‘Homeland’ actor raises alerts at airports


The actor who plays terrorist leader Abu Nazir on the breakout spy thriller television series “Homeland” finds himself often stopped at airports, Navid Negahban tells CNN.

“When I’m at the airport, the agents look at my passport and they look at me and there is something in their eyes, and you can see them thinking, ‘I know this guy. Where have I seen him before?'”  Negahban told CNN’s Suzanne Kelly.

The Iranian-born actor was going through the security line at New York’s LaGuardia airport last year en route to Toronto, he recounted to Kelly, when the “agent locked eyes with me and I thought ‘Oh, here we go again'”:

“Where are you coming from?”

“Where are you going?”

“What do you do for a living?”

“I was so tired and I said, ‘Well, lately I’ve been playing a most-wanted terrorist on TV’ – and the minute the word ‘terrorist’ came out of my mouth, even the other people standing in line began looking,” Negahban said.

It was only then, he said, that the Customs and Border Protection officer realized who he really was.

“He looks at me and he says, ‘Oh, my God! I just saw the season finale and I love the show.” Then he turns around and tells the other agents, “Look, Abu Nazir is here!”


H/T @violagienger