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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Omar Sharif tells of pain at passing of friend O'Toole

Legendary actor Omar Sharif is photographed with Jim Sheridan at the opening night of the inaugural Dublin Arabic Film Festival at Light House Cinema,Dublin. Photography: Conor Healy Photography
Legendary actor Omar Sharif is photographed with Jim Sheridan at the opening night of the inaugural Dublin Arabic Film Festival at Light House Cinema,Dublin. Photography: Conor Healy Photography
Legendary actor Omar Sharif is photographed at the opening night of the inaugural Dublin Arabic Film Festival at Light House Cinema, Dublin. Photography: Conor Healy Photography
Omar Sharif is photographed with Jim Sheridan at the opening night of the inaugural Dublin Arabic Film Festival at Light House Cinema, Dublin. Photography: Conor Healy Photography
Sharif and O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia
Omar Sharif with Zhara Moufid, director of the Dublin Arabic Film Festival
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

'Lawrence of Arabia' star Omar Sharif spoke of the heartache he experienced upon hearing the news his close friend Peter O'Toole had passed away last December.

"My heart broke in two. He was a great friend and a great actor," said 82-year-old Sharif at the opening night of the Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) at the Lighthouse Cinema.

Sharif and O'Toole spent over a year together in the deserts of Jordan and Morocco shooting David Lean's classic 1962 film.

"There were lots of camels but no women – for a year," Sharif said. "Can you believe that?"

It was 'Lawrence of Arabia' that turned Irish-born actor O'Toole, who died last year at the age of 81, into a true screen legend.

Sharif arrived at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin with director and President of the DAFF Jim Sheridan and Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan.

Sheridan was encouraged to establish the festival after hearing Marlon Brando's remarks that there would "never be another Omar Sharif following 9/11".

"It stuck with me and I thought it was very sad," Sheridan said.

Irish Independent

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