Magazine article Variety

Tahir Rahim

Magazine article Variety

Tahir Rahim

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BREAKTHROUGH

In 2009, Rahim galvanized audiences in Jacques Audiard's gritty prison drama "A Prophet." Since then, the 33-yearold French actor has built his career in acclaimed international arthouse pics, including Asghar Farhadi's "The Past"; Rebecca Zlotowski's "Grand Central"; and Joachim Lafosse's "Our Children." He'll next star in "Les Anarchistes," by emerging filmmaker Elie Wajeman.

UNCOMPROMISING

"A Prophet" had sparked multiple offers from the international film community for Rahim, but the actor refused to take on "cliched roles such as terrorists or useless lovers," which are in abundance for Arab or French actors. (Of Algerian descent, Rahim grew up in the small French town of Belfort.) Repped in the U.S. by UTA, the thesp looks forward to venturing into Hollywood films, and is open to any genre. "I'd rather have one good scene in a movie by a great director than a small role in a mediocre movie," he says. …

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