But over time, what he saw frightened him. As the king of Muslim and Arab character roles, Badreya  has been a Hollywood mainstay for three decades. And for that story, we had to throw Ansari a plug in this gallery.

He laughs.' After she completed her education, she moved to Los Angeles to continue her film and TV career.

2020 1h 22m. AmericanEast (14-Nov-2008). ''But if it was five years before and I was 22, maybe I would be in Afghanistan too.''. And he turned around and said, 'Sheik Sayed? Mr. Badreya said he feared that in the long fight against terrorism, the United States was not equipped for the necessary theological combat. ''It's about heaven. ''This one, I am kidnapper.''. Cast: Allen Ai Lun, Barret Coates, Can Aydin, Desmond Aldridge, Fady Zaky, Jackie Chan, Miya Muqi, Sayed Badreya, Yang Yang, Zhu Zhengting. He studied with them. Mr. Badreya asked. Now, thanks to roles in movies like ''Independence Day,'' ''Three Kings'' and ''The Insider,'' he has an S.U.V., and a son and a daughter watching ''Rugrats'' in his living room snuggled next to his wife, Patricia, a nurse from Sandusky, Ohio. ''Here, I am hijacking a T.W.A.,'' he said in his thick accent, hitting the play button on a video reel of his film clips in his Santa Monica apartment. After a small riff on the story, Stewart moved on to other news. Or the accent evocative of an afternoon in a souk. But they were receptive, Mr. Badreya said, when the sheiks he calls jihadis gave talks at the mosque and at others in Los Angeles and San Diego in which they preached holy war. They were looking for recruits and raising money for ''freedom fighters'' in Afghanistan. You've seen actor and filmmaker Sayed Badreya in dozens of big-name films and TV shows, though you may not know his name. She played opposite Ben Kingsley in  "House of Sand and Fog" (2003).Aghdashloo began acting in her 20s and starred in numerous Iranian films, but left the country for England to study following the 1979 revolution. She's like 'Aziz! His big break came in the late 1990s, when he scored roles in "The Insider," "Three Kings," "Independence Day," and "Stargate." Zoom in Focus Productions Sayed Badreya's a Filmmakers Workshop Program Presents: WINDOWS LIES Executive Producers: Sayed Badreya JoAnn Fakhouri Janice Kaushal Rob Kosin Produced by: Lidia Rosales Story by: Sayed Badreya Miles M. Badreya Associate Producers by: Charisse Hagerman Alexandra Kitner Color Correction and Title by: Steven Parker Sound Editing/Designer by: kilyoung Baek … Sign up for Beliefnet's Muslim Wisdom newsletter. A.R. The two men scoff at the White House for paying an American advertising executive to concoct a campaign to convince the Muslim world to love America. (Kader wrote on his website that he "would like to thank his Palestinian father and Mormon mother for giving him so many reasons to be a comedian.") ''I wasn't so isolated to become a freedom fighter,'' he said. But the actor, who reportedly converted to Islam in 1998, walked away from it all in 2005. A steady stream of small TV and film roles finally landed Chappelle his breakthrough show on Comedy Central. Said Chappelle, "Turns out you don't need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you. Pasha came back profoundly affected and put his experiences into his work. The Last Laugh. "I'm, Indian, I'm Muslim," he complained. Jobrani once refused a plum role of a terrorist mastermind on "24," saying the show was "bad for him and for America." And the cabby said, 'Yeah, he's an actor.' I'm talking about the comedy trio of Maz Jobrani, Ahmed Ahmed, and Aron Kader (with special guests Dean Obeidallah, Wan Ho Chung, and Nick Youssef), who made their debut on Comedy Central with a side-splitting special that showcased their particular brand of self-deprecating Middle Eastern and Muslim humor. 0. Now, refusing to go into detail, Abu-Anas saysthat he talks to the F.B.I. The actor later was offered the star-making role of Bubba in "Forrest Gump," which he regrettably turned down. Taghmaoui's character, Breaker, has Muslim origins and is a member of the global G.I. He said his goal was to protect his children and his wife -- and his adopted country, which once welcomed penniless young dreamers like him from the Middle East. On March 10, 2007, the country was introduced to the Axis of Evil. You may recognize some on our list as frequent character actors who have gone beyond playing the typical "terrorist" or immigrant roles. The director Bobby Farrelly recalled chatting with a cabdriver a few years ago who mentioned he was from Egypt. After moving to the U.S. to attend New York University's film school, Badreya left for Hollywood and began appearing in typical "foreign" and "terrorist" roles on television and film. He was drawn in by the religious talk, the hours studying scripture, the tight community. They made their Hollywood debut in 2008 with a movie based on their uproarious and eye-opening act. 2020. ''Listen to this,'' Mr. Badreya said, driving the San Diego Freeway and popping in a cassette. Aghdashloo has made a name for herself playing numerous ethnic roles in film and television, most recognizably as an undercover Muslim terrorist on FOX's "24," which outraged many Muslim-Americans. Of all the Muslim actors, writers, producers, and comedians making their way in Hollywood, these three are probably the most vocal about their faith--promoting Islam, breaking down stereotypes with self-deprecating humor, and challenging viewers to see Muslims for who they really are. Why would the comedian walk away from a $50 million contract and retreat to relative seclusion with an old friend named Salim? At the buffet, he greets a contact who goes by the alias Abu-Anas. ''He is so down to earth.

