How beautiful this morning is… i woke up from my sleeping beauty, checked twitter and i got this translation from my friend, Fatima. Thank you dear~ Although some said this interview was the same with others, nothing special, but this is my first time to know what Mehyar talks about in the interview… ^^ Mehyar is an actor from Syria who has a part of Omar series, his role as Khalid Ibn Al-Waleed who well known as ‘A Sword of God’.. hope you enjoy this video and dont worry, Fatima has translated for you.. ❤
Lujain : Today, we host Syrian actor Mehyar Khaddour, Good morning! Mehyar.
Mehyar : Good morning.
Lujain : yesterday, my mention was filled by your fans! They want me to ask you some questions! but I already have my questions for you!
In your previous interviews, you already talked about “Omar” series.
we noticed despite uproar over “Omar” series, there are a lot of actors hoped to be part of this project!
so you played an important role “Khalid bin Waleed”!
we know that many actors had played this role, but you did your own arrangements specifically for this role.
so, tell me more about the difficulties and challenges you’ve faced.
Mehyar: From the first moment I realized the difficulty of this role! because of the large number of those who have played this role! so, you should be looking for something special, unique and new for this role!
“Khalid ibn al-Walid” was known in history, readable in books, and his role represented many times in some series and movies! so, it was a bit hard for me!
Therefore, there were a number of preparations so i can do something different.
This experience was really distinctive and enjoyable for me.
Lujain : did you ever reach a point, where you say to yourself “I regret taking this role”?
Mehyar : Never! this what i called “creative worrying”.
your fatigue disappears once the scene ends, you can read this effort through public reactions whether they loved it or hate it.
Lujain : What do you think of the uproar over the series? were you concerned about it?
Mehyar : of course!
well, i’ve read public comments about “Omar series”.
there were some people against, and some people were with.
I’ve concluded that the controversy was a good somehow!
who was against the series is because he loves Omar and who was with it is because he loves Omar too!
so, the controversy was only about love! i think it’s a beautiful thing.
Lujain : when actor plays a role, it will affect him in one way or another.
how about you? to what extent are you affected by the personality of Khalid ibn al-Walid? especially because you took too long in the filming period.
Mehyar : i am affected by bruises that lasted for a long time after the series .
Lujain : we saw you do the movement by yourself, they didn’t use a comparse.
Mehyar : yes! i insisted that i’ll do all the movements by myself
, because 80% of Khalid ibn al-Walid activities is on the battlefield, so the play space for me as an actor is on the battlefield, if i didn’t do it all by myself so what should i do?! at the same time the director has become more comfortable with the camera, also i wanted to give this character something special.
Lujain : you said “bruises” .. do you really get bruises? is it deliberately or by mistake?
Mehyar : Certainly not deliberately! I’ve fallen off the horse several times, I’ve been hit with axe, too.
Lujain : how about horse riding and fencing, did you learn that at the Institute?
Mehyar : No, not literally ..I basically ride horses, but i’ve learnt some skills required for fencing on horseback such as a fall from horseback, standing on horseback .. sometimes it requires fencing with two swords! using the left hand was a bit hard for me, so i had to practice.
Lujain : I wonder the sword was heavy or light?
Mehyar : In previous makings it was a fake sword, but it was real this time.
Lujain : Playing the role of Khalid ibn al-Walid was a big responsibility .. everyone is looking forward to your next roles .. so, do you believe that it would restrict your choices?
Mehyar : i don’t think so .. i am very selective, I read the script first .. if I didn’t like it ..nothing obliges me to do it! So, I’m looking for good roles that I can give it something.
Lujain : Let’s talk about your role in “Antara”
Mehyar : it was my first experience!
Lujain : Tell me about the differences and similarities between your role in “Antara” and your role in “Omar”?
Mehyar : Similarity lies in the geographical nature.
But the characters are quite different!
Urwah ibn al-Ward, were known as su’luk or vagabond poets and Khaled is completely different! but now we’re working more creatively! Unlike the first experiment because in “Antara” I was standing in front of the camera for the first time, I was still a student in third year! but it was a good experience.
Lujain : sometimes fans are controlling actor’s life and his choices, some fans believe that the actor must selects roles that does not conflict with previous roles.. what do you think?
Mehyar : each one has a viewpoint, i think it’s better if we can separate the actor from his role .. i’m actor and acting is my career! I can play any role.
like Anthony Quinn! he starred in the movie “The Message” as “Hamzah” .. he was amazing! he has played another roles but this doesn’t harm his previous role as “Hamzah”.
Lujain : are there any projects in the coming days?
Mehyar : there is nothing clear yet ..Inshallah, there may be something important.
Lujain : thank you Mehyar Khaddour and Good luck!
Mehyar : thank you.
credit: translation by @fabellezza; photo by Mehyar’s fan page; video by @Fatima88M