Christopher Obi Ogugua (born September 24, 1970) is an English actor and filmmaker who studied at the Drama Centre London and graduated in 2001. Breakfast with Mugabe, a four-hander directed by Sir Antony Sher, was part of a season at the Royal Shakespeare Company, as did a 2007 season at the Globe Theatre.
Chris Obi, who portrays T’Kuvma on Star Trek: Discovery, studied at the Drama Centre London and then coached students at Actor in Session, also in London, where he serves as Artistic Director. He is a member of the Drama Society of America. The Klingon captain T’Kuvma on Star Trek: Discovery and Mr Jacquel on Starz are two of his most notable performances.
“Macbeth” starred Sean Bean and Samantha Bond, and Obi made his professional theatre debut as the Messenger. He has appeared in performances of Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Also, his film and television credits include State of Play, Doctor Who, Snow White and the Huntsman, American Gods, Ghost in the Shell, and Roots(2016), which was executive produced by veteran Star Trek actor and director LeVar Burton. Even though Chris Obi has done variant serious stage work, he is probably most well-known for his fantasy and science fiction television work.
Anubis and Mr Jacquel’s Relationship
Mr Jacquel in American Gods is a stylized depiction of the Egyptian deity Anubis. When it comes to the ancient Egyptian funeral cult Anubis, also known as Anpu, has control over the land of the dead and has been connected with it. In addition to “King of the Necropolis,” he’s also known as “The Embalmer.” Anubis appears as a jackal or a man with a jackal’s head in descriptions, paintings, sketches, and sculptures.
Although Anubis was a prominent deity in Egypt throughout the Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom eras. He was eclipsed by Osiris, an Egyptian god who is presiding over not only the dead and the afterlife but also resurrection, life, and vegetation. Anubis was the one who pieced Osiris’ corpse back together after he was slain and disfigured by his brother Seth so that Isis and Nephtys could raise him. Mummification considered a road to immortality in ancient Egypt, developed as a copy of Anubis’ work on Osiris’ body. During mummification, ancient Egyptian funerary priests donned a ceremonial Anubis costume.
Mr Jacquel is portrayed by Chris Obi.
Chris Obi portrays Mr Jacquel, a psychopomp deity who stands in for Anubis. Because of this, his primary duty is to accompany recently departed individuals to the ancient Egyptian afterlife (or “Duat”).
In the American Gods world, Mr Jacquel appears to exclusively instruct those who had a connection to Egyptian religion or culture while living (for example, Mrs Fadil, who was of Egyptian descent, and Laura, who worked in an Ancient Egypt-themed casino). As a death god, Mr Jacquel can know when individuals are about to pass away. Mr Jacquel, in a clear nod to Anubis, may turn into a black jackal whenever he pleases.
American Gods’ first season included Chris Obi as Mr Jacquel, portrayed by Chris Obi. He featured in three episodes: “Head Full of Snow,” “Git Gone,” and “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney.”
There’s a lot to learn about Jacquel.
As a descendant of Anubis, the Egyptian deity of the dead, Mr Jacquel is one of the Ancient Gods. Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis run Ibis and Jaquel Funeral Parlour (Demore Barnes). In ancient Egyptian mythology, Mr Ibis is the incarnation of Thoth, the god of writing and wisdom.
A dog-headed Egyptian deity of embalming and afterlife, Mr Jacquel is a manifestation of Anubis. He guards graves and tombs. As an ancient Greek psychopomp, Anubis transports the souls of the deceased to the afterlife. According to Egyptian paintings and writings, Anubis has both a human body and two heads.
When shown in a standing or kneeling position, the dog-headed deity holds golden scales that he uses to measure whether or not the heart (soul) of those who have died is lighter than the feather of truth.
Mr Jacquel initially appeared on American Gods in Queens, New York, escorting a woman to the afterlife. If she passed his test, she would be able to select her destiny in the hereafter.
She was followed to her peaceful afterlife transfer by a cat named Bast, a reference to Bastet, the ancient Egyptian cat goddess who also guides the souls of the deceased. Egyptians thought that individuals who perform wicked deeds without regret had heavy hearts, whereas those who are kind have a heart that is as light as the Feather of Truth.
We can assume that the virtuous soul’s lightness allows it to pick its afterlife existence plane. Jacquel decides the fate of a deceased’s soul if it is too heavy for it to reach a higher afterlife realm.
Laura Moon’s death was a perfect example of this. When she refused to let her heart be weighing and, her fate decided, Mr Jacquel warned her that she would spend the rest of her life in the dark because of her refusal.
In his role as Mr Jacquel on American Gods, Obi’s portrayal of Anubis/Mr. To him, it’s the same thing as getting up every day and doing his work the best he can because, as he says, “I know this is going to have an impact on the lives of others.” I talked with Obi after the first season of American Gods ended and, he spoke eloquently about how he found his way inside Death’s brain.
Chris responded by saying, “Well, my friend Charlie Cox did Stardust.” He’s one of my closest friends, and he’s always there for me. My knowledge of Neil Gaiman was limited, though, as I had never read any of his books. Stardust is all there is to it. As for me, I’d just finished Roots, and I’d developed a severe practice of reading the original material, and Roots completely blew my mind! Merely looking at it had a significant influence on me. And now, it would have been a requirement for me to read American Gods before I took on the challenge.
I didn’t see sense in scaring myself silly. As a matter of fact, it pushed me in the opposite direction. The moment with Mrs Fedil is one of my favorites. “Oh, that’s pretty emotional,” I thought as I read it. He’s affected, but he’ll get the work done. But there is a link between his profession and his personal life. Not that he takes his job seriously, but there is a connection between his employment and their dread. His understanding is that they need a firm foundation to get them through. For me, that was the first connection.