Oscar-winning Arab-American superstar Rami Malek had one condition before playing a villain in the landmark 25th installment of the James Bond franchise.
Villain role “not driven by religion”
Before taking up the role, Rami Malek said he didn’t want the Bond villain’s traits to be associated with Arab stereotypes or religion. He said, “[That is] another thing that I discussed with Cary [Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga]; I said we cannot identify him [the villain] 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,” he explained.
Rami Malek the first Arab to win ‘Best Actor’ at Oscars
Last February, the 38-year-old actor made history, winning ‘The Best Actor’ at the Oscars. He becomes the first Arab-American to win the accolade, for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
“The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this,” he said after winning his Oscar.
Daniel Craig making his final appearance as James Bond
Production for the 25th installment of James Bond is ongoing in London. Daniel Craig is set to reprise 007 for one last time, after four appearances. He’s also the longest-running actor to play the iconic spy. His stint with the Bond franchise is longer than Marvel Cinematic Universe and film franchises like ‘Step Up’ and ‘Transformers’.