2018’s Venom was no less than a blockbuster, even though its successor Venom 2 smashed the box office like anything! The audience loved the 2018 Venom. However, it impacted one of the actor’s choices of films. Who was it? It was Riz Ahmed. The actor admitted that the movie made him avoid blockbuster movies and choose movies that use more of his acting skills, rather than technical skill sets. Riz Ahmed wants to use all of his acting potentials in his career. His acting career rose to prominence a few years before Venom. His notable works made him a franchise material. However, he had different plans! Check it out:
Venom Movie Made Riz Ahmed Stop Acting In Big Projects
Riz Ahmed appeared as Carlton Drake in Venom. He was a tech mogul who was experimenting with symbiotes. However, he eventually became bonded with his symbiote, Riot. Leading to him developing more symbiotes to Earth. However, he was defeated by Eddie Brock and Venom. He gave his best in this film as usual. But he decided to take a different path.
Ahmed admitted that these big blockbuster films weren’t for him. He said, “he had not learned yet how to bring [himself] to those movies.” Ahmed said films like these use technical craft. However, Ahmed expressed that he wanted to work in films that required more his acting skills so that he developed. He said he wanted to focus less on putting up a mask and act. He wanted to reveal his true self via acting.
Ahmed has stood by his decision and since 2018’s Venom, he has chosen films that reflect his decision. One of his projects was The Sound Of Metal, a drama about a rock musician who loses his hearing capability and later wins an Oscar. Next was Mogul Mowgli, almost on similar grounds, telling the story of a British-Pakistani rapper’s career being affected by an illness. Currently, he is working on is a modernized version of Hamlet and Exit West, a sci-fi-tinged drama about a refugee couple.
Riz Ahmed is also a musician and it is also reflected in the choice of his film. He performed as Riz MC in the group Swet Shop Boys. It would be amazing to see him in big projects though with a developed taste and skill in technical craft!