The role of Reynolds in Wes Miller’s A Day to Die is the second film in a row that Karim has had the opportunity to play such an interesting role and one that isn’t a stereotypical Middle Eastern role, in a Hollywood film. After his successful films and series, he greatly achieved in Egypt and the Middle East.
How did you get into acting and what was your big break?
Born in Cairo Egypt, Came from a doctor’s family and medical background where I felt I wanted to do something for myself, something hard, challenging, Something I am very passionate about which is acting. Started in an early age back in school plays. Went to medical school but never gave up on my dream and passion. for acting. While I was a student in medical school I started doing acting, booking films, tv-series and in a very short time, I started doing lead roles. My films toured lots of renowned international film festivals such as Cannes film festivals, Monaco film festivals where I won the best actor award. I consider each project I get into is a new big break.
What sort of prep work did you do?
I had to work out a lot and I had to make sure that I know what I’m doing when it comes to the gun and the shooting and the chasing scenes and all that. I think the production did really well on that as well because we had like ex-military people taking care of and supervising things like the guns and machine guns and all that happened, and all the explosions and the blowing up the cars and all that. So I got to sit with them and ask all my questions because, at the end of the day, you need to make sure that if a real cop is watching or whatever your character is, a lawyer or a doctor, whatever, you want to be sure that people really believe in what you’re doing. The last thing you want to do is like if somebody like a real cop is watching and you’re not doing what you’re supposed to and I really hate that, personally. I kind of went through this already because I’m originally a medical doctor and watching a lot of series and a lot of films, you see doctors not doing the right thing. It kind of pisses me off. So that is sort of like pressure for me that I have to make sure that what I’m doing is right.
What attracted you to the part?
The fact that it’s a not stereotype role, unpredictable throughout the whole film, good guy, wants to implement law and order and doesn’t fear anyone, the good guy that brings down the bad guys.
What do you look for when you consider a part?
The story, script, A character that I haven’t done before, genre, If there is a string of important Message, non stereotype roles attracts me the most
What challenged you the most about the part?
I think I relate to Reynolds’s character in real life in a lot of his beliefs and actions in terms of don’t take no as an answer, going after my goal, and focusing till I reach my goal.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Sports, travel, meeting friends, read
What was working with the cast like? Do you have any special moments from filming you can share?
Was incredible, had the best time ever shooting with Bruce Willis as most of my scenes were opposite him. Also had an amazing time shooting with Kevin Dillion, Frank Grillo, Leon, and the rest of the cast. As we get to spend a good time together while we were shooting in Mississippi and happy that we all became friends now.
What else do you have coming up?Working on 2 new projects one in development stage and the other one is shooting next month