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Director Jim Sheridan: I loved Sharif beyond comprehension

'He was the most convivial actor that ever lived'

Published 11/07/2015 | 02:30

Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia
Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia
Jim Sheridan and Omar Sharif at the inaugural Dublin Arabic Film Festival

Director Jim Sheridan has led the Irish tributes to his great friend Omar Sharif, who he said "may have been one of the greatest actors ever".

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The 'Doctor Zhivago' star had joined Mr Sheridan on the set of his movie 'The Secret Scripture' for filming just last March.

"I think it's the last performance he did. He was a warrior, he came all the way from the Black Sea on an EasyJet with kids with buckets and spades just to get here. He had to go through Paris and London and get a visa," Mr Sheridan recalled.

"I loved him beyond comprehension," the director said in a moving tribute about the Egyptian actor.

He said that Mr Sharif was so sweet to go out with, and especially enjoyed going to his favourite restaurant in Paris, beside the Arc de Triomphe. He lived in a hotel in the French capital.

Mr Sharif also launched the first Dublin Arabic Film Festival last year, which Mr Sheridan helped organise. Mr Sheridan said he planned to organise something to honour his friend at the festival this year, when it takes place in October.

"I adored him. He was the most convivial actor that ever lived," he added.

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