JUDY WOODRUFF: Tonight's Brief But Spectacular comes from English actor Aml Ameen. He describes how a chance encounter with movie star Idris Elba set him on a path to honor his Jamaican roots. Tonight's interview is part of our ongoing coverage of arts and culture, Canvas.
AML AMEEN, Actor: The story is, I kind of went to my dad at like 6 years old. And I said: Dad, dad, I want to be an actor. And he was like, You're sure, son? I said, Yes. He said: All right. And so he sent me to a stage school, and from 6 until 16, learned tap, ballet, dancing. I just knew instinctively that I wanted to be an entertainer all around. There's an old saying, luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Right? And so I think that's quite true. I was on my way from London to L.A. I just heard from the gods, right, Aml. And as I turned around, and it was Idris. And I had not seen Idris in years. He was going to L.A. And I was going to L.A. And we both got on the same flight for 11 hours. We spoke about Yardie, this book that he had grown up on and loved, about a Jamaican gangster that comes to London. And he spoke about me doing this film and what it would be. Both of our families as well, both of our fathers were immigrants to England and what it meant at that particular time in the '80s and late '70s, being an immigrant and how the impact of Jamaican culture in London, how it changed the nucleus of what London is now. It's a very multicultural place because of the contributions of so many different immigrants, not least of all Jamaicans. I asked the stewardess. I said: Can you please, just come here, please. Just take a photo, just in case, when this guy gets off the plane, he forgets this. About two, three years later, we're on set. Our Yardie, the film version, is about a young man who witnesses the murder of his older brother. It's a very important film in my life, because it just reflects a lot, a story and a version of Jamaica that's never been seen, you know? You know, we have got the Cool Runnings version of Jamaica. We have the Shottas version of Jamaica. But the Jamaica that Idris captured was this very beautiful, almost mystical, magical island. And what was amazing for me is, I accessed the part of myself that is now there forever. You know, Jamaicans are bold. They're unapologetic. You know, through their poverty, there's still a lot of pride. My name is Aml Ameen, and this is my Brief But Spectacular take on finding myself through character.
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1.encounter with 遇见
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2.on set 拍摄
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3.turn around 转向
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4.old saying 老话
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5.not least 尤其是
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朱迪·伍德拉夫：今晚《简短而精彩》的主角是英国演员艾缪·艾敏。他讲述的是与影视巨星伊德瑞斯·艾尔巴的一场偶遇是如何促成他走上一条为牙买加人带来荣耀之路的 。今晚的采访是帆布系列报道的部分艺术文化的部分内容 。
伊德瑞斯·艾尔巴，演员：我的故事是——我走到父亲面前，那时候我的是6岁。我说：爸爸爸爸，我想当演员 。父亲说，你确定，儿砸？我说，我确定 。父亲说：好的 。于是他把我送到戏剧学校 。在6岁到16岁的时光里，我学了踢踏舞、芭蕾和舞蹈 。我那时候就本能地知道，我想做一名艺人 。有一句老话说：所谓的运气是准备加上机会，不是吗？我认为，这句话说得太对了 。我那时候在从伦敦去往洛杉矶的路上 。我听到上帝呼喊我的名字 。而当我转过身来的时候，我看到是伊德瑞斯 。我已经很多年没有见过他了 。他那时候也是要去洛杉矶，我们同路 。于是，我们在同一个航班上一起共处11小时 。我们聊起了《亚迪》，这本书是我们成长过程中都爱读一本书，内容与一名牙买加流氓有关 。这个人也来过伦敦 。伊德瑞斯还说起我可以演这部电影，以及怎样演 。我们两个人的家庭以及我们两人的父亲都是来到英格兰的移民，这一点在上世纪七八年代的特殊时期意味着很多 。作为一名移民意味着什么，而牙买加文化又对伦敦有什么影响，以及牙买加文化是如何改变伦敦现在的样子的 。伦敦是多文化的熔炉，因为有太多不同背景的移民为这里做出过贡献，尤其是牙买加人 。我询问空姐，我说：你能过来一下吗？可以帮我拍张照片吗？以防我身边的这位下了飞机之后把我给忘了 。大概那次偶遇之后的两三年，我们开始做这部电影了 。我们的电影版《亚迪》讲的是一名年轻人，他目睹了自己哥哥遭到谋杀 。这部电影对我人生的意义重大，因为这部电影反映了很多，他是一个故事，同时也反映了牙买加不为人知的一面，你懂吗？这部电影是牙买加版的《冰上轻驰》，我们已经有了牙买加版的《牙买加黑帮》 。但伊德瑞斯拍摄的牙买加是这样的美丽的岛国，近乎神秘和魔幻 。而让我惊奇的是：你知道吗？牙买加人脸皮很厚，他们从不认错 。他们身无长物却引以为傲 。我是艾缪·艾敏，这是我本期带来的通过角色寻找自己的《简短而精彩》 。