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French actor and comedian Omar Sy on the path to international stardom

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 01:09

July 29 - Omar Sy speaks about his most recent role in ''Samba,'' working in Hollywood and his struggle to master the English language. John Russell reports.

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French actor and comedian Omar Sy hopes to make a splash with North American audiences with the release of French film "Samba." Sy became a household name in his native France after the success of his comedic shows and his regular appearances in French television starting in the early 2000s. He broadened his career by working his way into acting and in 2012 he won a Best Actor Cesar Award, the French equivalent of an Oscar. In "Samba" Sy plays a undocumented immigrant trying to make a living in Paris. The story hits close to home for Sy, whose parents emigrated to Paris in the 1960s. Sy, who relocated to Los Angeles three years ago, already has his foot in the door in Hollywood. He has appeared in various Hollywood blockbuster films, including "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and in this year's highly successful "Jurassic World" alongside Chris Pratt. He can soon be seen alongside Bradley Cooper in "Adam Jones" and has a major role the upcoming film based on Dan Brown's "Inferno" alongside Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. "Samba" had a limited release in Los Angeles and New York on July 24 and will have a larger nationwide release to follow.

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French actor and comedian Omar Sy on the path to international stardom

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 01:09