Jeff Bridges stars in The Old Man as Dan Chase, a former CIA agent on the run after being tracked down by the government after living off the grid for 30 years. Among those he must face in his past is Faraz Hamzad (Navid Negahban), a powerful Afghan tribal leader and former ally whom Chase betrayed 30 years ago during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Vahdat plays the young version of Hamzad, and because of the two different timelines, the actor said he didn’t film any scenes with Bridges.
“The only interaction I had with him was through our producers, our showrunners, and they always said to me, ‘Jeff saw the dailies from yesterday and said this and that.’ It was very friendly and that was it,” said Vahdat. “Finally in the press [event], when we premiered the show the first night in LA I finally got to meet him, thank him and be happy for him. He is unbelievable. He is the best. We didn’t have any interaction during filming. Hopefully we’ll do that in the future, but not during the first season.”
For now, Vahdat is basking in the glow of meeting Bridges and being linked to The Old Man, which has already been renewed for a second season: “As a kid from Iran whose parents gave their lives to come to this country, to be able to do that and have my father’s last name on the screen next to Jeff Bridges — it gives me goosebumps just talking about it,” Vahdat gushed.
Starring John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, Alia Shawkat and Bill Heck – who plays young Dan Chase alongside Vahdat – FX’s The Old Man will stream exclusively on Hulu, with new episodes premiering every Thursday through July 21.