The actor was very interested in the role of the protagonist!
Lupine is a French Netflix series based on the books of Maurice Leblanc, telling the story of a thief who, inspired by the works of the author and Arsène Lupine (the protagonist of the books), begins to live his own adventures . During his journey, he ends up seeking revenge on the man who trapped his father many years ago.
Recently, French actor Omar Sy (Untouchables, X-Men: Days of Future Past) spoke to the New York Times about his role in the series. According to him, several reasons led him to want to play Assane Diop, the protagonist of the series, but the main one was the impact of Arsène Lupine in French and world pop culture:
“If I were British, I would like James Bond, but since I’m French, I wanted Lupine. He’s fun, smart, he flies, and he’s always surrounded by women. Plus, he’s a character who plays characters. For an actor, that’s the best thing. Honestly it’s something you need to know, it’s part of the culture. Then I connected the dots between the books, the TV series I saw as a kid, and a manga. I became totally addicted to working on “Lupine” ”.
In addition to all of these questions, Sy also talked a bit about how it relates to the idea of fatherhood – which is something very present in the show, both for Assane’s relationship with his father and Assane and his son. According to him, this idea of heredity and inheritance is something very important for the series to work:
“It’s the first time I’ve played this type of father figure, who has a lot of history and personal issues. I am still interested in parenthood. It is not easy and you never know if you are a good or a bad father until your children grow up … The idea of heredity moves me – what do we remember and what have we crossed? For me, this is the true meaning of life, which makes us human.
It should be remembered that the first season of Lupine has 10 episodes and was divided into two parts. The first part, with five episodes, was released on January 8 and has already become a critical and public success, with 94% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. Part 2 is expected to launch later this year.
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