American actor Rami Malek has disclosed that he demanded only one thing before he accepted his role as a villain in Bond 25: that his character wouldn't be an Arabic-speaking militant, or a villain who uses religion as a means to justify his violent actions, according to a foreign media outlet. “It’s a great character and I’m very excited,” Malek disclosed to The during an interview. “But that was one thing that 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’. But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”
The Oscar winning Bohemian Rhapsody actor said that his very own ethnic foundation, and his familiarity with the significance of positive portrayal, drove him to make the aforementioned choice. While shedding light on his Egyptian legacy as “the fabric of who I am”, Malek added: “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.”
With respect to Bond 25, Malek prodded that it is “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.” He is an American actor whose breakthrough role was as a computer hacker known as Elliot Alderson in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot, for which he received several accolades, including the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.