturnal.com It’s like a socioeconomic crapshoot, wherein one could be born a senator’s son, or on the other side of the spectrum, a fatherless son. Now, nearly twenty year after originally seeing Bay’s “The Rock,” Adeleke is working with the man who inspired him to change his life for the better. Asking about whether there was a sense of finality in the air during the shoots, Adeleke responded, “I didn’t know that this was going to be his last film during shooting. I said to myself, ‘if I was ever going to turn my life around–which at that point in time seemed far-fetched–I would do that. We are a collective of creative tastemakers made up of fashion, music and entertainment industry insiders. Make sure this account has posts available on instagram.com. Remi Adeleke In today’s episode, we have someone who is the embodiment of peak performance over the long haul. Remi Adeleke is a former Navy SEAL, having served in Naval Special Warfare and with SEAL Team 3 from 2002 to 2016. He has been through very dark times in his life and career, and only when he met Jesus did things start to turn around, as he reveals in his I AM SECOND testimony. “The first film to inspire me was “Bad Boys” because it was the first film where I saw two African American men who looked like they had somewhat the same demeanor I had. With commercials, plays and now films coming in, it appears that Adeleke’s trajectory of fame is only growing. Remi Adeleke, Actor: Transformers: The Last Knight. In 1987, the corrupt Nigerian government stripped his father of the island, robbing him of his largest investment. Remi’s life spiraled downward after his father died in 1987. So because of all this news about spinoffs and new universes, I didn’t get the impression that this was going to be his last film.” Perhaps Adeleke is right and Bay will return to have one more shot at creating an explosion-filled, fast cut “Transformers” flick. I wasn’t familiar with Remi Adeleke’s story prior to reading Transformed: A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Thrones of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds. It’s a cathartic experience, one that allows an individual to vicariously live through another, experiencing physiological responses much like the characters on the screen. We recently interviewed Remi Adeleke the Nigerian-born actor and former U.S. Navy Seal who plays a Lieutenant in Transformers: The Last Knight. In his provocative new memoir, Transformed, actor/author/model Remi Adeleke tells a seemingly impossible (but true) story of his amazing path from a … As a teen, "Transformers" actor Remi Adeleke lived life in the fast lane. 16 people found this helpful And yet there is seldom anything that can tangibly be done about it, save for drastically altering public policy and social culture so as to provide more equal opportunities–something that politicians and lawmakers aren’t exactly raring to go do, sadly. I highly recommend the book. Remi Adeleke is a former military man and successful actor. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. beauty@theknockturnal.com, © Copyright - The Knockturnal | Developed by CI Design + Media, This error message is only visible to WordPress admins, Highlights From The 41st Annual Muse Awards, Exclusive: Michelin Star Chef Dani Garcia Talks Taste of sbe Virtual Culinary Event, Exclusive: Taylor K. 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This 6 week program includes workout plans for all levels, a specialized SEALFIT fuelling plan, and Unbeatable Mind mental toughness training. She would take us to Tribeca Film Festival and art galleries. "I was stealing from jobs, running scams, selling drugs, hanging out with a … “We don’t get recruiters that come to high schools, and show what Navy SEALs do like they do in the suburbs. His is a story of riches to rags, and then back to riches again. (Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures via The Gospel Herald) "Living in the Bronx in the 90's, I got involved in some pretty bad activities," Remi told the Gospel Herald in an exclusive interview. It’s a cruel natal destiny to say the least. Navy SEAL to Michael Bay actor–the transformation of Remi Adeleke. It was a self-professed unsavory moment in Adeleke’s life, one that he reflects on in his interview with Marketwatch.com by saying, “I eventually came to the realization that I didn’t leave New York, I would either end up dead or in prison.”. But seeing as his role in “Transformers: The Last Knight” grew from bit part to principal role in a film that is jam packed with Oscar winners, movie stars, and models, it appears that perhaps the series has more for Adeleke to do. Remi was born into riches and wealth. Whether it was the courageous commandos of “The Rock” or the positive portrayal of African American protagonists in “Bad Boys,” Adeleke slowly began realizing that there was more to life. When I saw these guys in these wet suits coming out of the water, going into the island, sneaking around and to go save people, something kind of clicked. It warms my heart and inspires zeal to talk movies with fellow cinephiles. Ex-Navy Seal & Transformers: Last Knight's Remi Adeleke Shares "I am Second" June 22nd, 2017 Remi Adeleke has succeeded at so many things, and yet the man is now launching an acting career. Whether it’s the incessant crime rates or the lack of economic opportunities, individuals born on the wrong side of the socioeconomic divide are often made to begin the rat race a few minutes–or in this case, more like a few years–after the more affluent and educated have. Instead, they were playing heroes who were out there running and gunning to save the day.” The actor went on to explain that “when I saw that film, my mind kind of exploded and I realized there’s so much more