Magazine article Variety

Lior ASHKENAZI

Magazine article Variety

Lior ASHKENAZI

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INT'L STAR YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLAIM TO FAME

When Israelis think of a sexy male star. chances are they are thinking of lior Ashkenazi. At -13, he has been on the scene for only a decade, land jag his breakthrough it the in Dover Koshashviii's 2001 Late Ma triage (including a now-f animts nine-minute sex scene). after paying Ii is dues 0111 he theater ci eu it. Evtan Fox's 2001! Rilk vu IVater ea lie next. in wli ieh his role as a beautiful but 1)1(1ken Mossad agent secured Ashkena his dues on the thecinematic eros.

THE LANCHANGE(S) LIOR

For Late Marriage, Ashkenazi had to speak Georgian, so he memorized his lines phonetically. In Hello, Goodbye with Gerard Depardieu, he did the same thing with French. Romance languages come easily: He was raised by Turkish immigrants who spoke to him in Ladino, the Spanish-Jewish dialect that flourished among Spanish Jews after the Inquisition.

FULLY COMMITTED

For his role as a scholar of Jewish law in Joseph Cedar's Footnote. …

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