RIZ AHMED WAS SO BROKE HE ALMOST GAVE UP ON BREAKTHROUGH NIGHTCRAWLER ROLE
RIZ AHMED WAS SO BROKE HE ALMOST GAVE UP ON BREAKTHROUGH NIGHTCRAWLER ROLE(Pic Credit: Instagram/rizahmed)

Oscar nominee RIZ AHMED was so broke before shooting his breakthrough role in 2014 film NIGHTCRAWLER, he almost quit the project.

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The Sound of Metal star couldn’t afford a plane ticket to an audition in Los Angeles and started seriously reconsidering his acting dreams.

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“They (casting directors) asked me to fly to L.A. and I was like, ‘I can’t fly to L.A. I’m broke’,” Riz Ahmed tells The Mirror.

“But I had to fly to L.A. and just bet on myself. I spent that whole flight just running lines. I remember landing and seeing Jake Gyllenhaal in the room and going, ‘Whoa!'” added Riz Ahmed.

“It came when I thought I’d reached the end of the road. I wasn’t really making any money, being offered that next tier of roles,” said Ahmed.

His gamble paid off – last week, Riz became the first Muslim nominated for a Lead Actor Oscar for his role in The Sound of Metal as Ruben Stone, a drummer losing his hearing.

After making Oscars history on Monday (15Mar21), Riz Ahmed tweeted: “Wow! I’m honoured to be nominated by my fellow actors alongside such inspiring performances, and am grateful to the Academy for their support and encouragement.” (KL/WNTMI/LOT)

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