Fatih Akin, right, is the director of “The Cut,” left, which is controversial in Turkey as it deals with the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottomans.
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Award-winning Turkish-German director Fatih Akin says he dropped plans to make a film about an Armenian journalist murdered in 2007 because no Turkish actor wanted to play the lead.In an interview with Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, Akin said he instead turned to making another controversial film, "The Cut," which deals with the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Akin said he had finished a script based on the murdered Armenian journalist Hrant Dink (who worked for Agos) but he had to drop the project after the Turkish actors he approached for the role found it "too harsh". Akin said Turkey was now ready, however, for a film like "The Cut," which tells the story of an Armenian man who survives the 1915 killings and embarks on a journey across the world to find his daughter.
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