‘Homeland’ Trouper Shaun Toub Talks Return of ‘Charming’ Psychopath Javadi

Variety | 3/4/2017 | Staff
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One of the intriguing twists of “Homeland” this season has been the return of high-ranking Iranian intelligence officer Majid Javadi, the Saul Berenson frenemy that we first met in season three.

Javadi, played by Shaun Toub, did all kinds of heinous things in season three, from savagely killing his estranged wife and daughter-in-law to being revealed as the mastermind of the CIA bombing that was blamed on Nicholas Brody.

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Saul and his CIA protege Carrie Mathison wound up turning Javadi into a CIA asset who becomes an advocate for moderation in the Iranian high command. Javadi helped sell the top brass on the agreement to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for the easing of United Nations sanctions. The question of whether Iran is cheating on this Faustian bargain is a central storyline of season six.

In Toub’s hands, Javadi is a compelling psychopath. You can’t trust a word he says, and yet you can’t take your eyes off him when he’s on screen.

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When the Iranian-born actor got the call last spring from “Homeland” showrunner Alex Gansa inquiring whether he was game to revive the character, he didn’t hestitate, even though it meant turning down a plum role in the off-Broadway production of “Oslo.”

Toub — who had a cosmopolitan upbringing in Iran, the U.K. and Europe before going to college in the U.S. — has been a journeyman character actor for more than 30 years. Among his best known roles is that of Tony Stark’s confederate Ho Yinson in the “Iron Man” film franchise....
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