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MC : join me in welcoming Syrian actor Mehyar Khaddour who played the role of Khaled bin Al-Waleed, and Tunisian actor Ghanem Zrelli who played the role of Ali bin Abi Talib, Welcome!
Tunisian and Syrian played an important roles! you are young stars at the beginning of your artistic journey.
How does these roles affect you? Lets start with you.
Mehyar : honestly , I’m proud of this experience! working with Mr. Hatem Ali and Mr. Shadi and MBC group. i’ve been assigned to play this role, which i think it has some peculiarity and extraordinary, so I did my research to present something unique.
MC : What books did you read ?
Mehyar : there are many books! there is a book written by the General A.I. Akram of the Pakistan Army, he talked about Khalid personality and his battles, it was a heavily-detailed book in general, it helped me a lot! moreover, the script! i just remembered a book! it’s called ” The jaws of history ” it talks about some important figures in Islamic History, written by dr. Suhail Issawi.
MC : Khalid bin Waleed known as “Sayf Allah al-Maslul” cuz he was a skilled swordsman.
Mehyar : ” he is a sword of the Swords of Allah, unseated against the unbelievers “
MC : so, how much did you practice to play this role?
Mehyar : I’ve trained on specific movements ,it was a few days before filming. I basically have experience in foils fencing ..It’s not exactly like fencing with a normal sword ..But i think that physical fitness is important for both.
MC : Are You Physically Fit?
Mehyar : sort of.
MC : isn’t clear? // just wanted make sure. // i’m sure of it, i sit next to him!
MC : Mr. Ghanem, we know that you hesitate to do this role .. Why ?
Ghanem : actually, my hesitation didn’t last too long. When i received the offer, i didn’t reply right away .. i wanted to think. Then I got a call from Tunisian actor Fethi Haddaoui, He advised me to accept it without any hesitation. At that time i was sit-in at Kasbah square in Tunisia, My phone was switched off for 3 days, because I was busy with demonstrations.
MC : you are a troublemaker! // When I hear your voice now I find a huge difference between the local dialect and classical Arabic. Was it your real voice in the series or not ?
Ghanem : No, it was dubbed.
MC : And the voice of Khalid bin Walid?
Mehyar : It was my real voice.
MC : but it has been dubbed into Turkish! // What have you learned from this role?
Ghanem : it’s combines many contradictions, he is strong and gentle at the same time. no doubt he is a great figure in Islamic history. As for Classical Arabic, It is a language with a special code, It’s not like the local dialects.
MC : You all are from different nationalities ..tell me what is happening behind the scenes? things that we don’t know..and how was your relationship with each other?
Mehyar : as an actor i believe that the importance of joint actions lies in the human side. There some actors i hadn’t met them before, but now i met them and they became my best friends ..just like Mr. Ghanem.
MC : How long have you been working ? and where you spend most of your time? in desert or what ?
Mehyar : the filming goes through several stages, First, we were in Syria and then we moved to Morocco in Ouarzazate, After that we went to Marrakech, then we went back to Syria again. the location was a little difficult place to work, It was very hot and we were wearing heavy clothes.
MC : does anyone get hurt ?
Mehyar : we all get hurt.
MC : What about “Thirty” movie, you played the role of the president “Bourguiba” ..It was your first experience ..right?
Ghanem : It was my first experience in Tunisian cinema .. This movie is about intellectual renaissance in Tunisia. In my opinion, The movie was similar to “Omar series”, because it’s touched peoples hearts. Interestingly, the DP in ” Omar series” was also the cameraman in “thirty” movie. So, I think Hatem Ali had seen the movie because it was displayed in many Arab countries and Notre Dame in the Netherlands too. Also Fathi Hadawi has introduced me to play this role.
MC : nice! I wish you the best of luck and every success in future. Thank you.
credit: translation by @fabelleza; video by @Fatima88M photo by Mehyar & Ghanem Facebook Fanpage