''I said to him, I have a friend who is Egyptian -- Sayed, Sayed Badreya. He is reciting from the Koran.

How far for an actor who portraying a Muslim fundamentalist in a Hollywood movies go to expose The Muslim Brotherhood to the world. He's also been tapped by director Judd Apatow to appear in the film "Funny People." He disappeared and then turned up in South Africa. ''Kill them. He played a Palestinian who hijacked a plane headed for Washington loaded with enough nerve gas to depopulate the East Coast. He prayed with them. He insisted that Patricia, who had converted to Islam when they married, cover her head when she went out. He's now working on "The Green Zone" with Matt Damon, directed by Paul Greengrass. "With the blessings of his executive producer Michael Green, Pasha went with his mother and discovered that the Prophet Muhammad's life story was "far more remarkable than any of the Hollywood epics I have written." "Somebody has to … This stuff is the s--t!'" Ishmael: God blessed my brother to be a good carpenter.It’s okay. Then Chappelle, whose comedic star was on a meteoric rise, took a sudden hiatus in 2005 from Season Three of the show. The comedic trio, which started touring in 2005, have been making people laugh all around the world. But that material success was coming "at the cost of something far more precious—my relationship with God. But for Badreya, his true dream is to tell the stories of real Arabs. Following 9/11, the funnyman parlayed his experiences into political humor while still playing small roles on film and television (including "Spider-Man 2" and "Freedomland"). Reluctant to go, Pasha later wrote on washingtonpost.com that he often had felt "the need to put my career before my faith, missing prayers and even forgoing some of the fasts of Ramadan to focus on my work." He then tagged along as the sheik was hustled into a car, taken to an apartment, changed clothes, changed cars and then was driven in a circuitous route to a dormitory in a community college in Hawthorne where, in the middle of the night, he preached for two hours about jihad to a rapt circle of young men. He was seen recently in "The Proposal," with Sandra Bullock. 'Just chillin', eatin' some bacon.'

