Even after being in Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, actor Dev Patel says it's hard to find a substantial role for an Asian actor such as himself. The actor claims he is currently jobless after playing the role of Zuko in M. Night. Shyamalan's The Last Airbender because he's being bombarded with scripts asking him to play "terrorists" or "geeks" and he's holding out for a more challenging role.
He says, "Because Slumdog was such a big hit, there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next. For my second film I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts like the goofy Indian sidekick."
He adds, "Asian actors tend not to be sent Hollywood scripts that are substantial or challenging. I'm likely to be offered the roles of a terrorist, cab driver and smart geek."
Patel has hopes that he will one day overcome the industry's prejudice and win over audiences, "Actually, I'd love to play a terrorist, so long as the part gave me something to sink my teeth into. I want to show that I have versatility. You have to remember that before Slumdog, the last film about India that went big at the Oscars was Gandhi, as played by Ben Kingsley. The fact that me and Freida (Pinto) have any kind of platform in Hollywood is a big step forward."
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