I Didn't Know Who Salma Hayek Was: 'Gunda' Actor Harish Patel

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Actor Harish Patel, known for his role as Ibu Hatela in the Bollywood film Gunda, bagged a role in the Marvel Studios production Eternals. In a recent interview, he spoke about his character 'Karan', and his first interaction with Salma Hayek.

He recalled that a 'beautiful woman' congratulated him on the sets after a table read, who he later realised was Hayek. He revealed that he only recognised Angelina Jolie out of the entire cast.

Speaking to Pinkvilla, he added that he was asked to attend a table read while he was leaving the audition. He said, in Hindi, "I was eating when I felt someone tap on my shoulder. 'Hello', she said, and she had a lovely voice. I turned around and Salma Hayek was there. She congratulated me. I was staring at her because she was so beautiful and then later I found out that it was Salma Hayek."

""I knew Angelina Jolie, but I knew nothing of the others who were working with me. At the table read, on one side was Kumail Nanjiani, and on the other there was Richard Madden. I had no idea he was so popular, on Game of Thrones."" - Harish Patel to Pinkvilla

Harish also appeared in David Schwimmer's directorial debut film Run Fatboy Run. The actor told Pinkvilla that he didn't even know who Schwimmer was when they worked together.

Talking about his character in the film and the audition process, Harish recalled, "So at the time when they had given me this role, the name of my character was not Karun, it was something else which I don’t remember now."

"So three months after I gave the audition and they were to start shooting in September, on 28th or 29th of August my manager sent me a message stating that I’ll have to go to London for the final audition, and the mail that I had received inquired if I could fly the next day. I said it doesn’t happen like that, as I’ll have to apply for the entertainer visa only after which I can enter the country and give the audition," he further said.

The actor did get his visa in a few days and flew down to London.

Directed by Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao, Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kit Harinton, Don Lee, and others. It follows the story of an immortal and ancient alien race that emerges from the shadows to save mankind and face their rivals.

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