Riz Ahmed's 'Rogue One' Audition Tapes Will Make You Love Him Even More
Riz Ahmed can do it all, folks.
From starring in the hit HBO series "The Night Of" to kicking butt in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the 34-year-old actor's varying skill set has been on full display the last 12 months or so.
While watching Riz Ahmed on the big screen and your television screen, you might form the opinion this dude is damn near perfect when it comes to nailing big scenes.
However, Ahmed's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" audition tapes were recently released, and you're about to see a whole different side of one of your favorite actors.
Here's what Riz Ahmed had to go through in order to secure the role of Bodhi Rook in "Rogue One."
See, I told you this was awesome!
Apparently, the 34-year-old actor emailed "Rogue One" director Gareth Edwards 14 separate audition tapes.
Speaking with ET in February, Riz Ahmed said,
I sent him like two or three versions of it. I woke up the next morning and I hadn't gotten an e-mail back so I thought, 'Why don't I send him another two or three more versions of it!' and then I kind of thought, 'Oh you know what? Maybe if he had a different accent or different costumes.' So I did that again, and I sent him 14 takes of this character over like, two or three days. I was spamming quite hardcore, to be honest, and I'm just really grateful he didn't take out a restraining order.
Don't act like this isn't exactly how you feel when you send your resume and a follow-up email, though, right?
Speaking about the response he got from Edwards, Ahmed said,
He kind of e-mailed me back and said, 'Look, Riz, thank you for the auditions, please stop sending me the auditions. We'll be in touch.' I was like, 'Oh, well done you screwed up! You screwed up just by being a psycho!'
I guess persistence does pay off.
Citations: EXCLUSIVE: Watch Riz Ahmed's Many 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Audition Tapes (Entertainment Tonight)