Everything was cool when I came back running 10.09. Now that I’m running some of the fastest times in history, people are uncomfortable.
I was having the worst year of my life before the offer from ‘EastEnders’ came through. I was 58, my kids were grown up, and I had no money and few offers.
That’s the first thing that came easy in basketball, beating people down the court, getting into people. Using God’s gifts.
I set out to be a comedian, and then the spokesperson thing is kind of just something that came along with it.
When I came into the NBA, to be around Patrick Ewing and Derek Harper and Doc Rivers and Charles Oakley and Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy every day had a huge effect on me.
Once I was in Varanasi, a man in his mid 40s came to meet me from Jalandhar. He touched my feet and asked for blessings. I was stunned. I picked him and hugged him. He said he is blessed now. I think that was the most memorable moment in my life.
I remember one day going in the studio to sing and then going to work with three separate songwriters before I came back in the studio. I was running on empty.
I was in Iceland with Kim and Kanye, he started calling me ‘Food God.’ So I knew when I came back, I was like, ‘I am Food God. It was like, the power of Food God. He christened it.’
I first came into the radar of the U.S. intelligence when I received a call from my cousin Mahfouz. It was 1999. He wanted me to help him transfer some money to his sick father. And he called me from the phone of UBL.
When I came to Afghanistan, I couldn’t choose the training camp; al Qaeda and the Arabs ran the camps. I said, ‘Hey, I want to help.’ They said I could not until I had training. I said, ‘OK, I’ll take the training.’
And when 9/11 came, that was open season to violate human rights. And that’s how I was kidnapped.
I came from the bottom, from nothing. To a man who has nothing in his life, imagine what it’s like to be hoisted on someone’s shoulders.
Religious liberty is a natural right and a highly sensitive issue for Americans, many of whose forefathers frequently came to the country to practice it.
I’m trying to un-polish, like ‘reset’ myself. I’m trying to take myself back to when I first came in. That’s what the fans miss and that’s how they accepted me, so I kind of want to go back and give them that.
I have always found that if I came in excessively prepared, emphasis on excessively, that was sort of the best case I could make for myself.
I remember when Michael Jackson came to India and I was crazy about his gig.
I think ‘Black Dog’ came out at a time where a lot of people were feeling quite low and confused in quite a chaotic space.
I came up in Australia and I was really lucky that straight out of school I was hired in a play. It was a production of ‘The History Boys.’
After ‘Hero,’ I was waiting for the right script and when ‘Mubarakan’ came to me, I knew I would enjoy working on a film like that.
I’m not a big man and never was. I came in at about 243 pounds and I played at times up to 260 so there was nothing I could have done to match the size of the defensive tackles.
I came from a remote village, I didn’t know what running was, or the Olympics.
I love pure joke-tellers, but if I go to see a comedian for a full show, I want to feel I know them more than when I came through the door.
I mean Ireland, in all honesty I owe Ireland a lot because I think, and I’m not just saying this flippantly, Ireland is probably the reason that I do the job I do because when I started doing stand-up I came to Ireland and I just sort of gelled with the idea of doing it the way I do – telling stories.
After ‘Hunterwali’ went unnoticed, Harmesh Malhotra gave me a break in ‘Poonam,’ but the real start came with F.C. Mehra’s ‘Ek Jaan Hain Hum.’
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