Two Actors Killed in Accident During Filming in Iran

Two Actors Killed in Accident During Filming in Iran
Two Actors Killed in Accident During Filming in Iran

Two actors were killed and four other people were injured in an accident on the set of the historical TV drama Salman Farsi in northeastern Iran.

The incident occurred on February 29 at the filming location in a village near Shahrood, according to the official news agency IRNA.

The report quoted local officials as saying that the casualties were caused by the collapse of a bridge.

The names of those killed and injured were not immediately known.

Mehr news agency confirmed the two casualties and shared a short video showing a rescue helicopter arriving at the site of the incident.

Salman Farsi is a 60-episode historical series directed by Dawood Mirbagheri, known for his work on the popular Iranian television series Imam Ali and Mokhtarnameh.

Produced by the Sima Film Center, which is affiliated with the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the series boasts a hefty budget of approximately $37 million, according to a member of parliament.

You may recall that in the year 2022, Hichem Rostom, Tunisian actor of Iranian TV series “Salman Farsi”, reportedly dies at 75.

He played a role in “Salman Farsi”, a major unfinished Iranian TV series about the life story of Salman Farsi, the Iranian companion of the Prophet of Islam (S).

“We were informed by Tunisian artists that we have lost Hichem Rostom, the prominent actor of our series,” “Salman Farsi” producer Hossein Taheri told the Persian service of MNA on Thursday.

“He had done his parts in the period concerning Salman Farsi’s life when he lived in the Byzantine Empire,” he noted, and added that director Davud Mirbaqeri had signed him on for the cast for another season of the project, which covers the history of Islam in the early years.

In 2018, Mirbaqeri visited Tunisia to cast some actors from the country for roles in “Salman Farsi”. Rostom was one of the actors who was selected to portray a member of the monastic community in the Byzantine empire.

“We planned to hire him for the role of a character in the early history of Islam, but his death deprived us of his expertise,” Taheri said.

Rostom was considered the most famous actor of his generation in his native country.

He portrayed Fuad in the acclaimed movie “The English Patient”, and played roles in “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “In Desert and Wilderness”.

He starred in “Golden Horseshoes”, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

Rostom showed a keen interest in acting at a young age because of his maternal grandfather, who used to take him to the theater frequently.

He made a brief appearance in the role of a stage manager in the film L’Aile ou la Cuisse alongside Louis de Funès.

He was known for his productions of plays such as “Caligula” or “L’Étranger”.

He appeared in more than 70 films and television shows since 1987. He then moved to France where he lived for years to further his studies and graduated from Sorbonne University’s Institute of Theater Studies and the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies.

In 2017, Rostom helped in organizing the Rouhaniyet Festival in Nefta, Tunisia, which is an event where spiritual and Sufi songs are performed.

He also presided over two editions of the Carthage Theatre Festival.


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