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TAHAR RAHIM covers Man About Town 2021, Chapter 1

TAHAR RAHIM covers the new Spring issue of Man About Town: 2021 - Chapter 1 

“As an actor I like challenges, I like to be challenged and I’m seeking for something I haven’t done or something I haven’t seen to get out of my comfort zone.”

The French-Algerian actor starts the new year as though 2020 never happened, with two award-worthy performances in BBC’s The Serpent and Netflix’s The Mauritanian.

Out today on BBC 1, The Serpent sees Rahim portray renowned French serial killer Charles Sobhraj in a thrilling eight-part series that tells the tale of Sobhraj’s twisted life of murder and theft on Asia’s hippie trail in the mid-’70s alongside Jenna Coleman and Ellie Bamber. 

Starring Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch, The Mauritanian is also based on a real-life story about an altogether different character in Mohamedou Ould Salhi – a man detained at Guantánamo Bay detention camp without charge from 2002 until 2016. It is out on Netflix in March.

On playing roles based as real-life people, Rahim says: 
“It’s scary, man! It’s more scary because you’ve got a responsibility. There's two ways to portray real life people: if they are celebrities you have to mime them in a way because everybody knows them. When it comes to people who are not famous and alive there's a responsibility in a way to not disappoint them. For Charles, I couldn’t find anyone more distant from my nature than him; you want to know what happened to him psychologically and physically.

On decompressing while playing Charles Sobhraj, Rahim says:
“I worked out a lot just to let it go. I’m so restless and I have to be very tense and contain things inside so everything goes through my eyes only.”

Tahar wears Louis Vuitton on the cover of Man About Town SS21 issue

Man About Town: 2021, Chapter I, pre-order now. orders ship in the Spring of 2021

Photography by Julien Vallon
Styled by Barbara Loison
Hair by Ludovic Bourdas
Makeup by Anne Bouchon
Editorial Director Huw Gwyther
Words by Mike Christensen