Some food for thought today from actor Josh Farah who says Middle-Eastern-looking actors are being typecast as bad guys on Australian television.
Farah, who played a ‘debt-collecting heavy’ in The Checkout, says he is frequently cast as “the thug, the bodyguard, the bikie boss, the bad guy”.
“When the casting agent sends the brief to my agent it’s “looking for a thug, needs to be six foot, built like a brick shithouse, preferably Middle Eastern looking”. And it says it in the brief. No one knows this, but it’s there in black and white,” Farah tells News Corp.
He also had roles in the 2012 feature Convict and Rake.
He notes Firass Dirani as one actor who has moved beyond Underbelly to House Husbands.
I can think of East West 101 in which an Arabic-Aussie showed much more depth -played by Don Hany. SBS also screened 2009 telemovie Saved, with an Iranian student persecuted by the government but the Department of Immigration.
“I’d love to play the good guy for once, the detective who saves the day,” he says.