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Interview: Tahar Rahim Discusses the Power of ‘The Mauritanian’

Tahar Rahim in "The Mauritanian" Courtesy of STX Films

In a relatively short span of time, Tahar Rahim has really made his mark on the acting world. His starring role in The Mauritanian is simply the culmination of work we’ve seen in A Prophet, The Eddy, and more. Here, playing a real life figure, one wrongly accused and imprisoned by the United States government in Guantanamo Bay, he does something rather special. Not only does he make you care about Mohamedou Ould Slahi, he brings out all of the humanity and forgiveness that many of us would be unable to generate in that situation. As soon as I saw the flick, I knew I wanted to speak with him. Luckily, that was able to be arranged, and a lovely chat with Rahim soon followed, one you’ll be able to listen to today.

Tahar Rahim is tremendous in The Mauritanian. In my review of the movie (found here), I said the following about Rahim’s work:

Rahim especially is wonderful, giving a heartbreaking role the sort of dignity and heart that makes this a special experience. Without question, he’s the soul of this picture.

Below, you can hear my discussion with Rahim. We discuss The Mauritanian, his co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster, and Shailene Woodley, as well as much more. Rahim is a lovely man, one who is very thoughtful in his responses, which in turn brought out shades to the conversation I was not expecting. The work itself speaks volumes, but hearing him discuss it as well, it just makes it all the more impressive.

Here now is my interview with Tahar Rahim. Enjoy:

Plus, as a bonus, we have an exclusive video for you. Behold this featurette for The Mauritanian, which should undoubtedly make this film a must-see for you:

The Mauritanian will be released on February 12th. Don’t miss it!

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