The César for best actor in 2010 for A prophet is in the list of nominations for the American awards for its composition in Designated Guilty by Kevin Macdonald. He joined Florian Zeller there for the production of The father and Alexandre Desplat.
Between deprivation of food and simulated drowning, Tahar Rahim said he had experienced his filming “the most intense»On the set of Designated Guilty. This seems to increase tenfold his joy at being named Wednesday at the prestigious American Golden Globes, a ceremony often considered as the anteroom of the Oscars. The 39-year-old French actor was nominated in the “best actor in a dramatic filmFor his role, so trying, in this film by Kevin Macdonald.
In this feature film inspired by a true story, he plays Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian wrongly suspected of terrorism and locked up for fourteen years in Guantanamo. His lawyer, who will release him by force of judicial harassment against the American administration, is embodied by Jodie Foster (one of the great forgotten with Nicole Kidman of these appointments).
Responding to questions from AFP after his appointment the actor césarised in 2010 for his formidable interpretation in A prophet by Jacques Audiard immediately defended Kevin Macdonald’s film: “It is a true story that deserves and must be told. It is terrible what happened to this man, in whose heart reigns a message of forgiveness and peace. This is the most important thing.”
Accurately depicting the extreme conditions of detention at the US base on the island of Cuba, the shoot was “the most intense I have ever done“, Tahar Rahim returned to his work as an actor:”I had to physically transform myself, lose a lot of pounds in a very short time (…) which put me in a very particular emotional state.”
And a real tour de force, this role required him to go to the depths of himself: “The only way I found to make these terrible torture scenes genuine was to experience them a little. To go to the closest. What we see in the film, I did it for real. I wore real handcuffs, I was in these cold cells, I was “waterboarded” (tortured by simulated drowning, editor’s note) “forcefillé” (force-fed with food, editor’s note).“
Tahar Rahim “loves” working in the United States
On the screen, the actor revealed in 2009 in another film on the prison world, “completely different” according to him, a prophet by Jacques Audiard, appears metamorphosed, his cheeks hollow and his head shaved. The French actor, who also plays in the series The Eddy, said “love»Work in the United States, but has no plans to relocate. He explains why: “Playing in a foreign language is another way of interpreting. The body, the face, move differently, the use of words is not the same, so the emotions and the interpretation of the character are necessarily different, and that is very interesting.”
After the Golden Globes, the Oscars? Tahar Rahim prefers not to think about it: “JI’m going to live in the moment, I don’t want to ruin this.But he keeps a dream: “I would love to find myself in a western.” On the side of the good guys or the bad guys? “We’ll see when we get there”, he replied, a smile on his face. In any case, he will not be the only Frenchie to be nominated this year. For his first feature film The Father, with the immense Anhony Hopkins, adapted from his own play, Florian Zeller is nominated four times (Best Dramatic Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay). Accustomed to American ceremonies, the composer Alexandre Desplat will celebrate his ninth nomination for the soundtrack of The Midnight Sky.
Designated guilty (The Mauritanian ) by Kevin Macdonald, in 2021, the screenplay is inspired Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, with Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch …