‘Homeland’ actor raises alerts at airports

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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'”: Continue reading

As “Homeland” films in Israel, cast member Mandy Patinkin speaks to Peace Now activists

The cast of TV thriller “Homeland” arrived this week in Israel where part of the second season will be filmed. The Showtime series is based on an originally Israeli drama called Prisoners of War. It stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a bipolar CIA officer who believes a Marine war hero held hostage by al Qaeda has been turned by the group. Actor Mandy Patinkin plays Saul Berenson, Carrie’s long suffering CIA boss, who gets her intelligence but is running out of options to cover for her increasing instability.

Patinkin, in real life, is also, for the past decade, a member of the board of the peace group, Americans for Peace Now. APN’s Ori Nir sends this photo of Patinkin in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan Friday, before he spoke to a crowd of a few hundred progressive peace activists. Nir writes: Continue reading