Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) - Rami Malek was excited to play a James Bond baddie but the actor said he was willing to walk away from his role of a terrorist if a religion or ideology was attached to the character, reports The Indian Express.
The actor, who has often spoken fondly about his Egyptian heritage, said he signed up when director Cary Fukunaga assured him that his character will not be identified like that.
“It’s a great character and I’m very excited. But that was the one thing that I discussed with Cary. 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’,” Malek told UK’s The Mirror.
“But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist. It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies.”
Malek, who won the Best Actor Oscar this year for his role of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, has spoken about growing up listening to Egyptian music and films by Omar Sharif.
The actor said playing the villain in Bond 25 is a huge responsibility.
“I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with,” he added.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Agent 007 for the fifth and the last time. Returning cast members of the franchise include Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw, while Lashana Lynch and Ana De Armas are new members.
The film, set for release in April next year, has hit the headlines for production troubles.
Initially, Danny Boyle was supposed to direct the film but he left the project due to creative differences with the producers.
Craig, 51, injured himself while shooting for the film in Jamaica and had to undergo a minor ankle surgery.
Los Angeles, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — Actor Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy for comedy sketch work on the television show "Laugh-In," has died early Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 90.
Johnson died of heart failure following a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer, family representative Harlan Boll said. No services have been planned, but his ashes will be spread in a private ceremony.
Johnson became known for his catchphrase "Verrry interesting" on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." The Michigan native won an Emmy in 1969 and was nominated two more times through his work on the hit show.
One of his characters was Wolfgang, a cigarette-smoking German soldier who thought World War II was still going on.
Johnson's other television appearances include "Bewitched," ''The Partridge Family," ''Lost in Space," ''Murder, She Wrote" and "The Donna Reed Show." He also nabbed roles in films as Dracula's sidekick in "Love at First Bite" and "The President's Analyst" as a federal agent.
Johnson appeared on several game shows such as "The Gong Show," ''The Match Game" and "Wheel of Fortune." He narrated more than 80 audiobooks and did voiceover work for "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo," ''Justice League Unlimited" and "DuckTales."
In 1954, Johnson began performing in several New York nightclubs. He landed his first job in the industry when he was cast in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and retired from acting in 2006.
Johnson was a non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor after being diagnosed then successfully treated in 1997.
Beijing, July 4 (Xinhua/UNB) -- "Spiderman: Far from Home," the new sequel to the 2017 "Spiderman: Homecoming," continued leading the Chinese mainland box office on Wednesday, China Movie Data Information Network said Thursday.
On the sixth day since its debut, the lastest American superhero film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe raked in about 59.47 million yuan (8.67 million U.S. dollars), accounting for about 68 percent of the daily total.
The Oscar-winning Japanese animated film "Spirited Away" ranked second, grossing about 10.96 million yuan.
It was followed by the fourth installment of Pixar's trademark "Toy Story" series, which generated about 4.08 million yuan.
"Spiderman: Far from Home" earned a total box office of 884 million yuan since its June 28 debut on the Chinese mainland.
Tehran, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — British soul singer Joss Stone says she was deported from Iran after arriving to perform a concert in the Islamic Republic.
Posting on Instagram, Stone says in a video: "Well, we got to Iran, we got detained and then we got deported."
She posted images of herself boarding a flight to Iran's Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, which is an economic free zone that allows travel by all nationalities.
Iranian newspapers reported Stone's Instagram comments on Thursday, though there was no immediate government comment on her claims.
Stone came to fame in 2003 as a small-town teenager with a big, soulful voice, showcased on her best-selling debut album "The Soul Sessions" and hit singles including "Fell In Love With A Boy." She also has taken acting roles.