Irrfan’s always been a fan of the Forrest Gump, The Terminal and Sully actor but after working with him on this screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s 2013 novel, now loves him as a human being too. “Tom’s charming, inspiring and carries a warm heart. He’s the most generous actor I’ve met with an energy which makes everyone around him comfortable. It was a great experience working with someone who is as secure of himself as an actor,” he raved.
“They asked intricate literary questions about the film from all of us. They wanted to discuss the film’s connection with Dante’s Inferno. No one asked me about Indian politics,” said Irrfan.
The eminently international Irrfan is back in India for just a few days until his new Hollywood film “Inferno” releases on Friday.
“Actually I’m supposed to be in the US for some important meetings. I had to cancel them and get back home when my producers of ‘Inferno’, in all their wisdom, decided to release our film in India two weeks in advance of the rest of the world. That sort of threw me off gear, in a good way,” laughs Irrfan pleasurably.
“So, here I am just for a few days to do press in India,” he added.
Irrfan has plenty of reason to be flattered. The producers of “Inferno” decided to advance their film’s release in India to cash in on Irrfan’s presence in the cast.
“It is true they thought since I was in the cast, they wanted me to be the face of the film in India. I gladly and humbly accepted the honour, and here I am,” said the actor.
Tom Hanks, Irrfan’s co-star in “Inferno”, recently was quoted as saying, “I thought I was the coolest guy in the room until Irrfan walked in.”
Irrfan laughs it off as his great co-star’s magnanimity,
“Just being around Tom Hanks is so enriching for me. He is a very generous co-star; colleague and I can comfortably say we’re friends. ‘Inferno’ has a truly global cast.”
“It gave me a chance to get to know actors from all across the world. To me the biggest advantage of working abroad is the exposure I get to international talent,” he said.
The film is releasing in India on Friday.