Riz Ahmed: Too broke to fly to audition, now an Oscar nominee.

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“If there’s a way in which people can find themselves at this moment and can feel inspired and connected on a deeper level, I’m all for it, whether they see me as the first British Pakistani, or the first guy from Wembley, you know, there are so many ways to view it. But as long as it feels like an opportunity for more people than ever before to really connect and feel included at this moment, that’s a blessing.”

“They asked me to fly to L.A. I was like, ‘I can’t fly to L.A. I’m broke’. But I had to fly to L.A. — and just bet on myself. I spent that whole flight just running lines.”

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