Hamza Haq - "Transplant" interview

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Transplant Hamza Haq stars in “Transplant” a unique medical drama airing on NBC. The first surgery on “Transplant” takes place amid debris. A truck has just crashed into a restaurant, and an injured diner is suffering from a potentially fatal brain bleed. A man then makes a quick decision: with his flashlight firmly in his mouth, he makes a hole in the head of the “patient” — using, of all things, a power drill. Thankfully, that man is actually Bashir “Bash” Hamed, a Syrian doctor of emergency medicine who fled his war-torn homeland for Toronto, where he is attempting to redo his residency. And since even the most diversely cast medical dramas are built around white protagonists, “Transplant” — which premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. on NBC — is as unconventional as the aforementioned procedure it depicts: It puts an immigrant, and his largely underrepresented perspective as a person of color, front and center. “Bash is the character who has been in every single show that we’ve ever seen in any genre, but this time he is the one who’s in the spotlight,” said Hamza Haq, the 29-year-old actor who stars in “Transplant.” The series, acquired by NBC as many American TV series remain in limbo because of COVID-related filming interruptions, first aired this spring in Canada, where it became the most-watched new Canadian series of the 2019-2020 season. Said Haq, “We’re hoping for a similar reaction in the States — if not in numbers, then at least in emotion.”

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