If Mohamed Karim was nervous before walking the red-carpet at the GCC premiere of his new film A Score to Settle, he wasn’t letting it show.
The Egyptian actor and former host of MBC’s The Voice Arabia made it clear he’s still in disbelief over landing a role opposite Nicolas Cage (“It’s been a long journey”), but he was composed before stepping out to meet fans at the screening.
His satisfaction at having finally landed a big break, in a notoriously difficult market, was clear.
Karim has plenty to be excited about when it comes to his on-screen future, too– both within the region, where he is no stranger to the Arab entertainment world, and abroad.
“I’m happy my movie is finally out right now in theatres,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard for this.”
Directed by Shawn Ku, the film stars Nicolas Cage as terminally-ill professional assassin Frank Carver, out for revenge on his former bosses after being incarcerated for 20 years. Karim plays Jimmy The Dragon, one of the bosses Carver hunts down for vengeance.
“There was a lot of really intense and interesting scenes between myself and Nicolas Cage, especially when he came out looking for me,” Karim said. “That scene is a great portrayal of who Jimmy really is. Just the fact that he has a gun pointed at his head and he doesn’t care, it really explains the character.”
While the film could be classified as your typical Hollywood action-thriller flick, Karim was quick to highlight just how much work went into the character development of Jimmy The Dragon and how committed he was to the role.
“I did all my stunts myself. The stunt guy was really upset as he didn’t work,” he laughed, when sharing his experience filming on location in both L.A. and Kelowna, Canada.
“I wanted to have the whole experience. After all, the reason I’m there is to play the character and to do it well.”
And that he did.