STARRING MAZ JOBRANI
Muatasem is a Palestinian American who lives in Staten Island, NY. He previous acted in the short Daud, also by Joel Fendelman and Patrick Daly, where he first developed the character he played in David.
Q. How did you get involved in David?
A. I got involved in David by meeting Joel at the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. A woman who worked there named Asmi introduced him to me and we started talking - he gave me his card and told me to tell my parents to call him about being in a film. My family didn't believe me at first, but they gave Joel a call and invited him for dinner at our home. We first made the short film "Daud" was made. Several of months after that, Joel had the idea of making "Daud" into the feature film David. I was all in for it! Joel sent me the script. My family and I read it, and we agreed to it officially.
Q. What do you do when you are not acting?
A. When I am not acting, I usually hang out with my friends, play with my Playstation 3, ride my electric scooter, and one of my favorites, hang out with my brother Mahmoud.
Q. What was main thing you brought to your character, and took away from playing your character?
A. I brought to my character Daud a sense of responsibility to family, because I come from a big family and I am responsible to them. Something I learned from Daud is that you should always be yourself, because when you're yourself people will respect you and accept you for who you are.
Q. What was your favorite moment during production?
A. To be honest my favorite moment was every day of filming - even in the hot weather! If I had to choose one day of filming it would be the day we went to Coney Island. The reason Coney Island topped everything else is because we went on rides, we played with the bumper cars and went to the beach, which I really needed on a hot July day like that. I also felt like we all got closer together on that day.
Q. What was the most difficult thing about your involvement in the film?
A. The most difficult thing would probably be when Joel asked me to cry for a scene. It was really hard to get myself to cry. I finally did... but Joel didn't put it in the film!
Q. How do you connect with the stories in the film?
A. Well there are something I can connect to like I am a Muslim, I do pray, I do like to be with my friends and family, and last, but not least, I love hummus like Daud does.
Q. Any other comments you would like to make?
A. Well on the last day of filming, when I was about to go home, I cried because we became so close and we became more than a cast, we became a big family. I was happy to finish the movie, but I miss everyone.