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Keanu Reeves photographed by Simon Emmett for Esquire Magazine (March 2017)

“I loved to go to the movies as a kid and I loved watching movies. I don’t know if it was escapism. Even the act of going outside to the movies for me, and watching them in a room. I wanted to be there, you know? I wanted to do that. And that happened in Hollywood! So, I wanted to act in movies. In Hollywood. It was my dream! Whatever that meant.”

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ESQUIRE MAGAZINE  The Mavericks of Hollywood | Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed’s first big break also happened to be his first blacklisting. In 2006, his satirical song “Post 9/11 Blues,” released under his rap moniker Riz MC (sample lyric: “Post 9/11 I been getting paid / Playing terrorists on telly, getting songs made”), was swiftly banned from the radio by the British government.

It took him a decade to elbow his way into Hollywood, going from vaguely familiar face to leading man in the course of one dizzying year with 2016’s Jason Bourne, The Night Of, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But at no point did Ahmed hold back on getting out his message about being brown in the Western world.

In 2014, he wrote and directed the short film Daytimer, which draws from his own experience “code-switching between a traditional Pakistani household, a predominantly white upper-middle-class private school where I was on scholarship, and cutting class to go hang out on the streets.” “But I’m not here on some kind of tribalism trip,” he adds. “That’s what got us into this mess.”

He loves looking out into the crowd at one of his concerts and seeing “girls in hijabs moshing out with white hipster dudes and gay Latinos.” Being typecast can be frustrating, but great things can come out of every challenge. “When there isn’t a paved sidewalk for you to walk on, it’s hitting the bushes with a machete in your hand and trying to slash out a path.” And the path of most resistance turns out to be a hell of a lot more interesting.

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‘It sucks!’ Ripped Tom Hardy flaunts his tattooed torso in shirtless shoot but admits he still hasn’t got the ink Leonardo DiCaprio designed for him following failed bet

He almost crashed the internet when naked pictures of him emerged during the filming of Taboo earlier this year.

And Tom Hardy sent pulses racing once again as he stripped off for a shirtless photoshoot in December’s issue of Esquire.

Despite his numerous tattoos, the handsome actor, 39, admitted he hadn’t got the one designed for him by Leonardo DiCaprio after he lost a bet to him.

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