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Rami Malek Reveals Why He Almost Didn't Accept His 'James Bond' Role

Rami Malek Reveals Why He Almost Didn't Accept His 'James Bond' Role

Rami Malek had one condition before joining the cast of the upcoming James Bond 25.

The 38-year-old Egyptian actor, who is set to play the film’s villain, wanted to make sure that his character was not linked to a certain religion or ideology.

“It’s a great character and I’m very excited. But that was one thing 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,” Rami told the Daily Mirror.

He added, “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. But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with.”

The movie is set to hit theaters in April 2020.

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