Rami Malek revealed that he thought twice before accepting the role in the upcoming Bond movie. The actor said that he insisted that his character should not be another stereotypical middle eastern terrorist.
The Bond franchise is known for its iconic villains and fans often relate the quality of a particular Bond film to the foe he’s set to take on. With a role that carries such a great deal of weight to it, it’s no wonder why the actor is concerned. Malek, who won an Oscar this year for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, feared his Egyptian ancestry could lead to him being cast as an Arabic-speaking terrorist or a villain who uses religion as a justification for his crimes.
In an interview with The Mirror, the actor said, “It’s a great character and I’m very excited. But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary Fukunaga [director]. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’. But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”
The Oscar-winning actor was born in Los Angeles in 1981 to parents who immigrated to the United States three years earlier. Speaking of his heritage, the 38-year-old added: “I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Omar Sharif. These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there.”
As for Bond 25, the actor revealed: “It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies. But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with.”
Though we still haven’t gotten an official name for Bond 25, the movie is slated to reach cinemas in the US, Britain, and France on 8 April 2020.