He's broken barriers in Hollywood as the first Muslim to actually play Muslim characters back in the 1980s. ''He got a little fanatical for a while,'' she said. Until nine years ago, the only terrorists Mr. Badreya had met were some guys with prop guns on a movie set. "I should've been all over this! Or perhaps because he can successfully convince an audience he will blow your head off, Sayed Badreya has made it in Hollywood by being cast in one role after another as an Islamic terrorist. The Mumbai-born actor, who later emigrated to England (and recalls his early years at an all-boys school as his first impetus to explore issues of ethnic pride versus integration), got his first big break in his 1998 one-man show, "Sakina's Restaurant," which was based on his family's immigrant experience. Taghmaoui, a standout actor in France of Moroccan parentage, has steadily built a career in Hollywood, even playing the stereotypical role of the terrorist (such as in the movie "Vantage Point" and "Traitor")--but adding nuance, complexity, and even a touch of sympathy every time he takes on such a role.Taghmaoui, who is more widely recognized now for his recurring role as Caesar in Season Five of the ABC hit drama "Lost," first had a career as a boxer. Rahman, a wildly popular, prolific, and award-winning musical composer in Bollywood, recently won an Oscar for the score he wrote for "Slumdog Millionaire.". The actor, who grew up in poverty in Egypt, turned to films as his only escape from the political turmoil in his country during the 1960s and 70s. Ansari, a hilarious comedic actor who has appeared on NBC's "Scrubs" and is starring in "Parks and Recreation." Though these comedians milk their culture and faith for huge laughs, they take their character choices very seriously. Roy: Yeah, well, he blessed you, too, and I’ll give you a clue what it is.It’s round, it has three holes, and you stick your fingers into it. Are you tired of drinking alcohol? ", In the high-powered world of Hollywood TV where cable channels are producing dramas and sitcoms that rival (and sometimes surpass) those produced by the major networks, Mara Brock Akil stands out. They bat around the names of Saudi sheiks who would have enough influence with the militants to speak out against Mr. bin Laden. “He loved the idea. ''Every day you do something to make me hate you.''. His film debut came by way of a small role in Mel Brook's comedy "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." He ate on the floor with them. The reason for his choice is still being debated, but it doesn't seem to bother Chappelle, who has since maintained a low profile at his residence in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Comedian, writer, and actor Preacher Moss imagines what it would be like if Muslims advertised to get people to join their faith: "Are you sick of eating pork? Preacher Moss has an extensive screenwriting resume and has written for Damon Wayans ("In Living Color" and "My Wife and Kids"), George Lopez on "The George Lopez Show" and for Darrell Hammond on "Saturday Night Live." In an interview with Beliefnet, Pasha said, "There aren't many Muslims in Hollywood, but there are stories that need to be heard, and Muslims like me should be the ones telling those stories. Then, he says, he decided to ''do the De Niro thing'' and immerse himself in the world of the people he was pretending to be -- radical Islamic fundamentalists. ''We need the scholars.''. Prior to that,  recalled friend and fellow Hollywood screenwriter Kamran Pasha, "Most of the Muslim roles went to Greek guys." There are more similarities than differences. When a martyr dies he doesn't feel pain, and 70 people in his family will get into heaven because of him. He is a scholar, he is a high cleric in our mosque.' Abu-Anas is unsmiling, with pocked cheeks.

I couldn't believe my ears,'' Mr. Farrelly said.

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But over time, what he saw frightened him. As the king of Muslim and Arab character roles, Badreya  has been a Hollywood mainstay for three decades. And for that story, we had to throw Ansari a plug in this gallery.

He laughs.' After she completed her education, she moved to Los Angeles to continue her film and TV career.

