Internationally recognized actor Shaun Toub has had remarkable appearances in over 100 television episodes including Seinfeld, the Sopranos, ER, Just Shoot Me, Nash Bridges, Jag, The Bold and the Beautiful, the New Adventures of Superman, Married with Children and roles in such acclaimed big screen productions as "Bad Boys," "Broken Arrow," "Crash," "The Nativity Story," and "The Kite Runner." Playing the character "Yin Sen", Toub can next be seen in the Summer season's first blockbuster, "Iron Man."
Your last film was The Kite Runner and coming from an independent movie like that to this blockbuster, what was the transition like in going from a smaller movie to such a larger spectacle?
I take jobs as they are. I don't pay too much attention. I've been doing this for 20 years now. You kind of get immune to it in a sense that you don't want to get too excited too early on, because you never know how it's going to turn out. I mean, naturally, you have a feeling, the feeling is different, but I take all of them just as seriously. I guess maybe I've been around for too long. Maybe early on I'd get a little more nervous and more concerned about the transition. Now, for me, it's all about the character, it's all about the script. I am just as proud of being a part of films like Crash and The Kite Runner than I am of Iron Man. Although, luckily I saw Iron Man last night.
This movie has been getting major buzz, even before they started production. Was there a sense that people on the set were following the online buzz about the movie?
I was shocked at how many sites had my name up there. They were always trying to keep my character quiet, as much as possible. They really weren't putting what I was doing on the film, but it got out and once it got out, they had all types of scenarios of what I'd be doing. I'm going to be playing a Mongolian character, I'm going to be Asian, you know. It was really funny. They had Shaun Toub has done it all and now he's going to play an Asian character (Laughs). It was just really interesting. We had to keep it hush-hush so I wasn't talking about what I was doing.
Do you have anything that you're working on right now that you can tell us about?
Actually, as I'm speaking to you right now, I'm on my way out to the set in Valencia in this crazy Friday night traffic here in Los Angeles, to do a photo shoot. I've started a series with Simon Baker for Warner and CBS called The Mentalist. I have really enjoyed doing film, but there are really good people involved, the creators of Rome is involved and the great director David Nutter. It's an interesting storyline and I said, 'Why not? Let's give it a shot.'
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