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Omar Doom – the “South Asian American” connection in Quentin tarantino’s death proof and Inglorious Basterds.

Posted by Vivek on November 14, 2009 | No Comments

He was PfC Omar Ulmer in Inglourious Basterds, and was also seen in Death Proof. This talented actor and musici an (amongst other creative things), looks forward to now taking on Bollywood. From being the son of a doctor in Pennsylvania, to now making a firm foothold in Hollywood, nothing seems impossible for this multi dimensional artist. Here is a conversation with one of the rising South Asian American talents in Hollywood, Omar Doom (born Omar Makhdoomi). Over to Omar:

A little about yourself and what got you into acting?
Acting is something I’ve always been interested in doing. It’s a hard business to break into though, so I never really thought it to be possible. I studied it here and there, but it wasn’t until I met Quentin Tarantino that I got my first role, playing Nate in his film Death Proof. It was a great introduction to the world of making movies.

On your equation with Quentin? And how did the role for Inglourious Basterds come about?
I didn’t have to audition for Inglourious Basterds as I did for Death Proof. I think Death Proof was my audition for Inglourious Basterds. I actually didn’t know i was going to be cast in the movie until I got a call from Quentin 3 weeks before shooting began. 3 weeks later I had moved to Berlin, Germany and had the most amazing 6 months of my life.

On your upcoming projects?
While I’m looking for the right role for my next film project, I’m working on a solo music album here in Los Angeles. I’m also working on a series of paintings I plan to exhibit later in the year.

Given your South Asian American ethnicity, would Bollywood be of interest to you?
Definitely. I watched a lot of Bollywood films with my family when I was growing up, and a trip to India to work on one sounds like a lot of fun to me.

There are some interesting projects coming out of Bollywood these day too. They seem to be breaking away from the more song and dance oriented films (Not that I don’t enjoy watching those films. I do) and are releasing some more serious thrillers/action movies. I recently saw “A Wednesday” and was very impressed by it.

Films, television or theater, which one appeals to you most and which pushes you most as an actor?
I really love the atmosphere on film sets. There’s an addictive creative energy on film sets, Tarantino’s especially. I definitely prefer it, although I have a great respect for theater. I’d say theater acting is a lot harder than film acting in that you only get one chance to get it right.

Other creative aspects that hold your interest, or you might dabble in the future, eg writing, directing, etc?

Writing and directing actually are interests of mine as well. I have some ideas in my head that I hope to one day bring to the big screen. I learned a lot from watching Quentin Tarantino make a movie from beginning to end too. I see him as more of an artist than a filmmaker. I think he approaches making a movie like a painter approaches his canvas, the way he uses composition to frame his pictures and in his usage of color. He has a master plan in his mind, but travels a long and unpredictable road to get to the finished product. Being the captain of the ship is a tremendous task to undertake, but it’s something I’d like to tackle someday.

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