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Navid Negahban's Hollywood star is rising

5 years ago38 views



You're looking at the most wanted man on TV.

Navid Negahban is firmly placed at the top of the CIA's hit list as a terrorist in the hit TV show "Homeland."

The drama is one of the few American TV shows to depict a Middle Eastern terrorist as human being first, and a terrorist second - which is an element the Iranian born actor is proud of.

SOUNDBITE: Navid Negahban, actor, saying (English):

"The creators and writers are tackling issues that most people, they might not have thought about it, but they never dared to talk about it, to explore it and dissect all these different situations and issues. Especially going that bravely and try to get to know our enemy and showing his other side."

America is still somewhat jittery more than a decade after the attacks on September 11.

Negahban says playing a fictional terrorist on the popular show sometimes raises suspicions when he travels.

SOUNDBITE: Navid Negahban, actor, saying (English):

"So I was coming back from Toronto, customs agent looks at me and says, 'Where are you coming from?' Toronto. 'Where are you going?' Los Angeles. 'What are you doing in New York?' I had a couple days, I thought I'd stop by and see some friends. And I knew that he knows me from somewhere, I knew that he thinks that he knows me. So he said, 'What are you doing for a living?' I was just tired, I said, 'Well, lately I've been playing the most wanted terrorist on TV. Even the people who are behind me, who are standing in the line, the moment that the word terrorist came out, they were kind of stiffening and the custom agent said, 'I just saw the season finale. I love the show!.'"

"Homeland" opened its second season set against the fictional bombing by Israel of Iranian nuclear facilities and the global tensions that ensue.