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The Old Man Star Pej Vahdat On His New Series, Meeting Jeff Bridges And Jon Watts, And More – Exclusive Interview

You’ve appeared in a variety of roles, including the comic book superhero genre with a guest role on “Lucifer,” and you had recurring turns on “Arrow” as Sam Armand. Do you have a particular affinity for DC or Marvel? Are you going to take on any DC or Marvel that comes along?

That’s every little kid’s dream, to be a superhero, so I would absolutely love to. I’m not partial to either one, I guess more Marvel … but I’m a Batman guy, that’s DC.

I would absolutely welcome any opportunity. It’s time for a Middle Eastern actor to be a superhero. That would be cool, and I would welcome it, and I’d be all in. I’d get ripped! Let’s go!

You do have “Ms. Marvel” on Disney+, which is wonderful.

Oh, that’s right. “Ms. Marvel,” that’s right. Oh, thank God, that’s amazing.

Season 2, Pej. Season 2 — let’s get you in there!

Yes, let’s do it!

Oddly enough, Jon Watts directed Episodes 1 and 2 of “The Old Man” coming off of “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Even though you don’t appear until Episode 3, did you still have any sort of interactions with Jon at all?

I just met him for the first time, so I didn’t, unfortunately. He’s a legend, and he’s so young, but I was geeking out. I was like, “Hey, I’m on the show, too!” But since I didn’t start until Episode 3, I just met him at the premiere. He was so nice, and I was geeking out a little bit. I got a little nervous. But he’s a great guy, super nice … 

People are saying [about his work on “The Old Man”] that, “It’s some of his best work, these first two episodes.” That first scene he did … in the first episode, where Jeff is at the doctor’s office … That’s a normal scene, but he made it so powerful with the way he shot that. I was like, “Wow, you’re a genius.”

Let’s hope that meeting him was enough to get you on his radar. I know he’s got a “Star Wars” project coming out. Apart from Marvel and DC, you have to be interested in “Star Wars,” too, don’t you?

Yes! “Star Trek,” “Star Wars” — I’ll take it all.

“The Old Man” is airing on FX and streaming exclusively on Hulu, with new episodes premiering every Thursday through July 21.

This interview was edited for clarity.



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