Sharif in 1963
|Born||Michel Dimitri Chalhoub
10 April 1932
|Died||10 July 2015
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Other names||Omar el-Sherief, Omar Cherif|
|Education||Victoria College, Alexandria|
|Alma mater||Cairo University
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
(m. 1955; div. 1974)
CÃ©sar Award (2004)
I don't think any actor feels comfortable watching themselves in movies. You must be very narcissistic. The problem with your own opinion of yourself is that contrary to the normal spectators, when you watch a film you are in, you only watch yourself.
I don't know what sex appeal is. I don't think you can have sex appeal knowingly. The people who seduce me personally are the people who seem not to know they're seductive, and not to know they have sex appeal.
I didn't want to be a slave to any passion anymore. I gave up card playing altogether, even bridge and gambling – more or less. It took me a few years to get out of it.
I don't know what women are attracted to. I can't tell, but certainly I have no notion of having sex appeal or being seductive in any way.
There are lots of wonderful old Italian actors. You don't need to take an Egyptian to play an Italian actor.
They didn't accept me theory – not a theory, but just a thought I had about this character. I noticed that this man only exists when the boy comes into the grocery.
This is one of the factors that also made me very much want to make this film, apart from the fact that I loved it. If the boy hadn't been Jewish and the man hadn't been Muslim, it wouldn't have made any difference to the film. I don't think it's relevant, really.
The reason it has relevance is because I, as a popular Arab personality – the Arab people like me and respect me – thought it was time for me to make an ever so tiny statement about what I thought about this whole thing.
I'm very wary about giving advice. I think it's very dangerous to give advice to people, except if you know them very well.
Women know when they've got the menopause but men don't quite know. They know it afterwards.
This character in the film, these things that he says which sound like advice and wise things, they are very common for Orientals. It's all the tradition.
I see only defects because I'm not following the scene as it were. I'm not following the other person. It's like the best thing to clarify this is the theater.
I love to be with my son and my grandchildren, like normal people. I have no particular idea of what I represent to other people. It's very mysterious to me. I don't understand it.
He read his mind. He's a strange sort of man, isn't he? It's not just the advice and the wisdom that he has.
My philosophy is that when I go out of my room, I'm prepared to love everybody I meet, unless they're bad.
I had too many big passions in life and it gets in the way of work. You can't concentrate properly on the one thing.
I want to live every moment totally and intensely. Even when I'm giving an interview or talking to people, that's all that I'm thinking about.