Riz Ahmed talks about his film, ‘Sound of Metal’

The Emmy Award-winning actor is getting Oscar buzz for playing a drummer who suddenly goes deaf.
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Transcript for Riz Ahmed talks about his film, ‘Sound of Metal’
Now we're so excited for our next guest, Emmy award actor getting Oscar buzz for his role in "Sound of metal," riz Ahmed. Welcome to "Gma." And congratulations. We hear you recently got married. And -- Thank you. Something of a cute story and a coffee shop. It was the kind of thing you wouldn't believe if you put it in a movie script. I was preparing for "Sound of metal" in the course of a year in Brooklyn and got to this cafe to learn sign language and my sign instructor and it was at that cafe that my wife whose a novelist was doing some work writing on her novel so she was on the phone and looked up to see who was making all this racket and, yeah, she was kind of plug her laptop into the same outlet I had mine in and just got talking. One of those crazy stories. When that happens once you're married and try to share a outlet or someone steals it it doesn't work out quite the same Pro tip. Yes. And a little over a week the Oscar nominations are coming out and a lot expect to hear your name mentioned in the best actor how does that feel? You know, it's a strange thing because this film was really the most challenging, most immersive, just the most intense experience of my life and the day we finished I told our director, if no one sees this film, I'm still happy. Because it just kind of changed me. It changed all of us who made it was a labor of love. And it kind of changed the way I look at life. You know, spending so much time with the deaf community, learning drums, opened me up in new ways. The fact people are seeing it let alone responding to it is just the most -- the most behind blowing bonus to be honest. Never would have expected it. Let's make sure everybody sees a clip. Take a look. Oh. Whoa. How does it sound? Uh, sounds weird. How about now? How is that? Oh, that's bad. Gripping. How the movie changed you. The time you spent with the deaf community learning sign language taught you how to learn and listen better? Yeah, I think so. You know, my sign instructor and the whole deaf community he introduced me to in New York, I kind of think they're the best listeners I've ever met. Listening isn't something you do with your ears but your whole body and attention and energy and actually on the film set I was using audio blockers at times for when my character starts to lose his hearing to simulate experience and made me listen with my body and attentive in a different way. You know, Jeremy would tell me there is a saying, a joke amongst the deaf community hearing people can be a bit emotionally repressed because thee hide behind words and the more I learned to sign the more I learned what he was talking about. When you sign it makes you emotional because you're communicating with your whole body. With your heart literally. So I always say that the deaf community taught me the true meaning of listening and communication. Fascinating. Very fascinating. You mentioned earlier you had to learn to play the drums for the role but you're also a musician so being a muts significance already must have made learning the drums a little bit easier. That's what I stupidly thought. I thought that would be the I make music, I thought I've got rhythm. Rhythm is different from coordination and doing a very particular kind of drumming and punk drumming, the blast beat using double peddling, I'm left-handed so I don't know if you guys are lefty, some things you do with your right and left so we spent a long time working that out. It felt like every day I was starting from scratch and our director is kind of insane seen genius said, no, it has to be for real. We're never going to cheat it. Every time you're playing the drums on screen you're playing so did it in front of a real live audience in nightclubs. Terrifying. Shout to my drum teacher who has the patience of a saint. We got to ask, do you have a favorite song, one you perfected yet? I don't think I perfected anything. Focused mainly on the track that we -- that you hear in the film, Olivia cook and I did a lot of band rehearsals. And I should say that track itself is an original track by Abraham and his theme song for the movie which is really beautiful piece has just been long listed for an Oscar so music and sound design just plays a massive part in this film. A lot of the sound design in the film is made up from the sound of my heartbeat, the sound of my breathing so you really feel like you're inside the character's head and for deaf audiences, the entire film is open captioned. So deaf audiences can really enjoy this film alongside hearing audiences which I think is something quite unique. That is great. It deserves all the buzz it is getting. Riz, thanks for joining us this morning and we want to tell ? Thank you so much. "Sound of metal" is now available on Amazon prime video. Check it out.

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