Riz Ahmed and Asl Coach Jeremy Lee Stone on ‘Sound of Metal’s’ Labor of Love
In “Sound of Metal,” Riz Ahmed plays Ruben, a heavy metal musician who gradually loses his hearing.The film, bowing Friday on Amazon Prime, follows Ruben as he copes with his hearing loss.
Director Darius Marder relies on sound design to immerse the audience into the film, allowing them to understand what Ruben is going through.
To prepare for the part, Ahmed spent seven months working alongside American Sign Language coach Jeremy Lee Stone, learning Asl and integrating himself in the deaf community.Ahmed and Stone spoke with Variety about their collaboration, how Ahmed’s life changed after working on the film and how Stone became more than just a coach to him, and also a friend.
Ahmed also discusses the importance of the film’s message hoping it will bridge gaps between the hearing and deaf communities.Jeremy, how did your involvement with “Sound of Metal” happen?Darius wanted
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