Because of one of his previous appearances, Netflix viewers are having difficulty accepting Adeel Akhtar’s performance in Fool Me Once.
The new thriller series, starring Michelle Keegan, Joanna Lumley, and Richard Armitage, has been a big success since its debut on the streaming site last week.
It follows ex-military pilot Maya Stern (Michelle), who believes she sees her dead husband on her nanny cam, setting off a dramatic chain of events as she tries to solve the mystery.
DS Sami Kierce leads the murder investigation, but despite the gloomy part, audiences have struggled to differentiate the actor from his previous appearance in the comedic picture Four Lions.
The film, which premiered in 2010, recounted the narrative of a gang of radicalised young British Muslim males who want to be suicide bombers.
The actor portrayed Faisal, who memorably took front stage in the “Can I have 12 bottles of bleach” sequence, when he strove to perfect the skill of going underground.
However, over a decade later, and despite one character being a straight-laced officer and the other a terrorist, fans of the film stated they couldn’t take the actor ‘seriously’ because of his previous roles.
‘Just started Fool Me Once on Netflix. Michelle Keegan’s new one. Immediately recognised detective Kierce is Brother Faisal from Four Lions. Can’t take him seriously as a detective now,’ one person posted on X.
‘I haven’t been able to take the police man in Fool Me Once seriously since I realised it’s brother Faisal from Four Lines,’ someone else shared.
‘Am I the only one who saw Fool Me Once on and can’t take DS Sami Kierce seriously yet again as I keep remembering him as Faisal from Four Lions,’ another person added.
In addition to appearing in Four Lions, Adeel received a BAFTA in 2016 for his portrayal in Murdered By My Father, and he has also appeared in Ali and Ava, Killing Eve, Sherwood, and Sweet Tooth.
Based on Harlan Coben’s 2016 novel of the same name, Fool Me Once is the latest of his works to be adapted for the streaming service, following episodes such as The Stranger and Stay Close.
When it was launched, fans were immediately captivated, with some saying they were considering calling in sick to work so they could watch the entire series.
Fool Me Once is streaming on Netflix.
Source My Celebrity Life.