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"Camp X-Ray" star will never play Iranian characters in foreign projects

Source: Tehran Times

Iranian star of "Camp X-Ray" Peyman Moadi has stated that he will never play an Iranian character in any foreign film project. Moadi portrays Ali, a Tunisian man who has been imprisoned by mistake at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, in "Camp X-Ray", Peter Sattler's directorial debut that was released in the United States on January 17.

Peyman Moadi with
Camp X-Ray fan poster by ORLOVAkrap,

"I will never play an Iranian character outside of my country," Moadi told the Persian service of ISNA on Tuesday.

"I have always refused to play such a character, unless the role depicts a good guy," he added.

He said that working in the American cinema has never been that attractive for him.

"In my opinion, 'A Separation' is still the best film of the past few years. I was selected for 'Camp X-Ray' due to my appearance in 'A Separation'," Moadi stated.

"I still prefer to work with the great Iranian filmmakers, by whose works I fell in love with cinema," he added.

Asked whether "Camp X-Ray" has been made in a manner that it could receive approval of Iranian cultural officials for screening within the country, he said, "If the film could not premiere in Iran, I would never have acted in it, because the Iranian people are more important to me than people in any other place."

Starring Moadi, "Stories" directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and "Melbourne" by Nima Javidi will premiere at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February.

Moadi is mostly known for his excellent performances in Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning "A Separation".

He made his directorial debut with "The Snow on the Pines" in Iran in 2012. He is currently rehearsing with director Homayun Ghanizadeh's troupe for "Waiting for Godot", which will be staged at Tehran's City Theater Complex in February.

Moadi is scheduled to costar with Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen in Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya's action adventure "The Last Knights", which is in the postproduction stage.

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