‘Bond 25’: Rami Malek Refused To Play Villain With Religious Or Ideological Affiliations

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During an interview with The Daily Mirror, Rami Malek revealed the conditions he set for playing the villain in Bond 25.

Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond will find the British Secret Service agent on the trail of a mysterious new terrorist played by Rami Malek, fresh off his Best Actor Academy Award win for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. However, Rami Malek revealed that he informed director Cary Fukunaga he would not accept the part of the Bond 25 villain if the character was affiliated with a specific religion or ideology:

“I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or religion.’ […]  ‘That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out.'”

Rami Malek, who is of Egyptian descent, added that assigning a specific religion or ideology to the Bond 25 villain was not part of Fukunaga’s vision. While Rami Malek did not divulge details on his antagonistic character, he did note the villain is a “different kind of terrorist”:

“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.”

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Here’s the official synopsis for Bond 25:

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica.  His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga from a script written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the 25th James Bond stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek.

Bond 25 is scheduled to be released in theaters on 8, April 2020.

Source: The Daily Mirror

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