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Rami Malek's One Demand Before Becoming A Bond Villain Is Important And Movies Can Learn From It

"If that is why I am your choice then you can count me out."

When Rami Malek found out he’d been chosen to play the villain in the newest James Bond film, he had one condition before accepting the role.

Malek knew he had to be very careful before saying yes, because, as the son of Egyptian immigrant parents, he didn’t want to be part of a movie that involved playing either a religious fundamentalist or an Arabic-speaking terrorist.

In an interview with the Mirror, the 38-year-old actor said he made things very clear when he met with director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

“It’s a great character and I’m very excited, But that was 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’.”

Thankfully, Malek had nothing to worry about, he added, “But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”

Malek added that he felt a lot of responsibility taking on the villain role, “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.”

Malek has previously told the publication how proud he is of his Egyptian roots, “There’s no ­first-generation, or second- generation removed. I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Omar Sharif.

“These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there.”

“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.

“I get to reap the benefits of the hardships of my parents and that gives me a strong appreciation for the life I lead today. Obviously I saw my family struggling, yes. There is a struggle that any immigrant family takes on. I hope in many cases it is worth taking.”

Earlier on in his career, Malek told Fox News he “played a pharaoh in Night at the Museum and I think a few terrorist roles.”

“At some point [I] put my foot down and said that’s going to be it for that,” he added.

“That was a great decision because I would get offers of that nature and you constantly desire to work as an actor, but there are things you realise, well, that’s not worth it. I’m not representing myself or the community well.”

After the success of Mr Robot, Malek was seen by producers who cast him as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, for which he won the Oscar for best actor.

At this point, very little is known about Bond 25, even the title is a mystery. One thing we know for sure is that the movie will be released in April 2020.

Grace Jones Quits James Bond Role Moments After Arriving On Set And Realising She Wasn't 007

“She was out of there quicker than it takes to rustle up a martini.”

It looks like Bond 25 has suffered yet another setback after Grace Jones dropped out of the movie at the last minute.

The 70-year-old star was set to appear in the film, 34 years after her role in A View To Kill with Roger Moore, but left abruptly when she realised how few lines she’d been given.

Credit: MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

According to The Sun, a source said, “Grace’s 007 homecoming was meant to be a real crowd-pleasing moment. Bosses were really excited about landing her.

“Of course, she comes with a reputation, so they organised premium accommodation and rolled out the red carpet on set to make her feel welcome.

“But it turns out Grace was expecting to play a bigger role in the movie and took her brief cameo as a slight.

“She was out of there quicker than it takes to rustle up a martini.”

Credit: MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

But seriously, did Jones expect she was going to play 007? Considering she’s already played a Bond Girl (who, SPOILER ALERT, died) she surely wouldn’t expect she’d come back at 70 with a major role.

Bond 25 has had a lot of setbacks with Danny Boyle leaving as the film’s director months after joining and then getting replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Then, production was suspended for two weeks after Daniel Craig injured his ankle on set and was then forced to undergo surgery.

This was followed by filming going into lockdown after a “controlled explosion” injured a crew member and damaged a set at Pinewood studios.

Despite everything, the movie is still set to be released on time in April 2020.

The 'Disheartening' Reason Idris Elba Doesn't Want To Play James Bond Will Make You Mad

"That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to."

There have been so many rumours surrounding who will be the next actor to take on the role of James Bond once Daniel Craig’s contract is up. One name that consistently comes up is Idris Elba, someone fans would love to see in the role.

However, there’s a really sad reason the actor doesn’t want to take on the role and it’ll probably make you very mad.

Speaking with Vanity Fair, Idris revealed why he constantly shuts the idea down, and it’s pretty simple really. The actor doesn’t want to seriously consider the role because he’s worried about the racist backlash he’s already experienced following the rumours.

“You just get disheartened. When you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the colour of my skin. And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the colour of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.”

He did admit, however, that while he won’t go out of his way to get the role, he’s very intrigued by the idea of a black James Bond, and if the role was seriously offered to him he’d take it.

“James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character, that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey.”

“Of course, if someone said to me, ‘Do you want to play James Bond?,’ I’d be like, ‘Yeah!’ That’s fascinating to me.”

“But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, ‘Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond.”

“Because, by the way, we’re talking about a spy. If you really want to break it down, the more less-obvious it is, the better.”

So, what we’ll take from this is that there’s a tiny chance it could still happen?

It’s rumoured that the next James Bond project will be called A Reason To Die, but there’s been no confirmation of the title by anyone associated with the film so we’ll take that with a grain of salt.

However, we have been gifted with this video from the set of the movie:

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