‘I was cut for being too brown’: Omid Djalili claims she was reduced to a cameo role in rom-com Notting Hill because producers wanted the city’s diverse area to ‘look too white’ wanted.
- Jalili makes an uncredited cameo as a vendor who sells Hugh Grant orange juice that he accidentally spills on Julia Roberts.
- The moment would be the catalyst for Hugh’s unlikely romance with actress Julia, as their characters fall in love.
- But the popular actor claims that he was reduced to a cameo role after being given more lines in the original.
Notting Hill cemented Hugh Grant’s reputation as Britain’s leading man and helped propel property prices in the once run-down corner of west London to those of Mayfair or Belgravia.
Despite this, comedian Omid Djalili has now criticized the smash hit 1999 romantic comedy, claiming that scenes featuring ethnic actors were removed — and his own role was downplayed — to make it ‘ Can be made ‘more white’.
Dajali, who headlined the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May, claims she was reduced to a cameo role after originally being given more lines.
Hitting out: Omid Djalili has criticized the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill, claiming that scenes involving ethnic actors were removed – and their roles reduced – to make it ‘more white’. can go.
She said: ‘Nutting Hill, another film I was cut from for being too brown.
‘Notting Hill was a film where they tried to show the diversity of the Notting Hill area. [a] The producer goes: “We want it to be more white.” So they got rid of everyone.’
In the film, written by Richard Curtis, Dajali, 56, makes an uncredited cameo as a vendor who sells Will, Grant plays the orange juice he accidentally spills on Hollywood star Anna. is, played by Julia Roberts.
Old Time: In the film, Dajali makes an uncredited cameo as a vendor who sells Will, played by Grant, orange juice that he accidentally spills on Anna, played by Julia Roberts.
Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in Notting Hill
The moment would prove to be the catalyst for Heppelsville’s unlikely romance with the American actress, who is visiting West London while filming in the UK.
‘I had some lines that were taken out, so it looked like I was an extra,’ says Jalali, who was born in London to Iranian parents.
‘I just give Hugh Grant orange juice. The only ethnic minority in the film was Sanjeev Bhaskar – he had two lines. But, yes, they unfortunately whitewashed the film.’
Looking back: ‘I had some lines that were taken out, so it felt like I was an extra,’ says Jalali, who was born in London to Iranian parents.
Special moment: Dajali compered the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May.
Speaking on Richard Haring’s Leicester Square Theater podcast, Dajali, whose film credits include roles in Gladiator and The Mummy, adds: ‘I’m not bitter about it. I’m just saying this as a matter of fact.
After the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, he said: ‘I will write different films now. We are all thinking about things in different ways.
‘We have a really impatient young generation who are focusing on things that I’ve never focused on.’
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