Dev Patel: Flying into Trump’s travel ban ‘a nightmare’
Oscar-nominated Dev Patel says he will attend Academy Awards despite the US President’s “horrible” executive order.
Actor Dev Patel has said flying into the US after Donald Trump imposed his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations was like “entering into a nightmare”.
The star, who is promoting the film Lion, told Sky News: “There is a lot of perspective going on as you are about to walk these red carpets and at the same time people are marching on the streets because there is so much strife in society.
“It is horrible. I am a product of an immigrant family myself and I would hate for the doors to be closed on other young children and families who just want a second chance at life.”
Tens of thousands of people had their visas revoked after the US President signed an executive order effectively barring citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.
It also halted the American refugee resettlement programme for 120 days.
The decree sparked protests by thousands of Americans, and a number of lawsuits.
Patel is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category at the Academy Awards for his role in the film about a young man separated from his family in India as a child and adopted by an Australian family.
He told Sky News he understood why Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of Oscar nominated The Salesman, would boycott the Oscars, but said he would be attending himself as he is “the face of a film we have worked so hard to get out to the world”.
“This film means a lot to the family it is based on and I think it is an important message to be spreading in the world of love that transcends race and colour,” he said.
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