Riz Ahmed is fast becoming one of our most interesting actors, and we're happy to announce one of his most outspoken interviews in this year's Esquire Townhouse with Breitling line-up, covering creativity, politics, mental health, identity and staying true to your instincts.
On one side, his talents have taken him to such high-profile projects as Rogue One, Marvel's Venom and HBO's The Night Of, but his heart lies in finding those roles that resonate with his curiosity.
In the powerful Sound of Metal, released later this year, he plays a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing; a role for which he learned not only drumming but American Sign Language.
The character's isolation is itself a form of lockdown that Ahmed thinks will resonate with audiences even more given the events of this year.
Ahmed has been keeping himself as busy as he can during what he calls "a time to pause and reflect", also finding the time for regular Instagram Lives, including with his psychiatrist brother about the effect of the pandemic on mental health.
And he's a rapper too, of course, his latest project being the impressive 'The Long Goodbye' - and first album under the name Riz Ahmed, not Riz MC - which came out back in those distant pre-Lockdown days of early March as what he describes as "a break-up album with Britain", released on his own label and tackling the roots and experiences of post-Brexit racism head on.
In conversation with Esquire's US Editor Sanjiv Bhattacharya in Los Angeles, Ahmed has a lot to say, so be sure to listen in.
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