Friday, February 24, 2012
By: Vickie J. Rubinson
With only two days to go before the Oscar ceremonies, one of the stars of the Israeli film "Footnote," which will battle it out this year in hopes of taking home a statue for Best Foreign Film is admitting to some butterflies.
"It would be a huge surprise if we win and it's very important to remain humble at this stage," Shlomo Bar-Aba, a legendary Israeli comedian and one of the film's leading men, told Israel Hayom newspaper. Bar-Aba arrived at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday morning in preparation for the star-studded ceremony that will take place this Sunday night.
"I admit I'm not doing a very good job dealing with everything and I feel almost like this some big practical joke," said Bar-Aba. "Camera crews from all the TV stations accompanied me to the airport, like some sort of prince. I'm a little embarrassed by the whole situation. It feels like representing Israel at the Olympics and people will be mad if I come home without a medal."
Bar-Aba knows that in just 48 hours he will walk the Kodak Theater's red carpet shoulder to shoulder with some of the world's biggest film stars, but said that the reality has yet to sink in. "This whole thing feels like some sort of hallucination. I need to stop myself from taking out my camera and asking to take photos with everyone."