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Good interview in Variety. Not an easy series to do, and it makes me wonder how long they'll try to keep it going.
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Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from last night’s episode of FX’s “Tyrant.”
“Tyrant” is the compelling FX drama that airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. The series takes place in the fictional Middle Eastern nation of Abbudin and the show’s intensity mirrors much of the current political climate in the real world. The individual storylines of the players in this epic tale intertwine with the endless maneuvering and deadly intent of a pit of enraged vipers.
In last night’s episode, “A House Built on Sand,” viewers were blown away by the revelation that Jamal Al-Fayeed, the volatile President of Abbudin, who is played so brilliantly by Ashraf Barhom, has a son, Rami Said, who is portrayed by the spellbinding Keon Alexander. Thrust into each other’s lives by tragedy, the similarities and differences between these two formidable men are made strikingly clear, sparking the question, “Will Jamal’s son become his greatest ally or his most lethal adversary?”
Examiner was granted the exclusive opportunity to talk with this incendiary addition to the cast. Keon called from Budapest, just after wrapping up an incredibly long day on set. He was charged with an infectious energy that made it impossible to fathom how he could be so completely alive and in-the-moment when he had just completed a 14-hour work day.
“I just got home from set. We’ve been going since 3 a.m., so I’m happy to be home,” he acknowledged.
Before Keon became involved with acting, he was studying political philosophy. Having a chance to become fully immersed in Hungarian culture while filming a television series has been a dream come true for Alexander on a number of levels.
“I came here without any preconceived notions of what Hungary or Hungarians were like,” he informed. “I didn’t have a stereotype, which was kind of a beautiful thing. I just showed up and wanted to get to the essence of the Hungarian people, so I made friends and began trying to learn the language. It’s a very vibrant and culturally exciting place to be right now, there is so much art and music and so many festivals.”
However, spurred by his passion for political philosophy, Keon has dipped deeper into the culture than most other people would have. And in doing so, the actor discovered that the political climate of Hungary mirrors some of the themes in “Tyrant.” “I’ve actually connected with a lot of very politically aware young people who are starting to realize that if they don’t say something, if they don’t become even more politically aware, then the powers that be will continue to take this country in a direction that doesn’t serve the whole of the people.”
“I’ve drawn a lot from what I’ve been learning about the current government power here to try to understand and empathize and see the heart of where my father in the show is coming from,” he added. “This whole experience that I’ve had over these last few months has been very illuminating”
In the series, Rami is the illegitimate son of Jamal. He comes home to attend his mother’s funeral, only to be coaxed into a meeting with the father he never knew. Jamal, on the other hand, is blindsided with the information that he has another son.
“It’s a pretty potent situation that our creators and writers have set up for us,” Keon explained. “Jamal has such an intense, strong personality, but then you throw in a young peacekeeping commander who has grown up without a father and whose mother was from an opposing tribe to the one currently in power. It’s a pretty potent situation, indeed,” he reiterated, “especially given the fact that in terms of worldview, Jamal and Rami are coming from two totally different places.”
Beyond being a character who is escalating the intensity of the series, Rami is an entry point for younger viewers, “Rami is a global citizen. He is an example of a young man in the middle east who is not a stereotype. He is also an example of the young person of 2015 whose allegiance isn’t necessarily to religion or nationalism or anything divisive. He works for the U.N. and he wants to find a way to bring people together. He has grown up without a father and is figuring out what it means to be a good man in this world and how to contribute gainfully to society.”
However, do not think for even an instant that Rami is soft. He is a finely honed warrior and an expert marksman with a skill far exceeding his father’s. In many ways, both literally and figuratively, Keon’s character has the potential to be a real life superhero.
“Just wait till you see what I do the rest of this season! It’s pretty badass!” Keon teased. “Creator, Howard Gordon, and the team have given me a very complex character with an arc that actors dream of portraying. I do think that Jamal recognizes the warrior in Rami, but I approach that warrior with the sense of a conscious being who is taking his life into his own hands and has decided, like Gandhi says, ‘To be the change he wishes to see in the world.’ My way into the character of Rami was pretty simple because this is the way I live my own life, if I want to see a big picture change, then I have to start by reflecting that in myself.”
Alexander pointed out that it is easy to feel a disconnect with today’s headlines about the Middle East because it seems so distant and so sensationalized to individuals living in North America. His hope is that this story set in a fictionalized country will humanize world events and elicit empathy that just might help bring people closer together in a global understanding.
“‘Tyrant’ has an epic and dramatic tone, but because it is so operatic, we can all connect to the archetypes,” Keon concluded. “To me, it feels a little bit like a modern American version of a Greek tragedy in the way that it uses the drama to highlight parts of each of us and to have us reflect on our sociopolitical state of being. To be a part of a show like that, especially on a respected network like FX, it’s just very cool. I hope that we can somehow connect with people and bring about empathy and consciousness through the drama of all of these crazy power struggles that are depicted in the series!”
“‘Tyrant’ airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on FX. For more information, visit FX’s website, like “Tyrant” on Facebook, and follow the show on Twitter. For more information on Keon Alexander, visit his IMDb, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
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