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Interview: Ben Youcef

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Ben Youcef is definitely starting to make a name for himself in Hollywood. The Algerian born actor broke onto the scene in Steven Spielberg’s Munich. His performance in Munich landed him roles in films such as Bruno, The Bourne Ultimatum and Body of Lies. Ben has also had memorable performances in hit television series such at NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI: NY and Law & Order.

Currently the multi-talented actor can be seen starring alongside Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in the inspirational film From The Rough. He is also writing, producing and starring in the independent film The Algerian.

Ben was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss his current projects, being a first time producer and why having mentors is important.

Pop Culture Principle – What was it about the script for From The Rough that made you want to be a part of the project?

Ben Youcef – It’s a true and inspirational story about the first African American female golf coach. It’s about this wonderful woman who recruited these kids who had baggage and many problems in life. She was a tough coach and a mother at the same time, but was able to find a balance between the two. She helped guide us and helped us find our purpose in life. For my character in particular, she helped him find his inner peace. It’s such a beautiful story. In the past I’ve done a lot of roles that dealt with terrorism, so it was refreshing to do something much more inspirational and also a film with a great message. I’m not representing my people in a bad light, so that was a great motivator for me.

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