Ir­rfan’s happy he im­pressed In­ferno co-star Tom Hanks; rues miss­ing out on The Mar­tian

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal ■ sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Ir­rfan is per­haps the most recog­nis­able Bol­ly­wood ex­port to Hol­ly­wood. The 48-yearold has been part of two Os­car-award win­ning films — Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire (2008) and Life of Pi (2012), apart from fea­tur­ing in Hol­ly­wood block­buster Juras­sic World this year. The ac­tor has just wrapped up shoot­ing for In­ferno along­side two-time Os­car win­ner Tom Hanks. So im­pressed was Hanks with The Lunch­box star that af­ter the shoot, he sent Ir­rfan a hand-writ­ten let­ter wish­ing he had more scenes with him. “That’s how he (Tom Hanks) is. He is a great hu­man be­ing,” Ir­rfan says with a big smile on his face. “He is mag­nan­i­mous. I mean, ki woh jitna bada ac­tor hai usse bada in­saan hai. Unko dekh ke hi lagta hai ki aadmi gen­uine hai. For him, it’s not just about be­ing an ac­tor and try­ing to se­cure a po­si­tion for him­self. He is free from all that. He doesn’t carry an im­age that he feels he needs to pro­tect. I be­lieve that’s how an ac­tor should be — ready to de­mol­ish their im­age for any char­ac­ter,” he adds.

In­ter­est­ingly, Ir­rfan was also sup­posed to be a part of Ri­d­ley Scott’s re­cently re­leased film The Mar­tian, and was later re­placed by ac­tor Chi­we­tel Ejio­for in the film. “I am dis­ap­pointed that things didn’t work out with him. I wanted to work with him be­fore as well in Body of Lies (2008), but things just didn’t fall into place. For The Mar­tian as well, I met him and I loved the con­cept as well. But Piku’s sec­ond half of the shoot was still pend­ing and I couldn’t have left that,” he clar­i­fies.

There were also ru­mours that Ir­rfan was in talks to star in the third sea­son of pop­u­lar crime drama tele­vi­sion se­ries, True De­tec­tive. When asked for a con­fir­ma­tion, Ir­rfan says, “I don’t want to talk about it right now be­cause I am not get­ting any­thing out of it. I mean if I say a yes or a no, there will be much talk about some­thing that is not of­fer­ing me any­thing right now.”

He (Tom Hanks) doesn’t carry an im­age that he feels he needs to pro­tect. That’s how an ac­tor should be Ir­rfan, ac­tor


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