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Aeril Zafrel debuts in Hollywood

Writer: Ng Suzhen


Aeril Zafrel in a music video with Christina Ricci.

16 March – Local actor Aeril Zafrel has landed a lead role in Hollywood which will see him star opposite Christina Ricci and Sharon Stone.

The 26-year-old actor, whose real name is Suhairil Sunari, said that his picture, taken with Christina Ricci was from a music video of the movie's theme song.

According to reports from Harian Metro, Aeril, who is from small town Kluang, Johor, is not allowed to reveal details of the film as he is bound by a contract from the film's production team. What has been confirmed though, is that the film will be a love story.

"I admit that the actor in the music video alongside Christina (Ricci) is me. The film has yet to be given an official title but this music video was shot early this year," said Aeril.


Aeril Zafrel as Badrul, the titular "Budak Pailang".

An acquaintance of Aeril's in London had requested for the actor to send his career profile over last year. Not long after, Aeril got a call from the producers who felt that he fits the criteria for what they were looking for in an Asian character.

The film is still undergoing shooting in London while the music video will soon be aired across MTV channels as an early film promotion.

"I feel like I'm in a dream working in a Hollywood production alongside big stars such as Christina Ricci and Sharon Stone," he added.

Aeril Zafrel is best known in films such as "Budak Pailang" and "Hanya Aku Cinta Kau Seorang".

Cinema Online, 16 March 2013


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