2020 1h 22m. AmericanEast (14-Nov-2008). ''But if it was five years before and I was 22, maybe I would be in Afghanistan too.''. And he turned around and said, 'Sheik Sayed? Mr. Badreya said he feared that in the long fight against terrorism, the United States was not equipped for the necessary theological combat. ''It's about heaven. ''This one, I am kidnapper.''. Cast: Allen Ai Lun, Barret Coates, Can Aydin, Desmond Aldridge, Fady Zaky, Jackie Chan, Miya Muqi, Sayed Badreya, Yang Yang, Zhu Zhengting. He studied with them. Mr. Badreya asked. Now, thanks to roles in movies like ''Independence Day,'' ''Three Kings'' and ''The Insider,'' he has an S.U.V., and a son and a daughter watching ''Rugrats'' in his living room snuggled next to his wife, Patricia, a nurse from Sandusky, Ohio. ''Here, I am hijacking a T.W.A.,'' he said in his thick accent, hitting the play button on a video reel of his film clips in his Santa Monica apartment. After a small riff on the story, Stewart moved on to other news. Or the accent evocative of an afternoon in a souk. But they were receptive, Mr. Badreya said, when the sheiks he calls jihadis gave talks at the mosque and at others in Los Angeles and San Diego in which they preached holy war. They were looking for recruits and raising money for ''freedom fighters'' in Afghanistan. You've seen actor and filmmaker Sayed Badreya in dozens of big-name films and TV shows, though you may not know his name. She played opposite Ben Kingsley in  "House of Sand and Fog" (2003).Aghdashloo began acting in her 20s and starred in numerous Iranian films, but left the country for England to study following the 1979 revolution. She's like 'Aziz! His big break came in the late 1990s, when he scored roles in "The Insider," "Three Kings," "Independence Day," and "Stargate." Zoom in Focus Productions Sayed Badreya's a Filmmakers Workshop Program Presents: WINDOWS LIES Executive Producers: Sayed Badreya JoAnn Fakhouri Janice Kaushal Rob Kosin Produced by: Lidia Rosales Story by: Sayed Badreya Miles M. Badreya Associate Producers by: Charisse Hagerman Alexandra Kitner Color Correction and Title by: Steven Parker Sound Editing/Designer by: kilyoung Baek … Sign up for Beliefnet's Muslim Wisdom newsletter. A.R. The two men scoff at the White House for paying an American advertising executive to concoct a campaign to convince the Muslim world to love America. (Kader wrote on his website that he "would like to thank his Palestinian father and Mormon mother for giving him so many reasons to be a comedian.") ''I wasn't so isolated to become a freedom fighter,'' he said. But the actor, who reportedly converted to Islam in 1998, walked away from it all in 2005. A steady stream of small TV and film roles finally landed Chappelle his breakthrough show on Comedy Central. Said Chappelle, "Turns out you don't need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you. Pasha came back profoundly affected and put his experiences into his work. The Last Laugh. "I'm, Indian, I'm Muslim," he complained. Jobrani once refused a plum role of a terrorist mastermind on "24," saying the show was "bad for him and for America." And the cabby said, 'Yeah, he's an actor.' I'm talking about the comedy trio of Maz Jobrani, Ahmed Ahmed, and Aron Kader (with special guests Dean Obeidallah, Wan Ho Chung, and Nick Youssef), who made their debut on Comedy Central with a side-splitting special that showcased their particular brand of self-deprecating Middle Eastern and Muslim humor. 0. Now, refusing to go into detail, Abu-Anas saysthat he talks to the F.B.I. The actor later was offered the star-making role of Bubba in "Forrest Gump," which he regrettably turned down. Taghmaoui's character, Breaker, has Muslim origins and is a member of the global G.I. He said his goal was to protect his children and his wife -- and his adopted country, which once welcomed penniless young dreamers like him from the Middle East. On March 10, 2007, the country was introduced to the Axis of Evil. You may recognize some on our list as frequent character actors who have gone beyond playing the typical "terrorist" or immigrant roles. The director Bobby Farrelly recalled chatting with a cabdriver a few years ago who mentioned he was from Egypt. After moving to the U.S. to attend New York University's film school, Badreya left for Hollywood and began appearing in typical "foreign" and "terrorist" roles on television and film. He was drawn in by the religious talk, the hours studying scripture, the tight community. They made their Hollywood debut in 2008 with a movie based on their uproarious and eye-opening act. 2020. ''Listen to this,'' Mr. Badreya said, driving the San Diego Freeway and popping in a cassette. Aghdashloo has made a name for herself playing numerous ethnic roles in film and television, most recognizably as an undercover Muslim terrorist on FOX's "24," which outraged many Muslim-Americans. Of all the Muslim actors, writers, producers, and comedians making their way in Hollywood, these three are probably the most vocal about their faith--promoting Islam, breaking down stereotypes with self-deprecating humor, and challenging viewers to see Muslims for who they really are. Why would the comedian walk away from a $50 million contract and retreat to relative seclusion with an old friend named Salim? At the buffet, he greets a contact who goes by the alias Abu-Anas. ''He is so down to earth.

''I said to him, I have a friend who is Egyptian -- Sayed, Sayed Badreya. He is reciting from the Koran.

