Robert Downey Jr. Praises Friend Rami Malek's 'Hardworking' Immigrant Parents in Moving Essay

PEOPLE.com | 4/17/2019 | Staff
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Rami Malek’s inclusion in Time‘s 100 Most Influential People of 2019 list came with a special shout out from Robert Downey Jr.

The Avengers: Endgame star, 54 — who called himself “a fan and friend” — wrote an essay about Malek in the issue, praising the actor’s Egyptian immigrant parents for pushing him towards success.

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“I contend that his mother Nelly, his father Said, his sister Yasmine and his brother Sami are the foundational pillars to his rise,” Downey Jr. wrote. “Mighta just been destiny … more likely it’s yet another testament to hardworking immigrants raising their kids right and pushing our culture toward the light.”

Malek won an Oscar for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The Mr. Robot breakout was born in Los Angeles to Egyptian immigrant parents and grew up speaking Arabic.

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“I felt that we stuck out like a sore thumb, as a family, our traditions,” Malek told The New Yorker in October...
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