You know, funny can be universal.
I tend not to make fun of religious groups anywhere I play.
If you come from a place of love, and you’re not saying, ‘I’m better than you,’ that’s one thing that allows you to talk about different ethnicities. It’s almost like laughing with each other.
I want to show another side of Middle Easterners. My hope is that I would be able to play a variety of parts, and not always be the guy with the accent.
Definitely in the West, we’re all cast as the same now. Whether you’re Indian, Pakistani, Arab, Iranian, Afghan or whatever, you just get thrown into this category. And nine times out of 10, you’re depicted as bad.
When I told my parents I wanted to be an actor, my mom was, like, ‘I think I heard you say lawyer.’