Israeli Actor Igal Naor Wins Award for an Outstanding Portrayal of Saddam Hussein

Last week at the 49th Monte Carlo Television Festival Israeli actor Igal Naor won a Golden Nymph award for Outstanding Actor in the miniseries House Of Saddam. If you haven’t seen this four part HBO/BBC2 co-production, this might be a good time to brush up on your Iraqi history. The miniseries spans 25 years of Saddam Hussein’s rule, starting in the 1979 coup that brought him to power and details the Iraqis’ love and fear for their leader, up to his demise. Igal Naor delivers a brilliant performance, showing the depths of the dictator’s mind, while avoiding making a caricature out of this complex man. Naor, who also played a brilliant role as an Egyptian interrogator in the 2007 film Rendition, proves that the West’s fascination with the Arab world in recent years provides acting opportunities much more significant than the clich├ęd ‘dead terrorist number 3’ roles.
Two other Israeli actors in this production are Makram Khoury as Tariq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Uri Gavriel as “Chemical Ali” Hassan al-Majid, head of Mukhabarat, the Iraqi intelligence Agency.

Here’s a short inside look:

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Just finished watching ‘Taking Chance‘, an HBO film based on the experiences of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl escorting the body of LCpl Chance Phelps back to his hometown from the Iraq War. The film chronicles one of the silent, virtually unseen journeys that takes place every day across America, bearing witness to the fallen and all those who, literally and figuratively, carry them home. A uniquely non-political film about the war in Iraq, the film pays tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in military service.

Here’s the trailer for the film:


This would be
as good a
time as any
to honor
An uncle,
a stranger,
a friend.