I know what you’re thinking. The man wins an Oscar once and now he’s making demands? Well, rest assured that this one is more than reasonable.
The 38-year-old actor will next be seen playing the villain in the next James Bond film. This follows his acclaimed performance as Freddie Mercury in the musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. But before accepting the role, Rami Malek reveals that he had asked for one thing or else he’s taking a hard pass.
The actor said he asked for assurance that the antagonist role should not be tied to any religious or ideological affiliation. It turns out one of the most in-demand actors of our time isn’t so demanding after all because this certainly makes sense. Speaking to the UK tabloid The Daily Mirror the actor said:
“I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or religion.” This is what he told Bond 25 director Carey Fukunaga.
“‘That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out,’” Malek added. “It’s a great character, and I’m very excited. But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary. … But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist,” the actor continued.
The Egyptian-American actor described before that his Arab roots as “the fabric” of who he is. And he’s not about to have anyone use that to drag his culture. Malek’s character is expected to be a tech expert villain who forces 007 out of retirement.