How far for an actor who portraying a Muslim fundamentalist in a Hollywood movies go to expose The Muslim Brotherhood to the world. He's also been tapped by director Judd Apatow to appear in the film "Funny People." He disappeared and then turned up in South Africa. ''Kill them. He played a Palestinian who hijacked a plane headed for Washington loaded with enough nerve gas to depopulate the East Coast. He prayed with them. He insisted that Patricia, who had converted to Islam when they married, cover her head when she went out. He's now working on "The Green Zone" with Matt Damon, directed by Paul Greengrass. "With the blessings of his executive producer Michael Green, Pasha went with his mother and discovered that the Prophet Muhammad's life story was "far more remarkable than any of the Hollywood epics I have written." "Somebody has to … This stuff is the s--t!'" Ishmael: God blessed my brother to be a good carpenter.It’s okay. Then Chappelle, whose comedic star was on a meteoric rise, took a sudden hiatus in 2005 from Season Three of the show. The comedic trio, which started touring in 2005, have been making people laugh all around the world. But that material success was coming "at the cost of something far more precious—my relationship with God. But for Badreya, his true dream is to tell the stories of real Arabs. Following 9/11, the funnyman parlayed his experiences into political humor while still playing small roles on film and television (including "Spider-Man 2" and "Freedomland"). Reluctant to go, Pasha later wrote on washingtonpost.com that he often had felt "the need to put my career before my faith, missing prayers and even forgoing some of the fasts of Ramadan to focus on my work." He then tagged along as the sheik was hustled into a car, taken to an apartment, changed clothes, changed cars and then was driven in a circuitous route to a dormitory in a community college in Hawthorne where, in the middle of the night, he preached for two hours about jihad to a rapt circle of young men. He was seen recently in "The Proposal," with Sandra Bullock. 'Just chillin', eatin' some bacon.'

He's broken barriers in Hollywood as the first Muslim to actually play Muslim characters back in the 1980s. ''He got a little fanatical for a while,'' she said. Until nine years ago, the only terrorists Mr. Badreya had met were some guys with prop guns on a movie set. "I should've been all over this! Or perhaps because he can successfully convince an audience he will blow your head off, Sayed Badreya has made it in Hollywood by being cast in one role after another as an Islamic terrorist. The Mumbai-born actor, who later emigrated to England (and recalls his early years at an all-boys school as his first impetus to explore issues of ethnic pride versus integration), got his first big break in his 1998 one-man show, "Sakina's Restaurant," which was based on his family's immigrant experience. Taghmaoui, a standout actor in France of Moroccan parentage, has steadily built a career in Hollywood, even playing the stereotypical role of the terrorist (such as in the movie "Vantage Point" and "Traitor")--but adding nuance, complexity, and even a touch of sympathy every time he takes on such a role.Taghmaoui, who is more widely recognized now for his recurring role as Caesar in Season Five of the ABC hit drama "Lost," first had a career as a boxer. Rahman, a wildly popular, prolific, and award-winning musical composer in Bollywood, recently won an Oscar for the score he wrote for "Slumdog Millionaire.". The actor, who grew up in poverty in Egypt, turned to films as his only escape from the political turmoil in his country during the 1960s and 70s. Ansari, a hilarious comedic actor who has appeared on NBC's "Scrubs" and is starring in "Parks and Recreation." Though these comedians milk their culture and faith for huge laughs, they take their character choices very seriously. Roy: Yeah, well, he blessed you, too, and I’ll give you a clue what it is.It’s round, it has three holes, and you stick your fingers into it. Are you tired of drinking alcohol? ", In the high-powered world of Hollywood TV where cable channels are producing dramas and sitcoms that rival (and sometimes surpass) those produced by the major networks, Mara Brock Akil stands out. They bat around the names of Saudi sheiks who would have enough influence with the militants to speak out against Mr. bin Laden. “He loved the idea. ''Every day you do something to make me hate you.''. His film debut came by way of a small role in Mel Brook's comedy "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." He ate on the floor with them. The reason for his choice is still being debated, but it doesn't seem to bother Chappelle, who has since maintained a low profile at his residence in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Comedian, writer, and actor Preacher Moss imagines what it would be like if Muslims advertised to get people to join their faith: "Are you sick of eating pork? Preacher Moss has an extensive screenwriting resume and has written for Damon Wayans ("In Living Color" and "My Wife and Kids"), George Lopez on "The George Lopez Show" and for Darrell Hammond on "Saturday Night Live." In an interview with Beliefnet, Pasha said, "There aren't many Muslims in Hollywood, but there are stories that need to be heard, and Muslims like me should be the ones telling those stories. Then, he says, he decided to ''do the De Niro thing'' and immerse himself in the world of the people he was pretending to be -- radical Islamic fundamentalists. ''We need the scholars.''. Prior to that,  recalled friend and fellow Hollywood screenwriter Kamran Pasha, "Most of the Muslim roles went to Greek guys." There are more similarities than differences. When a martyr dies he doesn't feel pain, and 70 people in his family will get into heaven because of him. He is a scholar, he is a high cleric in our mosque.' Abu-Anas is unsmiling, with pocked cheeks.

