An Afghan boy plays in the ruins of a house that once belonged to the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi. Photograph: Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images
Following the announcement by Mr. David Franzoni, the writer of the blockbuster Hollywood movie the Gladiator, that his upcoming project will deal with the life and teachings of the famous and controversial 13th Century Sufi scholar, Jalauddine Al-Rumi, ЯP reached out to Mr. Al-Rumi in his palatial residence in Delirial Dimension, to gauge his initial reaction.
“Well it’s about damn time!” Mr. Al-Rumi incanted during our Skype call. “I’ve only been the bestselling poet in the U.S. for what, a decade now?” He added: “And my life is the stuff of legend. Add to that a possible love triangle involving me, my daughter and my best friend, and dozens of whirling young men in white robes. And wine, and it really bugles the mind that they have waited this long to come up with the decision.”
As to his take on the possibility of having Leonardo DiCaprio playing him, while Robert Downey Jr stars as Shams Al-Tabrizi, the Holy Dervish of Our Momentary Rapture didn’t seem to be so impressed with the choice. And the reason… “when will Hollywood stop playing these stupid games when it comes to casting? I am Persian, so is Shams, and I bet there are plenty of Iranian-American actors who don’t think much of the Mullah regime, not to mention the Iran Deal, who will be more than happy, not to mention suitable, to play the roles. Let’s not do another Gods of Egypt here. Enough is enough.”