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Written by Kevin Godbee

Thursday, 22 January 2009

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Puff: Your character Axel, is a pretty tough guy. Doesn't like to follow the rules much...

Nick: No, no.

Puff: Do you share any personal traits in real life with the character you portray?


Nick: Well, I'll tell you, one thing that I've learned about acting, which fascinates me personally, is that every person in the world, we have a lot elements inside of us. We have everything in side of us.

A great acting tool is to safely access that, and bring it to life. So, yes there is something inside of me that's... I don't like to be told what to do, and I didn't like school when I was young. So, that kind of worked really well for the character... and being physical and, having my background and growing up in my country, there was a lot of war and stuff like that and so you develop that edge to yourself so, that part, in particular was, again, not easy, but easier to kind of feel it, especially a character like Axel.

He used to be a gang member, and Axel is one of those cops that likes the street, he likes to be in the streets and be between the people. So, that, I understand that life to a certain extent, so, I kind of get it. What was interesting was merging this into the cop life.

beirutPuff: You mentioned where you grew up, you grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. What was it like growing up there?

Nick: Lebanon is, again, it's my hometown, and I'm one of those people that I'm very, very proud to be Lebanese and it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately there was this war. But people manage somehow to enjoy life regardless of the circumstances that were going on. And there was something very great about that because, you know no matter what life surrounded you, you're professional life doesn't stop.

If something is going on in your life, you should try to make the best of it. And in an indirect way, I've learned that. I learned that no matter how hard things get, you just have to stay focused you just have to keep doing what you have to do, and try to see the best of things.

Beirut is probably one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen in my life. Whether it is my hometown or not. I love it so much, and I long for it every year and I want to go there every year. And so, there were moments when it was very, very rough, but I won't trade those moments for anything.beirut-02

Puff: So, there was a lot of action in the street so to speak. So violence in the streets of Beirut and in some ways that helped you.

Nick: Yeah, kind of... having this imagery that is always going to be in my head... in my mind. I can bring this through to my work because I think ultimately in acting, your experience becomes your joy, and it becomes your power. So, all the stuff that I went through in my life, now I can actually draw from it into my art. So, it worked out really well.

Puff: Do you still have family in Beirut, and do you get to go back and visit on occasion?

Nick: Yeah, I still have my mom and my little brother is still in Lebanon and my father, he works between Lebanon and Kuwait. Talk about a big family. Cousins, and uncles and aunts, and, I mean huge. So, I try to go as much as I can. Unfortunately it hasn't been very successful. The last time I was in Lebanon was in 2002. I wanted to go this year, but it didn't work out, and last year it still didn't work out. But the good thing is my family comes to visit, at least I see them once a year.

------ This concludes Part I of our interview with Nick Tarabay. ------

Nick Tarabay Interview Part II

 

 

 






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+1 # Wow - AWESOME interviewJon Caputo 2009-01-22 05:09
I mean this guy sounds like a cool guy to have a smoke with. But he was pretty forthcoming with the answers to your hard hitting questions. Seriously - GREAT interview.

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0 # Platypus 2009-01-30 04:36
I'm not a cigar smoker but I do like a good interview....nicely done!!!

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