Omar Sy: Fine French import

July 22, 2015

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Americans may not be familiar with him yet but, at this moment in time, Omar Sy is the biggest movie star in France.

“I remember having coffee with him one day in Paris a little while back and we were talking and engrossed in the conversation — and we looked up and there were 150 people on the other side of the window, looking at him,” says director Olivier Nakache, who is at least partly responsible for the phenomenon that is Omar Sy.

Not that Sy wasn’t a star already — at 37, he’s been a familiar face on French television since 2001, when he was half of the title on “Omar et Fred,” a sketch comedy show he did with longtime partner Fred Testot.  (More…)

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