Tuesday, January 10, 2006

‘Crash’ Actor Weighs Good Roles With Good Cultural Representation

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s the best of times and the worst of times for Iranian-born actor Shaun Toub, who is best known as the Iranian shopkeeper in the critical hit, Crash.

Toub is getting lots of offers based on his performance but he admits he has to weigh the parts with “good cultural representation.”

The actor, who is a Persian Jew, has been in show business 18 years, and “the timing is good” for actors who can play the roles of Muslim terrorists in action movies because they’ve replaced the Russians as stock movie villains.

However, Toub doesn’t want to take those roles because he’s also getting a chance to play heroes, such as in the upcoming ABC miniseries, 9/11, which debuts in May. In his words, “I can’t take myself as a villain if it’s not a good cultural representation.”

But Toub doesn’t mind being a bad guy under the right circumstances. Crash director Paul Haggis is currently working on the next James Bond flick, Casino Royale, and Toub plans to lobby him for a part as a villain.

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