Amir Arison on Leaving ‘The Blacklist’ and Loving ‘The Kite Runner’

After 9 seasons on the hit TV collection “The Blacklist,” actor Amir Arison’s subsequent step is starring on Broadway in “The Kite Runner.” Which is fairly shocking for a man who’d determined he was completed with theater.

Take heed to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast under:

“I didn’t need to do a lot stage anymore,” Arison recalled on the brand new episode of Stagecraft, Selection‘s theater podcast. Previous to “The Blacklist,” he’d appeared in a number of Off Broadway productions, however, he says, “I keep in mind simply depleting myself utterly and never [being] certain if the rewards outweighed the toll.”

The chance to star in “The Kite Runner” first got here to Arison within the weeks earlier than “The Blacklist” had been picked up for its tenth season, so he was low-key searching for a job. However he didn’t precisely soar on the likelihood to play the protagonist of “The Kite Runner,” an Afghan American haunted by an act of cowardice from his childhood in Kabul. “I don’t even just like the character,” Arison remembered considering. “How am I going to get behind this? He makes such a collection of choices which might be anathema to my soul and my vibe.”

After an preliminary audition that he thought he’d bombed, he bought a callback — and that’s when the position lastly clicked with him.

“It was in that audition, not earlier than it, that I found the love within [my character],” Arison mentioned. “Earlier than that I nonetheless wasn’t in love with the half. I used to be like, ‘I do know my job is to humanize these choices, to make him comprehensible in all these horrible anti-hero determination he makes.’ I understood all that. However then I discovered the love inside and it cracked vast open. I used to be making discoveries that I by no means anticipated.”

On Stagecraft, the actor pinpoints the exact scenes that modified his thoughts in that callback and explains how that cemented his determination to go away “The Blacklist” as a collection common.

“The present bought renewed, and similar to every week or two earlier than that I had gotten ‘The Kite Runner,’” he mentioned. “And after I bought ‘Kite Runner,’ I knew. There was no determination. I had been doing ‘Blacklist’ for therefore lengthy, and ‘Kite Runner’ was an immense problem, and I’m an actor and I’ve to problem myself and scare myself.”

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