I need Marwan Kenzari to drop his hair care routine like sir, how do your curls look THAT perfect?
Marwan Kenzari saying things that haunt me (1/64783920)
his scar….. (top left of his forehead ☝🏽☝🏽☝🏽)
I’m really, really tired of the performative complaints or concern-trolling, like you said. Really, a lot of the ‘concern’ about non-white people’s choices tends to be condescending and infantilising, like…Marwan is almost 40 yrs old.
He is a grown-ass man, he knows what he wants and what he’s doing, and this role in a mainstream movie with an in-built fanbase opens doors not just for him but anyone that looks like him. In the past few years Marwan, Rami Malek, Saïd Taghmaoui, Mena Massoud, (and Mo Salah in football) have put MENA men on the map. Before them I can only think of Alexander Siddig (Bashir from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk & Galaxy Quest), and before them was just Omar Sharif, who was in Lawrence of Arabia & Doctor Zhivago.
MENA actors should not be confined to playing sources of White Guilt or Western Fear. We deserve to see ourselves in Fantasy and Sci-Fi properties, that have nothing to do with religious or political conflict - just like everyone else.
Like I said before, Rami Malek being a Bond villain is cause for excitement, and Navid Negahban as the Shadow King in Legion was amazing (check it out if you like Wandavision!)
The idea that villains should only be played by Brits/WASPs (and Mark Strong) is tedious and worn-out. Refusing to cast brown actors as villains is how the fuck we ended up with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Khan in Star Trek into Darkness.
Marwan had fun playing Hot Jafar, and he’ll have fun hamming it up as a DC villain.
In other MENA superhero news, Mohamed Diab is directing Moon Knight for Disney+ and May Calamawi is playing a main character *fingers crossed*
MARWAN KENZARI behind the scenes of RABAT (2011)
Look, I’ve been in this fandom since late October, and I hadn’t watched this compilation yet. If you have not seen this video, do yourself a favor and watch it.
I’m in love with this cast. They clearly genuinely care about each other, and it makes me SO soft.
Also, the last bit with Matthias “translating” the interviewer’s question into Italian is the funniest thing I’ve seen in days and I can tell it’s going to be one of those things that I think about periodically and just bust out laughing every time.
Thank you @uhhhhjhfrogs for going and finding it for me!
Joe/Nicky + Sleeping
marwan kenzari as yusuf al kaysani ( the old guard 2020 )
“You’re a child. An infant. Your mocking is thus infantile.”
Nicolò x Yusuf circa 1099 (Crusade Era)
(Aka Joe and Nicky as Alberto and Luca from Disney/Pixar movie “Luca”)