#23: MOS DEF AS FORD PREFECT IN THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (2005)

Before it was a lucrative big screen production, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was an award-winning BBC series co-starring a nerdy Brit (David Dixon) as sidekick Ford Prefect. Instead of casting a similarly nerdy-looking actors as such as, say, Jason Schwartzman, though, the film version’s producers looked outside the box and wisely picked Mos Def. The character isn’t the flashiest guy around, but the mighty Mos plays Ford as a brainy eccentric, and it works well. Too bad The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy presented him with yet another reason not to record a proper Black on Both Sides follow-up.