‘Homeland’ actor would play pool with Obama

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Stage actor Navid Negahban recently starred in Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama series “Homeland” in the role of the CIA’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Nazir. Prior to his turn on Showtime, Negahban starred on Fox’s hit television show “24.” Negahban’s film credits include the critically acclaimed feature “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” “Brothers,” “Powder Blue,” “Charlie Wilson’s War” and the upcoming indie film “Words and Pictures,” set for release in fall 2013. Born in Mashhad, Iran, Negahban took a liking to acting at the age of eight. His passion for acting led him to Germany, where he spent eight years honing his theatrical skills prior to arriving in the United States. He is fluent in English, Farsi and German, and in his spare time, enjoys traveling, studying anthropology, shooting pool, driving and playing poker.    

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ROBIN BRONK: If you had five minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, what would you discuss with him? What issue would you like him to know about?

NAVID NEGAHBAD: I would like to discuss his policy on drones. I would like him to know how important it is to teach children that, even though around the world we all may speak different languages and have different cultures and customs, at our core, we are all the same. It is the key to ridding the world of hatred.

RB: If you could ask the president one question, what would that be?

NN: Why are we so divided in a country called the United States?

RB: What piece of advice would you give President Obama?

NN: You no longer have to worry about reelection. Stop playing politics. Be faithful to your values. It’s now or never.

RB: If you were going to send the president to one of your favorite places in the United States for one day, where would that be? Why?

NN: Any place I can find a pool table. Some of my best experiences in the United States have been in pool halls with good competition and interesting people. It’s not just about the sport; it’s about people watching.

RB: What piece of music would you recommend that the president add to his collection? Why?

NN: Pink Floyd, “Another Brick In The Wall.” I shouldn’t have to explain why. The president will get it.

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?

NN: I could never run for office because I can’t keep my mouth shut. I’d get myself in too much trouble calling people out for their B.S.

Robin Bronk is CEO of The Creative Coalition — the leading national, nonprofit, nonpartisan public advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. Bronk is a frequent speaker on the role of the entertainment industry in public advocacy campaigns and represents The Creative Coalition and its legislative agenda before members of Congress and the White House. She produced the feature film “Poliwood,” airing on Showtime, and edited the recently published book Art & Soul. Bronk pens this weekly column with assistance from Risa Kotek.