Netflix-Viewers love the newly released crook series “Lupin“, in which the main character Assane Diop is inspired by the gentleman gangster Arsène Lupine. Even around 3 weeks after its publication,” Lupine “is still stable at the top of the Netflix Top 10.
A huge reason for the success of “Lupine” is for sure the lead actor Omar Sy, who became famous in Germany mainly for the hilarious comedy “Pretty Best Friends” from 2011. Sy was then featured in the comic blockbuster “X-Men: The Future Is Past” and in “Jurassic World” from 2015.
We reveal 6 facts about “Lupine” leading actor Omay Sy that will surprise you. Have fun with it!
1: Omar Sy never took acting classes!
Like “Lupine” star Omar Sy the magazine Collider revealed, filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano asked him in 2000 if he would like to star in a short film. Sy then replied: “I’m not really an actor,” to which the later “Pretty Best Friends” directors replied: “We’re not really directors.”
According to his own statement, Omar Sy never attended an acting school, but, as he further revealed to Collider, only attended the “school of life”.
2: Omar Sy’s life changed completely with the success of “Pretty Best Friends”
In 2011 the comedy “Pretty Best Friends” was released, which attracted almost 20 million viewers in France and more than 9 million people in Germany. Omar Sys’s life changed almost overnight as a result of this tremendous success …
“Everything was different because I had more choice in my roles and because I was offered films in English. I had to learn English. I changed my place of residence. I lived in Paris, now I live in Los Angeles,” revealed Omar Sy LRM Online.
The actor would also have become more cautious with public statements: “I have been held more microphones … people are listening, so you have to be careful. That is good mindfulness,” says Sy.
3: Omar Sy sees himself as an actor, not a black actor
For his portrayal of Driss in “Pretty Best Friends”, Omar Sy was also awarded the César for best leading actor in 2012. Sy was the 1st black actor to receive the prestigious French national film award.
“When I won it was a really special moment in my life and I knew everything would change after that,” said Sy der Philadelphia Sun. “But I never thought about being the 1st black actor to win when everyone else was talking about it.”
For the “Lupine” star, it is very important that he is not perceived as a black actor, but simply as an actor. Sy reveals that he has stopped perceiving himself in a “limited way”.