Omar Sy (born 20 January 1978) is a French film actor, best known for his duo with Fred Testot, Omar et Fred, and for his role in The Intouchables, written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, which became the second highest grossing French film of all time in the French box office. He appeared on Fort Boyard in 2006. He received the César Award for Best Actor on 24 February 2012 for his role in The Intouchables and in doing so also became the first black actor to win the honorary French award. The role also earned him a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Actor.
1. I NEVER PREDICTED THAT I’D BE A COMEDIAN, BUT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT CAME SO NATURALLY TO ME. I JUST FELT GOOD DOING IT.
2. WHEN I WAS YOUNG, A LOT OF THINGS WERE CLOSED OFF TO ME. I WAS ALWAYS TOLD, ‘DON’T DO THIS, YOU CAN’T DO THAT’ – INSTEAD OF STOPPING ME, IT MADE ME THINK, ‘I CAN DO THAT, I MUST DO THAT.’
3. NOTHING IN MY YOUNGER LIFE COULD HAVE TOLD ME I WOULD HAVE NEEDED TO KNOW HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH.
4. PEOPLE ONLY LOOK AT YOU AND SAY, ‘YOU ARE BLACK AND YOU ARE FROM THE BANLIEUE,’ AND ALL THE DOORS ARE CLOSED. I HAD THE DESIRE TO BE SOMETHING ELSE. IF I SEE A DOOR THAT IS A LITTLE OPEN, I WILL FIND A WAY TO GET THROUGH.