You would expect an actor to trade anything to get a role in a Steven Spielberg film, but not Irrfan Khan. The 49-year-old actor who has acted in several Hollywood films has just turned down a role in Spielberg’s next because he didn’t find the role offered to him “inspiring enough.”
However, Irrfan says that he won’t use the term “turned down” while referring to any project. “Saying that I said a ‘no’ to a certain filmmaker is very crude and a very uncouth way of understanding or portraying things,” he said, referring to reports in the media that said that he had not accepted a role offered to him by the iconic Hollywood director.
Apart from Spielberg, other big names whose films Irrfan has turned down include Ridley Scott, (first for Body Of Lies (2008) and then for The Martian (2015)). He also turned down Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece Interstellar (2014). “I don’t take pride in such things (saying no) and it’s a dream to work with someone like Steven Spielberg. I think that more than anything else, I am disappointed that I could not work with him. But, if I don’t find something interesting for myself, something that inspires me I don’t think I will be the right choice to do it,” Irrfan says revealing that he always trusts his instincts when he is choosing a role. “I always go by my instinct. Just after reading the script, I know if I should do it or not.”
Interestingly it’s not that Irrfan has always been guided by his instincts. Back in 2007, Irrfan recalls that it was the idea of working with Danny Boyle that made him do Slumdog Millionaire. “I wasn’t as excited about the role as I usually I am. But I wanted to work with Danny Boyle and must say it was one of the best experiences of my life,” he says.
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