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Riz Ahmed Screamed, Spit in Danny Boyle's Face During 'Slumdog Millionaire' Audition

Riz Ahmed told Elisabeth Moss that his worst audition was for “Slumdog Millionaire,” when he got so aggressive that he ripped director Danny Boyle’s shirt.

“The Night Of” star explained during an interview with Moss for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” that he originally auditioned for Jamal Malik, the lead role that eventually went to Dev Patel. Boyle, however, asked him to read for Salim Malik, Jamal’s older brother who’s a bit rougher. He was practicing a particularly angry scene with Boyle when things got slightly out of hand.

The interview will air in its entirety on Variety’s “Actors on Actors” Season 6, presented by Shutterstock, which premieres June 13 on PBS SoCal.

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