Egyption actor Rami Malek reveals that before he accepted his role as the villain in Bond 25, he insisted that his character will not be an Arabic-speaking terrorist or a villain who causes destruction in the name of religion.

Rami Malek won an Oscar for his performance as Freddie Mercury In 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Rami Malek won an Oscar for his performance as Freddie Mercury In 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

In an interview with The Mirror, the Oscar winner stated, "That was one thing that I discussed with [director] Cary Fukunaga. 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.”

Rami (right) played Ahkmenrah the pharaoh in the 2014 fantasy film, Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller (left)
Rami (right) played Ahkmenrah the pharaoh in the 2014 fantasy film, Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller (left)

The actor is known to have quite a deep sense of his Egyptian roots, In an interview with GQ Magazine he said, "There’s no first-generation, or second-generation removed. I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Umm Kulthum. I loved Omar Sharif. These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there. I acknowledge that I have a different experience, but I am so enamored and intertwined with Egyptian culture. It is the fabric of who I am."

He also said, “I am very proud of where my family and I come from. It’s a unique vantage point – having parents who, at a massive risk, left their lives at home and came all the way to the foreign country so that their kids could have a life that perhaps gave them more opportunity."

Malek In Bohemian Rhapsody, which surpassed $900 million Worlwide
Malek In Bohemian Rhapsody, which surpassed $900 million Worlwide

We stan a king who stays true to his roots and is aware of representation in the film industry.

Bond 25 is set to release in April 2020.

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