R Madhavan is off to Hollywood

Actor bags a Hollywood movie produced by Simon West.

News Desk July 27, 2013
After struggling with his luck in Bollywood, R Madhavan has progressed straight into tinsel town. PHOTO: FILE

From global icon Aishwariya Rai to the evergreen Mr India Anil Kapoor, many Bollywood actors have ventured into Hollywood with character roles and many others are constantly eyeing it.

However, it seems that luck has knocked on the door of R Madhavan, who has bagged his first Hollywood film. Despite the fact that Madhavan has failed to make a lasting impression in Bollywood, the 3 idiots actor has landed himself a role in producer Simon West’s next titled Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D.

The film revolves around a group of survivors fighting to stay alive when a mysterious plague unleashes the undead on New York City. The film also stars Tony Todds, Tom Sizemore, Danielle Harris, Sarah Habel, Bill Moseley and Joseph Pilato.

The 43-year-old actor, who last appeared in the box office dud Jodi Breakers in 2012, is super excited about this film. “It’s a great introduction to American cinema — working with Simon West and his team. He has made and continues to make some of the most exciting and thrilling films in Hollywood,” he said, according to the Hindustan Times. “I am honoured to be working alongside him. I am thrilled to be in this 3D re-imagining of the cult-classic Night of The Living Dead.”

The film happened by sheer luck, Madhavan tells the Times of India from Los Angeles. “I didn’t think this was possible by any stretch of my imagination. West met me and said he liked my performance in 3 Idiots, which was a major success in the US. He was cast-hunting for his next, and said I’d suit the part.”

“I’m learning things we aren’t even familiar with back home — things like facial capture techniques and working in stereoscopic 3D,” he said.

Producer West of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Con Air fame said, “This movie represents a whole new way of visualising the classic zombie genre. It has a fresh and exciting style that sets it apart from all other horror films seen up until now.” He added, “R Madhavan is a dynamic talent and we are happy to work with him.”

With the film having gone on floors, the actor will be spending at least another month in Los Angeles.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2013.

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