The Cimmerian’s Gallic stalwart Miguel Martins has alerted me to an interview with SaÃ¯d Taghmaoui, who is starring as a thief who plays a significant role in the film. Miguel has also provided a translation of the interview: Merci beaucoup, mon ami!
Conan, weâ€™ve just finished the shooting.
I donâ€™t know, I think it will be for December. Itâ€™s something huge, Conan, it has been awaited, because it is a cult film. I had the luck and honor to participate in this extraordinary adventure. They called me, they offered me the part. Itâ€™s just very pleasant, you know. Being acknowledged like that helps you to build yourself as an human being. You can expect a Conan revisited in 3D, a little bit like 300. A little bit harder, with fights more violent and special effects a little bit more crazy. It will be very interesting. I adored Conan when I was younger. It [Taghmaoui pauses] â€¦ overwhelmed me. These love scenesâ€¦I was 15, 14. It was the first time that I saw that in a cinema. Those muscular menâ€¦ Conan, it was a little revolution. It had a whole phantasmagoric universe, and it touched me. So when they offered me to act in that [movie], I asked : “where do I sign?” I donâ€™t even need to read the script, tell me where I have to sign, I just want to do it. Furthermore, it is a trilogy, and my characterâ€¦if thereâ€™s a Conan 2, Iâ€™ll be there. Itâ€™s cool, you know. Itâ€™s also a way to show that we can do films set in the Middle-Ages while being of Arab origin. I would have dreamed of playing dâ€™Artagnan in France. Why not? Ask the French authors. Conan, itâ€™s the Middle-Ages, GI Joe, itâ€™s a super-heroes, futuristic movie and we can make them without a problem in the United Statesâ€¦ If we succed in opening breaches like that through what I achieve internationally, and if a million SaÃ¯ds become actors, I would be the happiest man on Earth. It is between you and yourself, you and your imagination, you and the audience. You can achieve everything if you think youâ€™re able to do it, when you give yourself the means to succeedâ€¦yes we can!
PremiÃ¨re is a prestigious French film magazine, so to see an interview for the film is pretty significant — not to mention another French scoop for the film. The Cimmerian may be gone, but Miguel’s scoops keep on coming. It is great to hear SaÃ¯d is enthusiastic about the role, and he seems to appreciate the “melting pot” of cultures the Hyborian Age offers.
An Arab d’Artagnan… Hmm.