Revisit 10 Great Men For 10th Anniversary

THE PATH OF ENLIGHTENMENT. Internationally, Arifin Putra is known as one of the main antagonists of “The Raid 2: Berandal.” And, boy, did he play that role well. In real life, however, the actor is the epitome of niceness


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His real life adventures are also much more profound. Case in point: his 2016 trek to Nepal. “It became a very spiritual journey, actually,” he professes. “You learn a lot about yourself, about what matters in this world.” At one point, the actor recalls, his group stopped on a hill overlooking a peaceful-looking valley. A local woman who joined them, however, turned sad and began to pray. The valley, it turned out, was once the place of over 200 homes. Then the earthquake of the 2015 turned everything into rubble. “Life is unpredictable,” Putra muses. “Everything can disappear in the blink of an eye.”

On the acting side, we can perhaps expect a new and improved Arifin Putra in his upcoming movies. “In early 2015, I had the opportunity to attend Berlinale Talents,” he recalls. This, by the way, is no mean feat, as the filmmaking seminar and workshop only admits 300 people. “And for actors, only 16 are chosen from the thousands who apply,” Putra pointed out. If that’s not a sign of a good actor, we don’t know what is.

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