Sound of Metal tells the story of a heavy metal drummer named Ruben (Reese Ahmed) struggling with addiction and starting to lose his hearing. It changes his life in a huge way. Olivia Cook from The Ready Player One plays Lou in a movie that is related to him.
Ahmed had to transform in more ways than one in order to participate in the drama. The show business cheat sheet spoke with him about his process at the premiere of the film at the Toronto Film Festival on September 6. Here's how he became a troubled drummer.
Reese Ahmed followed a group to prepare for the role
The actor not only took drum lessons to prepare to play Ruben. He also approached a real drummer to further understand his lifestyle.
"I just spent a very long time hanging out with people on an intimate level," Ahmed told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. "You just know how to connect with them emotionally, learn about their lives and their journeys. And the group that was really important in my preparation was Surfbort. "
He went on:" And Sean [Powell] the Surfbort drummer was like a really special human being, covered with head-to-toe tattoos, and really shared his journey with me. And I'm grateful for that.
Asked if he models his character's physicality after artists, Ahmed revealed his approach. "At least for me personally, I don't think too consciously how I should move," the actor replied. "You're just trying to put yourself in a place where the world is moving in a certain way ."
Sometimes he could not hear himself speak to portray that he was losing his hearing.
Ruben lost his hearing, and the actor went on to make the most realistic journey possible. He learned to sign for months and wore ear pieces that made white noise so he wouldn't hear his own voice during the performance.
His preparation also included getting help from the Deaf community, and those behind the movie made sure there were project participants who were in the community itself. They were able to provide feedback during the process, according to Chelsea Lee, who plays Jen in the movie.
"It was an introduction to a new way of being," Ahmed explained. "A new way to connect and communicate. I had the privilege of gaining an idea of the beauty and richness of the culture of the deaf and of the signing community. I was fortunate enough to be welcomed by this community during the making of this movie. "
He went on:" And you know it's interesting, when you sign, you can't hide behind the words. You have to express with your whole body, so it actually turns out to be a much more emotional experience than I find through communicating through words in a word mask. So I was grateful for that and it really enriched me. "
Sound of Metal premiered September 6 in Canada. It is unknown when it will be released elsewhere.