Tahar Rahim was “a bit intimidated” by Jodie Foster.
The ‘Serpent’ actor stars reverse the veteran actress in ‘The Mauritanian’ – by which he performs Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was wrongly held on the Guantanamo Bay detention camp with out cost or trial for 14 years – and was initially nervous about sharing the display together with her, however she shortly put him relaxed.
Tahar stated: “I felt a bit intimidated once we first met, however she relaxes you.
“I used to check performing to a tennis match however, together with her, it is extra of a dance. You strive it a couple of times. You observe, then she follows and, in the midst of that, one thing occurs.”
The film relies on a real story and the 39-year-old actor felt it was very important he was tortured for actual in a number of the scenes.
He instructed the Day by day Mail newspaper’s Baz Bamingboye: “My job is to make it genuine.
“If I do not style it, I will pretend it — and if I pretend it, I am unable to imagine in it. And neither can the viewers. I had bruises for weeks after the shoot.
“My ankles and arms have been bruised. Extra the ankles, as a result of they have been shackled all day lengthy. I performed it for actual. The water torture, too.”
Tahar met the true Salahi on Skype, and later in particular person, and was amazed at how relaxed he was till they talked about his experiences of being tortured.
He recalled: “He was smiling and cracking jokes.
“I saved questioning how this was doable, after the whole lot he’d been by means of? However, sooner or later within the dialog, when the discuss got here to the powerful questions of torture, his face would change, as if he was going again there…
“He instructed me that from the start, he could not perceive why he was at Gitmo. Then he realised that these individuals (the People) have been being led by concern.
“When he was being tortured, he requested his captors why would they put themselves in that place?”