Baddiel: We needed Omid for film
Published 07/04/2010 | 12:00
David Baddiel claims he could not have made new film The Infidel without Omid Djalili.
The comic and novelist wrote his new comedy especially for the Iranian comedian to play confused hero Mahmud, a British Muslim who discovers he is adopted and is actually Jewish, and revealed if Omid had dropped out, he'd have to have stepped in himself.
David said: "If he'd have dropped out, either I'd have had to have stopped or I'd have had to do it, because I'm the only other person I can think of who could look both Muslim and Jewish, and half way through the film that would have been weird - we'd have had to suggest the character had lost a lot of weight or something."
Speaking about why Omid inspired him to write the film, David revealed: "The key thing about him is that he looks like he could be Muslim or Jewish, and when I saw him I thought well what is he? And he is in fact Baha'i, which is neither, but in fact a religion which encompasses all religions, so perfect from that point of view."
"And also I just thought he was really really funny. I just think Omid Djalili is like a funny boned, naturally funny comedian, of the sort that you get quite rarely, like Eric Morecambe, the ability to just be funny almost by doing nothing," he added.
:: The Infidel is released on April 9.