out there. Remi will be the first to admit that he has an exciting job, but what is even more remarkable is his story which begins in a small country in Western Africa. As a part of America’s most elite fighting unit, Remi Adeleke has had the opportunity to see and do things men and women have only dreamt about. And another thing she would do is take us to the movies. When one goes to go see an action film, most pay attention to the explosions, the fight sequences and the high octane narrative. To be honest, I hadn’t even heard of him. He prepared for this role—like his role in "Transformers"—by adhering to … It’s all about access. His work is immediately recognizable and many others attempt to emulate it. Remi and Jessica Adeleke attend the U.S. premiere of “Transformers: The Last Knight” at the Civic Opera House in Chicago on June 20, 2017. Listen to the audio interview and read the transcript below. Remi Adeleke is an actor, who featured in the well known movie “Transformer”, recounts how God changed his life radically. She loved movies and she still does. fashion@theknockturnal.com Now, I didn’t say it like I’m going to do that, but it was more like if I could, I would do that.” It appears that that far-fetched idea eventually actualized, wherein his former self would seldom recognize him today. editorial@theknockturnal.com Have any questions, comments or just want to chat? Remi Adeleke and Michael Bay on the set of "Transformers: The Last Knight." Shor… “Absolutely, if the opportunity is there, I’ll come back for a hundred ‘Transformers’ films [laughs]. ... remi adeleke, transformers film, transformed, stories of transformation, black authors. I could that hero.” But Adeleke doesn’t attribute that to Bay alone. NRT Christian Music News Update: Former Navy Seal and 'Transformers' Actor Remi Adeleke Stars in Latest 'I Am Second' Film: Adeleke reveals rare, candid … Exclusive: Stars Jessica Rothe and Harry Shum Jr.... IFC Hosts Special Virtual Screening of ‘MLK/FBI’. God brought about an incredible transformation in the life of the “Transformers” star. Within a few years, Adeleke began dabbling in thievery, drug dealing and scamming. Remi Adeleke is just a real man who took ownership of his life, his mistakes, his shortcomings and took control through faith, hard work, and a unwavering goal to become a Navy Seal. ‘Slave Stealers’: Harriet Jacobs TV Series In The Works From ‘6 Underground’s Remi Adeleke & Emmy-Winning Nick Nanton, Slideshow: Chicago Red-Carpet Premiere of ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’, Transformed: A Navy SEALs Unlikely Journey, Movies That Were Worse Than Expected: 2019, Top 30 Highest Grossing Movies for the IMDb Top 250, Mental Health, Addiction and more with Navy SEAL and Transformed Author Remi Adeleke - Fit Club. The Knockturnal had the opportunity to sit down with the tough man to talk about his time working with Bay, becoming a Navy SEAL and the transition from soldier to actor. Meet actor Remi Adeleke. Before Remi Adeleke was a famous actor, he was a Navy SEAL. He tried it all, then found his way out by joining the military. It’s a vicious cycle, one that pushes individuals down and ensures they stay down. Thankfully, it appears that Remi Adeleke broke out of that cycle. Adeleke has had one hell of a ride thus far. Having worked on the series for a total of ten years, it’s only natural that Bay set his eyes on yet another vivaciously loud project. It was like somewhat of a way for us to escape the violence through film,” said Adeleke. The actor explains that “when I went to go see “The Rock,” that was the first time I was really exposed to that military world. His biggest project was one of the first manmade islands in the world, now known as Banana Island. But even becoming a … And they weren’t playing thugs or gangsters or hustlers. Raised in the Bronx, this former U.S. Navy SEAL was launched into a Hollywood career with a role in “Transformers: The Last Knight” and commercials for AT&T, the Army (believe it or not), and Jockey. My mom was big into the arts. Navy SEAL to Michael Bay actor–the transformation of Remi Adeleke Birth sure is a lottery. With no father in the picture, Remi Adeleke tried to find a father in the things around him: music, culture and peers. I felt like because of the reports I read where they were getting ready to set up a new universe, Bay would stay on. Remi Adeleke an actor, who featured in the well known movie “Transformer”, recounts how God changed his life radically.In an exclusive interview with Gospel Herald, Remi also shares his amazing story of faith,redemption and perseverance.. Read interview below: As a teen, “Transformers” actor Remi Adeleke lived life in the fast lane. But he hasn’t always had it easy. Finding Positive Role Models in Bay’s “Bad Boys” and “The Rock”. info@theknockturnal.com Yet Remi takes that premise to task in this powerful memoir. Remi Adeleke shows us what people are capable of achieving when all the odds are stacked against them. Adeleke signed an endorsement deal with the clothing company Jockey and had a role in Transformers: The Last Knight, which came out in 2017. I don’t have to be a thug, I don’t have to be a hustler, I don’t have to be a drug dealer. Catch “Transformers: The Last Knight” nationwide June 21. For a child, there’s no way of knowing. From hustler to Navy SEAL, the military man-turned-actor has seen it all. 54k Followers, 576 Following, 609 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Remi Adeleke (@remiadeleke) Sadly that did not come to be, due to his father’s untimely passing in 1987. He is the father of three young boys who all bear the royal Nigerian middle name that they, male descendants of a chieftain, are entitled to. 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