Young actor Khalil Fadhil Khalil won the love of Iraqi audiences after playing King Faisal II in the television series "Akher al-Melouk".
Khalil has played several important roles in recent years. In 2009, he won the best young actor award at the Cairo Arab Media Festival for his role in "Sahabat Seif" even though he was still a third-year student at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Baghdad University.
Mawtani met with Khalil in Baghdad for the following interview:
Mawtani: Do you think the fame of your father Fadhil Khalil contributed to your own fame?
Khalil Fadhil Khalil: Of course, this has been an important reason for my fame. My father has also had a positive influence on me ever since I was little. Although some people are saying that I am getting roles thanks to my father, I think that the critics, artists and audiences have a different opinion.
Mawtani: How do you feel about titles, such as the "King", which audiences gave you for the role of King Faisal II?
Khalil: I do not look for titles. However, this title is good and it makes me happy when fans call me "King" or "Our King". Some of them even call me "Your Excellency". This shows that I have succeeded in playing that character, which makes me happy.
Mawtani: Were you afraid to play the role of King Faisal?
Khalil: This role was offered to me by artist Ali Jaafar al-Saadi. I found that all the artists, including the director, script writer, producers and others, agreed that I would play the role of King Faisal II.
Of course, the selection was difficult because this character is loved by Iraqis, who greatly sympathize with this young king. He was a cultured, informed person who had all the features that would qualify him to be a king.
I took a long time to make the right decision. I read a lot about the king and I listened to old people who lived in that era. When I was by myself, I found out that there were certain characteristics in the king's character that were close to my own character. The most important of these characteristics is that I am quiet like the king.
I also have the ability to play any character. I can excel at playing a beggar or a king. I was of the opinion that if I studied the character well and worked hard to play it, I would succeed. Based on that, I agreed to do it.
Mawtani: How do you feel about your fame?
Khalil: Fame is a wonderful thing. I am always surrounded with the love of people who I meet everywhere. To be loved by people is the most beautiful thing in life. This encourages me to offer the best and also motivates me to work harder and give more in order to please them.
Mawtani: Do you dream of working internationally?
Khalil: I hope to play roles in front of world actors. I dream about acting in Hollywood.