I couldn't believe my ears,'' Mr. Farrelly said.

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At the mosque -- which has since disbanded -- some of the men Mr. Badreya considered his family called him a traitor for taking on the role. They settle in over full plates to break the Ramadan fast. ", Iranian-born actress Shohreh Aghdashloo captured critical acclaim in "The Stoning of Soraya M." (2009), a wrenching film about an Iranian woman framed for adultery and sentenced to stoning under an archaic Islamic law.

But over time, what he saw frightened him. As the king of Muslim and Arab character roles, Badreya  has been a Hollywood mainstay for three decades. And for that story, we had to throw Ansari a plug in this gallery.

He laughs.' After she completed her education, she moved to Los Angeles to continue her film and TV career.

2020 1h 22m. AmericanEast (14-Nov-2008). ''But if it was five years before and I was 22, maybe I would be in Afghanistan too.''. And he turned around and said, 'Sheik Sayed? Mr. Badreya said he feared that in the long fight against terrorism, the United States was not equipped for the necessary theological combat. ''It's about heaven. ''This one, I am kidnapper.''. Cast: Allen Ai Lun, Barret Coates, Can Aydin, Desmond Aldridge, Fady Zaky, Jackie Chan, Miya Muqi, Sayed Badreya, Yang Yang, Zhu Zhengting. He studied with them. Mr. Badreya asked. Now, thanks to roles in movies like ''Independence Day,'' ''Three Kings'' and ''The Insider,'' he has an S.U.V., and a son and a daughter watching ''Rugrats'' in his living room snuggled next to his wife, Patricia, a nurse from Sandusky, Ohio. ''Here, I am hijacking a T.W.A.,'' he said in his thick accent, hitting the play button on a video reel of his film clips in his Santa Monica apartment. After a small riff on the story, Stewart moved on to other news. Or the accent evocative of an afternoon in a souk. But they were receptive, Mr. Badreya said, when the sheiks he calls jihadis gave talks at the mosque and at others in Los Angeles and San Diego in which they preached holy war. They were looking for recruits and raising money for ''freedom fighters'' in Afghanistan. You've seen actor and filmmaker Sayed Badreya in dozens of big-name films and TV shows, though you may not know his name. She played opposite Ben Kingsley in  "House of Sand and Fog" (2003).Aghdashloo began acting in her 20s and starred in numerous Iranian films, but left the country for England to study following the 1979 revolution. She's like 'Aziz! His big break came in the late 1990s, when he scored roles in "The Insider," "Three Kings," "Independence Day," and "Stargate." Zoom in Focus Productions Sayed Badreya's a Filmmakers Workshop Program Presents: WINDOWS LIES Executive Producers: Sayed Badreya JoAnn Fakhouri Janice Kaushal Rob Kosin Produced by: Lidia Rosales Story by: Sayed Badreya Miles M. Badreya Associate Producers by: Charisse Hagerman Alexandra Kitner Color Correction and Title by: Steven Parker Sound Editing/Designer by: kilyoung Baek … Sign up for Beliefnet's Muslim Wisdom newsletter. A.R. The two men scoff at the White House for paying an American advertising executive to concoct a campaign to convince the Muslim world to love America. (Kader wrote on his website that he "would like to thank his Palestinian father and Mormon mother for giving him so many reasons to be a comedian.") ''I wasn't so isolated to become a freedom fighter,'' he said. But the actor, who reportedly converted to Islam in 1998, walked away from it all in 2005. A steady stream of small TV and film roles finally landed Chappelle his breakthrough show on Comedy Central. Said Chappelle, "Turns out you don't need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you. Pasha came back profoundly affected and put his experiences into his work. The Last Laugh. "I'm, Indian, I'm Muslim," he complained. Jobrani once refused a plum role of a terrorist mastermind on "24," saying the show was "bad for him and for America." And the cabby said, 'Yeah, he's an actor.' I'm talking about the comedy trio of Maz Jobrani, Ahmed Ahmed, and Aron Kader (with special guests Dean Obeidallah, Wan Ho Chung, and Nick Youssef), who made their debut on Comedy Central with a side-splitting special that showcased their particular brand of self-deprecating Middle Eastern and Muslim humor. 