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Jaguar Magazine #08

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  • Ahmed
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  • Galway
  • Capoeira
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In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.

Interview “People’s

Interview “People’s excitement isn’t about you. You’re part of something exciting” The 37-year-old was born in Wembley, London, where this creative streak became apparent from a young age. “I was doing it all,” he says. “I remember borrowing my brother’s rap cassettes and memorising those lyrics. I remember acting out films with my brother, as well as coming up with titles, storylines and characters, and keeping a little notebook and rating them from U to PG to 18. There was a particularly violent motorcycle kung-fu trilogy! I was always interested in creating these worlds. That’s what I try and do in my acting or my music: create a world that people can step into.” Af ter winning a scholarship to the independent Merchant Taylor’s school on the outskirts of London, Ahmed went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford (he admits he doesn’t really know why, other than that he was ‘interested in arguing’). All the time he was acting and making music, but he never contemplated making the living he does now. “I didn’t dare because the odds are so slim of anyone making a career in creative industries,” he says. “It was due to the encouragement of someone at university, who sent me a random email saying, ‘Hey, I hope you’re going to be applying to drama school.’ It was a lifechanging message from a person I didn’t even know that well. So, I’d say, if you have a chance to reach out to anyone, give them a bit of encouragement, do it. Because you never know when it will change a life.” After taking that sound advice and attending the Central School of Speech and Drama, Ahmed’s acting career slowly unfurled into an impressive body of work. His film career began with Michael Winterbottom’s The Road to Guantanamo and various notable leaps up the ladder include Chris Morris’s caustic satire Four Lions, his first British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nomination as a drug dealer in Shifty, a lauded film adaptation of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and playing Rick, the tragic assistant to Jake Gyllenhaal’s sociopathic photojournalist in the brilliantly bleak Nightcrawler. The last of these, in particular, got Ahmed what Hollywood types like to call ‘heat’ and in 2016 his career shot up several rungs. He won a Primetime Emmy as the lead in HBO series The Night Of and, ticking one of the most important boxes on any actor’s bucket list, entered the Star Wars Universe as pilot Bodhi Rook in Rogue One. And yes, he got his own action figure. (“I think my nephew has it,” he says.) IMAGE: AMAZON STUDIOS A different beat Riz Ahmed plays a drummer losing his hearing, in his latest film Sound of Metal 18 / Jaguar Magazine Jaguar Magazine / 19

 

JAGUAR MAGAZINE

 

Jaguar Magazine celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from beautiful design to cutting-edge technology.

In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.

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