ED- The Eerie Digest is happy to present actor Said Faraj to our readers. Said has been in many of today’s popular TV shows and has portrayed many roles on the silver screen. Said, how did you first decide to take up acting as a career?
SF-Since I was in a young age, I loved theater and I always desired to be in front of the camera and when I came to the USA at age 16 the passion I had never went away even though I spend a lots of years working hard in many odd jobs acting kept hunting me so I went to Acting school and with the help of my Art teacher from High school guided me to an agent from there I start auditioning and here I am 21yrs later Starting in films opposite Matt Damon in Green zone.
ED- You have played roles in such popular TV shows as ‘24’, ‘The Shield’, ‘JAG’, and ‘The Agency’. These are great roles and we would like to know how these help shape your acting career?
SF- Well I love my roles in these project because You have to work very hard in creating an interesting character in which Coaching plays a big role in that and these Characters I played helped me find different emotions that sometime you never had or you used. They helped me in my latest project as a lead role who goes in many layers of character and emotions.
SF- Bones was very interesting the cast were very easy going and ER cast had different atmosphere they were a very fast pace and I learned different style of acting.
ED- What was the relationship between you and them like?
SF- In Bones it was great they made me feel very welcome. The show was on its first season and I was on the early episode so really I enjoyed myself made some friends.
ED- Soon after you began to play roles in the Cinema. You played parts in some well known movies as ‘Ghost’, ‘Darkman’, ‘True Romance’, and ‘Bad Influence’. How did you find the different experiences between roles on TV and in the movies?
SF-In films I had the opportunity to show a variety of emotions and longer time to perform which I really enjoyed. In TV there is less opportunity to express emotion due to for the time allowed.
SF- Set during the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, in Green Zone Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission.
In the film, Faraj portrays Seyyed Hamza, a high-ranking Iraqi Army officer and a father who holds very important information that Miller is seeking. In a series of intense, action-filled sequences, I help to unravel a series of significant plot twists spun by operatives with intersecting agendas. Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. My character Hamza holds the key to the puzzle that Miller is struggling to solve.
ED- What new projects are you becoming involved with?
SF-There are few projects I’m involve in one is MUSTAFA’S MOUNTAIN and Project Youth Foundation International who is producing the movie. It is written by Andres Carranza and myself. There is a script by my good friend Michael Desante called “Faith” in the works.
SF-A movie that I’m a lawyer wrongly accused. That is my dream role like the movie with Harrison ford ‘The Fugitive”
ED- Where do you see your career heading in the next five years?
SF- For one to be the first Arab to win the Oscar and to be doing lead and starting roles with multi layers Characters that show my ability to act.
ED – We want to thank you for your time and I know that our readers will want to hear more about you. Please keep in touch and let us know about the future roles that you will be starring in. It has been an honor to have you aboard The Eerie Digest.