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The reason British actor Riz Ahmed will star in Rogue One, the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, isn't only because he sent email after email after email to the director of Rogue One. But it's definitely part of it.

After recording one take and sending it to the director, who had seen and liked some of his previous work, Ahmed decided he'd give director Gareth Edwards another option to consider. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another.

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He sent him 14 takes. Sometimes persistence pays off.

Other times it's just annoying, so maybe use the strategy with some discretion.