0. Now, refusing to go into detail, Abu-Anas saysthat he talks to the F.B.I. The actor later was offered the star-making role of Bubba in "Forrest Gump," which he regrettably turned down. Taghmaoui's character, Breaker, has Muslim origins and is a member of the global G.I. He said his goal was to protect his children and his wife -- and his adopted country, which once welcomed penniless young dreamers like him from the Middle East. On March 10, 2007, the country was introduced to the Axis of Evil. You may recognize some on our list as frequent character actors who have gone beyond playing the typical "terrorist" or immigrant roles. The director Bobby Farrelly recalled chatting with a cabdriver a few years ago who mentioned he was from Egypt. After moving to the U.S. to attend New York University's film school, Badreya left for Hollywood and began appearing in typical "foreign" and "terrorist" roles on television and film. He was drawn in by the religious talk, the hours studying scripture, the tight community. They made their Hollywood debut in 2008 with a movie based on their uproarious and eye-opening act. 2020. ''Listen to this,'' Mr. Badreya said, driving the San Diego Freeway and popping in a cassette. Aghdashloo has made a name for herself playing numerous ethnic roles in film and television, most recognizably as an undercover Muslim terrorist on FOX's "24," which outraged many Muslim-Americans. Of all the Muslim actors, writers, producers, and comedians making their way in Hollywood, these three are probably the most vocal about their faith--promoting Islam, breaking down stereotypes with self-deprecating humor, and challenging viewers to see Muslims for who they really are. Why would the comedian walk away from a $50 million contract and retreat to relative seclusion with an old friend named Salim? At the buffet, he greets a contact who goes by the alias Abu-Anas. ''He is so down to earth.

''I said to him, I have a friend who is Egyptian -- Sayed, Sayed Badreya. He is reciting from the Koran.

How far for an actor who portraying a Muslim fundamentalist in a Hollywood movies go to expose The Muslim Brotherhood to the world. He's also been tapped by director Judd Apatow to appear in the film "Funny People." He disappeared and then turned up in South Africa. ''Kill them. He played a Palestinian who hijacked a plane headed for Washington loaded with enough nerve gas to depopulate the East Coast. He prayed with them. He insisted that Patricia, who had converted to Islam when they married, cover her head when she went out. He's now working on "The Green Zone" with Matt Damon, directed by Paul Greengrass. "With the blessings of his executive producer Michael Green, Pasha went with his mother and discovered that the Prophet Muhammad's life story was "far more remarkable than any of the Hollywood epics I have written." "Somebody has to … This stuff is the s--t!'" Ishmael: God blessed my brother to be a good carpenter.It’s okay. Then Chappelle, whose comedic star was on a meteoric rise, took a sudden hiatus in 2005 from Season Three of the show. The comedic trio, which started touring in 2005, have been making people laugh all around the world. But that material success was coming "at the cost of something far more precious—my relationship with God. But for Badreya, his true dream is to tell the stories of real Arabs. Following 9/11, the funnyman parlayed his experiences into political humor while still playing small roles on film and television (including "Spider-Man 2" and "Freedomland"). Reluctant to go, Pasha later wrote on washingtonpost.com that he often had felt "the need to put my career before my faith, missing prayers and even forgoing some of the fasts of Ramadan to focus on my work." He then tagged along as the sheik was hustled into a car, taken to an apartment, changed clothes, changed cars and then was driven in a circuitous route to a dormitory in a community college in Hawthorne where, in the middle of the night, he preached for two hours about jihad to a rapt circle of young men. He was seen recently in "The Proposal," with Sandra Bullock. 'Just chillin', eatin' some bacon.'

