Star on the rise

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SIN­GA­POREAN ac­tor Fir Rah­man’s life has changed a lot af­ter his lead role on the crit­i­cally-ac­claimed Ap­pren­tice (2016). A pro­ducer work­ing on Po­lis Evo 2 (PE2) loved his per­for­mance as a prisons of­fi­cer in the 2016 award-win­ning film so much, Fir was asked to au­di­tion as a mem­ber of the spe­cial force in the ac­tion flick.

To pre­pare for the phys­i­cal­ly­de­mand­ing role, Fir flew in from Sin­ga­pore to Kuala Lumpur on a weekly ba­sis and trained with the rest of the cast.

“The chal­lenge was very much phys­i­cal. There was a scene where we had to run on the sand for about 150m un­der the hot sun with our full gear on – suits, hel­mets, boots and heavy weapons. We did mul­ti­ple takes,” he says, be­fore adding, “we were dy­ing.”

Still, the 37-year-old ac­tor says the ex­pe­ri­ence was all worth it as it has pre­pared him for fu­ture ac­tion films.

He is aware PE2 is a de­par­ture from his emo­tion­ally-de­mand­ing role in Ap­pren­tice but Fir be­lieves in be­ing open to new ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It’s not as heavy as my role in PE2 but I hope it will serve as a step­ping stone for me in the Malaysian film mar­ket.”

Fir is cur­rently film­ing Sin­ga­porean se­ries Lion Moms ,and is set to star in an unan­nounced Malaysian web se­ries soon. – Ken­neth Chaw

Photo: SA­MUEL ONG/The Star

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