BY SHAMAN MOMOH
Legendary Egyptian actor, Omar Sharif passed away yesterday after a heart attack. He was 83.
Sharif starred in dozens of movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Doctor Zhivago, Hidalgo and many more. He will be remembered and mourned by cinephiles for his range and stature as a legend of old celluloid.
At a time in his life though, he was more famous for playing bridge than for acting.
TNS brings you 10 of Sharif’s most memorable quotes which touched on acting, life, love and more.
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’m very wary about giving advice. I think it’s very dangerous to give advice to people, except if you know them very well.
When one sees what happens in the world between the religions, the different religions – killing each other and murdering each other, it’s disgusting and as far as I am concerned it’s ridiculous. So I thought I might be useful, I believe in God and I believe in religion, but believe religions should belong to you. The extraordinary thing is that the Jews believe that only the Jews can go to paradise, the Christians believe that only a Christian can go to paradise and the Muslims believe that only the Muslims can go to paradise. Now why should God, in his great justice, make somebody born that cannot go to paradise – it is absurd. Please forgive me I don’t mean to say it’s absurd, people made it absurd.
My philosophy is that when I go out of my room, I’m prepared to love everybody I meet, unless they’re bad.
I don’t consider him [Ruben, fathered with an Italian journalist in 1969] to be my son, although I concede that he was probably produced by a sperm of mine. But then it is possible that I might have 100,000 sons.
I never fell in love with another woman. I cannot have a relationship with a woman if I’m not in love… I’m a very particular person, I’m not very much interested in short adventures with women or girls. I have to fall in love with someone in order to have a relationship with her.
I don’t watch any films. Billy Elliot is the only film I’ve seen in the last 25 years. Oh, and ET. Both of which I loved!
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’ll never know what my life would have been like if they hadn’t made Lawrence of Arabia. What would I be? I would maybe have 10 children, a very fat wife. I would be very fat myself. I don’t know.
See these hands? They are old. But they are soft. Only good for caressing.