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There is a point towards the end of Ted Lasso Season 1, in which Nathan (Nick Mohammed) believes he has been fired. The softly spoken equipment manager is angry and heartbroken at the same time. After years of taking a back seat or being bullied, he finally feels at home with the Richmond football team.
But he’s not fired – he was actually promoted, and in a matter of moments the entire team had him on their shoulders, singing his name while Nick smiles. If you̵
“The trust that has grown in him that felt really important and crucial to play that role,” Mohammed recently told Mashable over the phone. “You just want to find an element of truth … Even if only you know that as an actor, I think that is really what can then connect with an audience or somehow get rid of the site.”
Nathan’s journey through the season is a journey of trust, says Mohammed, even if it is from hardly one to actually a little.
“There is an element of me that has Cheat Syndrome, but only in the sense that I am so grateful to be in this industry because I love it so much,” he says. “Gosh, I can’t – it’s almost like a dream to be able to do something that you love so much.”
Mohammed is having a new face on the US comedy scene Ted Lasso and peacocks intelligencethat he created and plays with David Schwimmer. Mohammed’s work has a distinctly British sense of humor, is dry and self-deprecating (he writes a lot of short jokes at his own expense), but causes big laughs when it comes to timing. It’s a style he’s honed through radio and sketch comedy – and also as a professional magician.
“I still like magic and do it as a hobby and to entertain family and friends when they can stand it,” he says with a laugh. “I stopped doing it professionally when comedy and acting got properly adopted. But I always snuck in a bit of comedy. It probably started originally, and I think playing around in school and imitating teachers.”
In fact, Mohammed has written children’s books about magic and believes the world is ripe for television or film. As a member of the Magic Circle, he can confirm that it is “full of real characters”.
“With GCHQ in Intelligence, we’re playing with the way people think about how these agents and NSA agents might work to keep us safe,” he explains. “And what does that mean for wizards and members of this kind of secret society? How do you learn tricks? If you reveal a trick, you will be banned from the magical cycle. I find all of this really interesting. There is a rich history there.”
Muhammad’s comedy credentials are among the best; He attended Cambridge University and joined the comedy troupe that emerged Fry and Laurie, Emma Thompson and Monty Pythonto make a few names hard to drop. That led him to sketch rather than improvisational comedy, the bread and butter of which this is Ted Lasso Costars (and co-creators) Jason Sudeikis and Brendan Hunt.
“I just don’t know if I’m fast enough to be able to keep up with the guys,” says Mohammed, sounding both satisfied and humble in a very Coach Nate way. “There were some Nathan / Coach Beard / Ted scenes and I was often in the line of fire. They started to ripple and I kind of felt trapped between these two brilliant, brilliant guys.”
“It wouldn’t be for Nathan to say too much,” he adds. “Nathan just sat back and allowed things, so I was like, ‘Oh, well, I can justify it.'”
Mohammed has improvisation experience, also on intelligencewhere he writes all the scripts and takes care of David Schwimmer (just kidding!) (kind of).
“It’s just so strange, but you know David is like a good buddy now … so it’s very cooperative,” explains Mohammed. He’s on lunch break while he’s filming intelligence Season 2 in which Schwimmer occupies the trailer next door. “I’m so grateful to be able to draw on his wealth of experience because David is obviously one of the greatest actors of our generation, isn’t he? Not paying attention to the notes he would give me would be really stupid. In that regard, it is really each other. “
With intelligence Season 2 in production and more Ted Lasso confirms, Mohammed will be constantly present on our screens in the coming years and hopefully get more credits as well. He would also like to go into drama (“assuming I could ever make it because it would be such a challenge”) but unfortunately it’s too late for his dream role.
“If everything hadn’t already been done … Voldemort in the Harry Potter films. But of course you know: A.) I’m not big enough, B.) It was done, and C.) Ralph Fiennes did a good job . “
Ted Lasso is streamed on AppleTV + and intelligence is available on Peacock.