Faran Tahir played the character Raza in the first Iron Man movie and he has admitted that he had to educate Marvel Studios on Muslims, after they depicted the Ten Rings soldiers of fortune as being all Muslims and all in a negative light. Faran says that, fortunately the director and producer understood where he was coming from.
Tahir told The Express Tribune, “After seeing the script, I spoke to [director Jon Favreau and producer Kevin Feige] and explained that it was a superhero movie, in which the bad guys can be mercenaries. To my delight, they saw the point. They don’t know what we are like in real life and it is not their responsibility to clear misconceptions about us.”
Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley and is set to be released on April 26 in the UK and then on May 3 in the US.
Meanwhile, Faran Tahir is set to appear on the big screen, starring alongside Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and William Fichtner in the Neill Blomkamp movie Elysium, which is set to be released on August 9 in the US and on September 20 in the UK.