Famous Egyptian and International actor Omar Al Sharif revealed that he is not proud of most of the foreign movies he started in, and only a handful he thought brought significance to his career. He mainly regrets his role in the foreign film “Che Guevara”.
According to the London daily Elaph, Omar, who is 76 years old now, talks to journalist about his new role in the new film “Al Musafer” (The Traveler) at the filming site in a hospital near Cairo. Al Sharif said to the journalists that “I regret my role in the film ‘Che Guevara’, which was made to make the communist leader of Argentina look bad. They have betrayed me, because I did not know that the CIA was after him, and I did not know that the story was fabricated till the end of the filming.” Al Sharif was badly criticized for making the Argentinean leader look bad.
Al Sharif took leading roles in 80’s foreign films, and he adds that he’s only proud of a handful of them not all. He also starred in 25 Egyptian movies, which like wise he is proud of some and regrets others.
Al Sharif describes the film “Al Musafer”, which is directed by Ahmad Maher as a life journey where he is homesick to go back to his hometown Alexandria in northern Egypt. He is very pleased with the scenario of the film, because it has a new perspective unlike any other film he did before.
Al Sharif makes clear that the leading character in the film, which is played by him, is acted out through three different age periods, young, middle age and an old man. When he is a young man in the movie he meets a woman who gives birth to twins and then he has grandkids without knowing he had kids of his own in the first place. His grandkids appear suddenly in his life and he is not sure if they are really his or not.
Lately Al Sharif has been living in Egypt and he was recently in a television drama series called “Hanan Wa Hanin”, which was aired during the Ramadan season and it is considered to be his first experience with television drama.