Slumdog Millionaire role both a blessing, curse: Dev Patel

Dev Patel was thrust into Hollywood stardom in 2008 after starring in Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

By: IANS | Los Angeles | Published: December 7, 2016 2:05:43 pm
dev-patel-759 Dev Patel shared that he felt like he became a man when he acted in the Nicole Kidman starrer.

Actor Dev Patel says his role in the film Slumdog Millionaire was both a blessing and a curse. The 26-year-old actor, who rose to fame with his lead role in the 2008 movie, says that while it put him on the map, he has to fight against it and prove he is more than that, reports

“It’s a blessing and a curse, that film, for me. It put me on the map and did great things, but you’re fighting against it. To lots of people, I’m the dude from ‘Slumdog’. You have to go out there and earn your stripes and prove more than that,” he said. Patel, who is featuring in the film Lion, shared that he felt like he became a man when he acted in the Nicole Kidman starrer.

The film has received rave reviews and there is a lot of Oscar buzz surrounding the film. Speaking about the Oscar buzz, Patel said: “It’s totally flattering, but I didn’t sign up for this role because I thought I was going to get an Oscar. That was the last thing on my mind.”

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“When I read the script, I was a puddle of tears. I couldn’t believe this was a true story. We were all in it because we loved these people, and we wanted to live in their skin for a year of our lives.”

Earlier, Patel said his experiences on set have made him wary of agreeing to star in blockbusters, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  “I know what I’m afraid of playing: those big studio movies. After Slumdog, I did a film that was not well received at all (The Last Airbender).”

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“The budget of Slumdog was like the budget of the craft services of this movie. And I completely felt overwhelmed by the experience. I felt like I wasn’t being heard,” he continued.

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