He's broken barriers in Hollywood as the first Muslim to actually play Muslim characters back in the 1980s. ''He got a little fanatical for a while,'' she said. Until nine years ago, the only terrorists Mr. Badreya had met were some guys with prop guns on a movie set. "I should've been all over this! Or perhaps because he can successfully convince an audience he will blow your head off, Sayed Badreya has made it in Hollywood by being cast in one role after another as an Islamic terrorist. The Mumbai-born actor, who later emigrated to England (and recalls his early years at an all-boys school as his first impetus to explore issues of ethnic pride versus integration), got his first big break in his 1998 one-man show, "Sakina's Restaurant," which was based on his family's immigrant experience. Taghmaoui, a standout actor in France of Moroccan parentage, has steadily built a career in Hollywood, even playing the stereotypical role of the terrorist (such as in the movie "Vantage Point" and "Traitor")--but adding nuance, complexity, and even a touch of sympathy every time he takes on such a role.Taghmaoui, who is more widely recognized now for his recurring role as Caesar in Season Five of the ABC hit drama "Lost," first had a career as a boxer. Rahman, a wildly popular, prolific, and award-winning musical composer in Bollywood, recently won an Oscar for the score he wrote for "Slumdog Millionaire.". The actor, who grew up in poverty in Egypt, turned to films as his only escape from the political turmoil in his country during the 1960s and 70s. Ansari, a hilarious comedic actor who has appeared on NBC's "Scrubs" and is starring in "Parks and Recreation." Though these comedians milk their culture and faith for huge laughs, they take their character choices very seriously. Roy: Yeah, well, he blessed you, too, and I’ll give you a clue what it is.It’s round, it has three holes, and you stick your fingers into it. Are you tired of drinking alcohol? ", In the high-powered world of Hollywood TV where cable channels are producing dramas and sitcoms that rival (and sometimes surpass) those produced by the major networks, Mara Brock Akil stands out. They bat around the names of Saudi sheiks who would have enough influence with the militants to speak out against Mr. bin Laden. “He loved the idea. ''Every day you do something to make me hate you.''. His film debut came by way of a small role in Mel Brook's comedy "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." He ate on the floor with them. The reason for his choice is still being debated, but it doesn't seem to bother Chappelle, who has since maintained a low profile at his residence in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Comedian, writer, and actor Preacher Moss imagines what it would be like if Muslims advertised to get people to join their faith: "Are you sick of eating pork? Preacher Moss has an extensive screenwriting resume and has written for Damon Wayans ("In Living Color" and "My Wife and Kids"), George Lopez on "The George Lopez Show" and for Darrell Hammond on "Saturday Night Live." In an interview with Beliefnet, Pasha said, "There aren't many Muslims in Hollywood, but there are stories that need to be heard, and Muslims like me should be the ones telling those stories. Then, he says, he decided to ''do the De Niro thing'' and immerse himself in the world of the people he was pretending to be -- radical Islamic fundamentalists. ''We need the scholars.''. Prior to that,  recalled friend and fellow Hollywood screenwriter Kamran Pasha, "Most of the Muslim roles went to Greek guys." There are more similarities than differences. When a martyr dies he doesn't feel pain, and 70 people in his family will get into heaven because of him. He is a scholar, he is a high cleric in our mosque.' Abu-Anas is unsmiling, with pocked cheeks.

I couldn't believe my ears,'' Mr. Farrelly said.

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