• Publication date: July 7, 2014

Exclusive mbc.net Video: Amr Waked recounts his experience working alongside Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and George Clooney

Amr Waked

Amr Waked

In an exclusivembc.net interview with world-famous Egyptian actor,Amr Waked uncovered many never before revealed details about his cinematic career; from his early professional beginnings to facing some of the biggest names in Hollywood today.

In an exclusivembc.net interview with world-famous Egyptian actor,Amr Waked uncovered many never before revealed details about his cinematic career; from his early professional beginnings to facing some of the biggest names in Hollywood today.

“Borsagy” is how Amr described his time trading in Egypt’s stock exchange before embarking on a career in cinema, while also sharing with us how it all began as well as which director was the first to believe in Amr’s potential on the silver screen.

With a face and physique which enables him to portray a diverse spectrum of characters, Waked admitted that early in his career he took on 5 film roles simultaneously, sleeping in his car between orders- an experience he insists he would not repeat.

   Scarlett Johansson “Ordinary” and Morgan Freeman “Astonishing”!

   As for his latest film ‘Lucy’ with the beautiful Scarlett Johansson, Amr described Johansson as a big star who manages to keep things simple at the same time. However, Amr admits that he was amazed with some of Morgan Freeman’s qualities [Watch the video to learn what Waked found amazing about Freeman]…

Describing the set on ‘Lucy’, Amr says the atmosphere was relaxed and easygoing despite the film being packed with thrills and action. At the same time, Waked mentions that one funny highlight was reading the comments made by Arab audiences on his pictures with Scarlett, admitting that the witty remarks made him laugh.

   An Unforgettable Experience with George Clooney!

   Talking about his parts in international films and Hollywood productions, Amr admits he feels lucky to have stood facing Academy Award winners such as George Clooney and director Steven Soderbergh, as well as Oscar nominees such as Ewan McGregor, saying that to this day he still performs camera tests when asked.

When asked about his relationship to George Clooney, Waked said they’re still friends and exchange messages, as is the case with all the international stars and celebrities he’s worked with, admitting he was in awe of Clooney the first time he stood facing him during the filming of ‘Syriana’, to the point where he couldn’t believe that he was actually acting with this big star. Now even more so when he realizes he is playing a part with Freeman who he’s admired all his life.

When Will Arab Cinema Reach Hollywood? A Question Waked Knows the Answer to…

   Amr tells us of the difference between cinema in the Arab World and Hollywood productions, saying that there they seek out talent and context and such are not just fixated upon commercial profit, which means that the industry’s aims differ between there and here. On a positive note, Amr adds that the upcoming generation will play a huge part in the evolution of Arab cinema in spite of everyone.

   I Don’t want to be Omar Sharif!

   Amr described internationally acclaimed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif as a valuable role model in terms of his career choices, dismissing that he hoped to be ‘like’ Sharif, insisting that he wants to fulfill his potential as ‘Amr Waked’ instead.