Ter­ror­ist role ig­nites worry

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY -

ac­tor Navid Ne­gah­ban (pic­tured) dreads walk­ing through se­cu­rity check­points at air­ports be­cause he is fre­quently stopped and ques­tioned thanks to his role as a ter­ror­ist mas­ter­mind on Em­my­win­ning TV drama Home­land. The 44-year-old ad­mits his por­trayal of Abu Nazir has turned him into a recog­nis­able face – but it’s not al­ways un­der the best cir­cum­stances. Ne­gah­ban re­veals he was taken aside and quizzed by cus­toms of­fi­cials at New York’s LaGuardia Air­port last year as he made his way to Toronto, Canada. ‘‘I said, ‘Well, I’ve been play­ing a most-wanted ter­ror­ist on TV’ and the minute the word ‘ter­ror­ist’ came out of my mouth, even the other peo­ple stand­ing in line be­gan look­ing,’’ he says. Luck­ily for Ne­gah­ban, an­other cus­toms agent recog­nised him from the hit pro­gram and came to his res­cue. ‘‘He looks at me and he says, ‘Oh, my God! I just saw the sea­son fi­nale and I love the show’. Then he turns around and tells the other agents, ‘Look, Abu Nazir is here!’.’’

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