SOUND OF METAL Courtesy of Amazon Studios
It is no surprise for Paul Raci to fit into Sound of Music so perfectly. Raci plays a key character that teaches us that being deaf doesn’t mean being handicap or is something to be fixed.
During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew. Utilizing startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben’s experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world.
Paul Raci has been an advocate of the deaf community for over 25 years and has been a Court Certified American Language interpreter for the LA Superior Court system. He is the child of born deaf adults (COAD) whose first language was ASL. He is a musician and actor. Recently he has been seen in Baskets and Amazon Primes, Goliath. Raci is the lead singer for the Hands of Doom ASL Rock band.
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I had a pleasant conversation with Paul Raci via Zoom and discussed his character, Joe, in Sound of Metal. He also shared what it was like to work alongside the actor, Riz Ahmed.
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See Sound of Metal in select theaters tomorrow and on Prime Video December 4th
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