Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Kumail Nanjiani on being the first Pakistani Marvel superhero

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistani-American actor Kumail Nanjiani has made it big in Hollywood with his career catapulting from The Silicon Valley all the way to Marvel.

The actor and comedian spoke about being the first Pakistani Marvel superhero in The Eternals and the pressure that comes with such ample representation.

During a comedians’ round table discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, Nanjiani said: “It was very significant because it was something that I really, really wanted to do. Now on top of that, there’s this other pressure in that I’m the first.

“But that stuff is a little harder to negotiate because I can only represent myself. So, I do feel the pressure, but the only way to relieve it is just to have more people have these opportunities. I, one person, cannot represent a whole group of people because all of our experiences and backgrounds are completely different,” he said.

“That said, when I got that part, I was like, ‘I want to look like someone who could take on the traditional Hollywood-looking superhero — someone who could take on Thor or Captain America.’ To me, that was an important part of getting to play the superhero, and for me it was important because I was the first one,” he added.

Rami Youssef in response to his comments joked: “So you had to get jacked for your culture. Like, you did it for Islam and for Pakistan.”

“Yeah, I did it for all my people. I’m ripped for Pakistan,” Nanjiani responded.

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