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Omid: Infidel controversial to some

Published 09/04/2010 | 11:32

Omid Djalili says some may find The Infidel controversial
Omid Djalili says some may find The Infidel controversial

Omid Djalili has admitted some people may find his new film The Infidel controversial.

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The Iranian comedian stars as a British Muslim who discovers he is adopted and was actually born Jewish in the comedy written by David Baddiel.

Speaking at the film's premiere at London's Hammersmith Apollo, Omid revealed: "It's difficult for me to say it's controversial because I've, you know, I've had 12, 13 years of my act, I've been talking about race, religion, suicide bombing. It didn't seem controversial to me but I can see that maybe some people will find it controversial."

He went on: "One or two points skirt very close to the edge, but I think that the heart of the movie is so good, I honestly don't feel people will be too offended by it."

The comic insisted the aim of the film was not to offend, but he felt people should be free from the boundaries of political correctness to make jokes about anything they liked.

Omid said: "I think that the line here is never to make fun of central figures of a faith, or make fun of a faith, but the foibles of the religious followers, of people who have struggled to interpret, struggled to understand religion.

"I've struggled to understand, that religion is a means to an end, a lot of people think religion is an end. And our struggle to understand that, it's something that we should laugh to help us understand."

The film, which also stars Richard Schiff and Archie Panjabi, is now showing in cinemas.

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