He speaks with an overwhelming passion that catches you. I think it has to do with how he emphasizes some of the words, the ones he really wants to get across to you. Confirms them and repeats them. But also that Omar Sy (the last name is pronounced as an expression) is one of those men with an innate magnetism, almost like other times. Curry Twenty-first Century Scholarship.
Despite being on the other side of the screen, in another country, this is instantly recognized, and he explains that being a complete stranger outside of France, he made the world fall in love with ‘Untouchable’ 10 years ago. Moreover, his dance to the rhythm of earth, wind and fire in this film has already gone down in the history of cinema.
Now, audiences are once again stunned at ‘Lupine’: The gig series became a Netflix discovery last year, was among the most watched series even in the US and its sequel (that’s what they call it, not the season) just released. He achieves this with the air of an ordinary man, however, he needs nothing more than a smile to disarm anyone. This is his role, a white-gloved thief and master of disguise full of wit and “cuteness”, and so is he. In this way a whole game of parallels between person and character is created.
When we start the virtual interview, he greets me with one of those smiles and the distance evaporates. “I’ve never filmed any series before, and it’s exciting to be able to spend so much time with the same role, and know that well. Also, playing someone who plays another role was a bit ‘schizophrenic”” – tells me, emphasizing The last word-.
“But it was a great lesson, because I had to learn very quickly. Now I feel like I have a much stronger relationship with this character than any other.” Assane Diop (the modern version of Arsene Lupine in this novel) is his own, and it’s no wonder. Because, unlike Cary Grant, it wasn’t easy for Omar nor Asan to succeed.
Born in 1978 in Trapp, the “suburb” twenty kilometers from the Louvre, to parents from Senegal and Mali, the world star has now grown up knowing what it means to be invisible in society. A fact plays an important role in Lupine, as the protagonist exploits it to commit robberies; He often disguises himself as a cleaning clerk or “race”, hoping that the prevailing classism and racism will not cause anyone to take a second look at him.
I ask you if this message comes to you in a particularly personal way. “Maybe yes, although not in a conscious way, you know? It was interesting to talk about it because it’s something that happens… and also because it was so essential to the story. And it’s so clever that Asani uses it to steal the establishment.”
“Because they don’t see certain people, if you want to hide, the best thing is not to do something amazing, but to become those people. It’s good to pay attention to it, because it’s fair and because it happens in our world. But it’s also entertaining and amusing — he repeats as if emphasizing On the concept–.it’s the key, I think.”
This is one of his concerns. Trained as a comedian since his teens, he became famous in his country for the “Sketches” program, and he only started acting by chance, because Olivier Nacache and Eric Toledano (directors of “Entocable”) convinced him to do so. It was just a game.
And overnight, in 2011, his life was turned upside down: he became a planetary phenomenon, the first black artist to win a César and France’s most beloved public figure, according to a survey. Then he went to live in Hollywood, where he took part in films of the caliber “Jurassic World” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.
However, this success did not make him forget that his goal is to have fun. “That’s what I want before anything else. While you’re at it, you can hint at a lot of issues. But, yeah, entertainment comes first. And I think it’s the best way to deal with social and even racial issues.” I don’t want to give lessons to anyone, I’m not Better than the others,” he says.
When I suggest it maybe because of that, because he’s not trying to pretend anything, because he doesn’t take a pose, his countrymen (and the rest of the world) like him so well, he ponders a little before agreeing, probably because of the fear of getting rid of himself. Flowers involuntarily: “Sure, I talk about what I know and what I think. That doesn’t mean I have the truth. It’s just my view of the world, and I want to share it. That’s it.”
The actor has said on numerous occasions that his family is what helps him keep his feet on the ground. He has been married since 2007 to Helen, his young girlfriend, and they have five children. To these must be added his seven brothers and their parents, who are now retired, and have returned to Africa. And in more than one case he made sacrifices for them: when he moved to the United States, for example, it was not a search for more celebrity, but for more anonymity from his offspring, which was sometimes complicated in France.
The series, which gets darker in this second episode (“In the first part, Asani is the teacher, he dictates the rules and is always one step ahead. Now, it’s more difficult because his people are in danger; the story is no longer about theft and material things, it becomes emotional.”) That’s why he can’t think clearly,” he explains), he’s about fatherhood and filial love, so I’m interested in whether that’s one of the bonds he has with character.
At first, he denies it, but then goes into long thought, though in the third person, it ends up seeming intimate: “For all of us, there comes a time when we wonder what it means to be the best possible father and what it means to be.” The best possible son. Asani must take into account both. And the two must live together in the same body, because Assani has a son and a father, and Asani a son and a father. There is conflict. Do you find balance?” The relationship between Omar and Asani is so direct that it sometimes seems, in Real life too, that one another’s name is hidden.
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