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An Interview with Mico Saad, Star and Producer of Jumper

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2019

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Your new movie Jumper - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

MJ is an Arab American who lives in the US. He decides to jump from a high-rise building. The rescue team's called to the scene. MJ asks for a Middle Eastern detective to talk to before he jumps with the aim to leave a tale to his community for his struggle and make a loud  statement.

The Detective arrives to the scene. He has a short, but intense conversation with MJ. The Detective's successful in saving MJs life, just by being the first person to genuinely listen and show sincere tolerance and respect to MJs sexuality and difference in general, as a human.

 

In Jumper, you play a suicidal person - so how hard was it for you to find the right mindset to portray M.J., and how did you prepare for the role?

 

I believe in freedom of choice. The movie aims at promoting tolerance to differences in Middle Eastern communities wherever they might be in the world. I hope it delivers this sought after message with its variations (sexuality and belief). I am optimistic above all.

 

As far as I know, Jumper is your acting debut - so what made you choose exactly this project to step in front of the camera for the first time?

 

Yes, Jumper is my debut. I am a professional art performer and TV host who has a passion for acting. I am proud of my choice to work with the talented producer, writer, director and actor Ayman Samman [Ayman Samman interview - click here] as I am great believer in him.

 

What can you tell us about Jumper's director Ayman Samman, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Ayman really offers everything you want and more, being super talented in every way. He is really a sincere and honest as well as caring human being. He is all round actor by definition. I really wish him all the best and was very honoured to work with him.

 

What were the challenges of bringing Jumper to the screen from a producer's point of view?

 

From a producer point view, bringing Jumper to life was more challenging on the acting side conveying the message of the movie in a very short time. I believe myself and the crew did our best and it is in the hands of the audience to judge.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!

 

I love the art and being around talented  people is just like the icing on the cake. I loved the relationship between the dp Shakeel Bin Afzal and our director Ayman which was amazing to experience. The project would have never been beautifully completed without the talented, loving and hardworking producer, writer and actress Rasha Mohamed [Rasha Mohamed interview - click here]. We all felt like a family in delivering this work and I hope the audience like it.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share? And based on your experience with Jumper, will you ever step in front of the camera again?

 

Jumper is just the beginning. We are currently working 2 more short films - currently in post Receive (comedy) and The Pitch (action comedy) - and we are developing a feature film by Ayman Samman called Marshmallow Man.

And I live in front of the camera.

 

What got you into the filmworld in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

Yes I have studied acting in LA and in London.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Jumper?

 

I have worked as TV host for the past 7 years and sometimes I do comedy sketches on my own show, and I have produced and acted and directed in 2 short silent movies and acted in Arabic shorts.

 

Filmmakers, actors, whoever else who inspire you?

 

I am really into comedy and adventure movies. I do like action. My favourite actors are Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne, Adams Sandler, Denzel Washington and Rami Malek.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Favourite movies are Happy Gilmore, Pirates of the Caribbean.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

I really deplore Gods of Egypt.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

"Mico Saad" on all social media.

 

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I Loved Ayman Samman in his Hollywood short movie showing a Middle Eastern as a normal human who has his own struggle, just like any and all of us. Middle Easterns are often portrayed as villains or terrorists in Hollywood.

 

I hope this story inspires others and increases acceptance and tolerance between people as sometimes its not up to people being anything.

 

I am dreaming of an Equality Act in the Middle East and all the United Sates as we're all souls that deserve equality.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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