Actor Changed His Name From Jihad To Jay And Now He’s Starring With Tom Hanks

Jay Abdo is an unassuming 51-year-old with a bald head, a trim grey beard and a watchful ebullience, like a man who’s been released from imprisonment but can’t quite believe he’s free. This Syrian has a friendly face, which is recognized by tens of millions of people. Recently, he found himself working in Morocco with Nicole Kidman and it was Abdo, not the Hollywood star, who brought the Marrakech souk to a standstill. That’s an impressive achievement when you consider that last year he was earning his living as a pizza delivery-man in Los Angeles. He’s also done “A Hologram for the King,” based on the Dave Eggers book, with Tom Hanks. More details here.

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