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Quotable: Please Don’t Ask Dev Patel To Play A Terrorist

“Because ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was such a big hit, there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next. For my second film, I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts like the goofy Indian sidekick. Asian actors tend not to be sent Hollywood scripts that are substantial or challenging. I’m likely to be offered the roles of a terrorist, cab driver and smart geek. I want to show that I have versatility. You have to remember that, before ‘Slumdog,’ the last film about India that went big at the Oscars was ‘Gandhi,’ as played by Ben Kingsley. The fact that me and Freida [Pinto, his girlfriend] have any kind of platform in Hollywood is a big step forward.”

— Cutie patootie Dev Patel, star of the Oscar-winning flick “Slumdog Millionaire” and my fave TV show EVER, “Skins,” is not getting much work. Get on that right quick, Hollywood! [Vancouver Sun]

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