(Itzik Cohan with Andrew Scott and Ruth Wilson on the set of “Oslo” and R – A picture by Kevin Thomas L.A.)
Itzik Cohen is a veteran actor, famous celebrity, producer and a very loving renowned theatre personality of Israel. he is one of the most famous personalities from Israel who has earned great respect globally as a professional artist. Itzik Cohen is working in the Israeli TV, Theatre, acting and film industry for the last 25 years. He holds an outstanding career comprehending almost every Genre of challenging acting and show business. From leading performances in the musicals “the king and I”, “Fiddler on the roof”, The Producers” and even as Tracy’s mom in “hair spray” To various tv shows, including singing, dancing and cooking reality shows and triumphant hit movies. His Chamaeleon like expertise qualified him to transform from obtaining a sumo wrestler in the film “a matter of size” to winning the semi-final Of “dancing with the stars “and singing up to the semi-final of “the masked singer” Disguised as a 7 feet tall dragon.
Itzik Cohen made his Breakthrough into the international arena as the iconic captain Ayoub, Ayub of the Netflix hit series “Fauda”. Since then, he also played Alongside Sir Ben Kingsley in the 2019 espionage thriller ״a spider in the web”.
(Image – Captain Ayoub in most famous Israeli web series “Fauda” )
In Israel, we caught Itzik for a chat after he recently finished filming a new Steven Spielberg and HBO production of “Oslo” based on a play that won six Tony awards. Itzik Cohen says that the director of Oslo Bartlet Cher approached him after seeing him in Fauda,” I was amazed that I got a part in such a dream production without even auditioning, he laughs while cooking dinner for his two kids, Daniel-19 and Raphael-9.
Here are a few insights into the exciting interview with this great person –
Question: Mr Itzik Cohen, Are you a real chef in real life? Have you studied this as a subject?
Answer – Mr Itzik Cohen replied, Well, I’ve participated in master chef VIP, Israel, and hosted a few cooking tv shows. I’ve been cooking, baking since I was 10. I rarely use Recipes”. it seems that even when you’re acting, there are no Recipes or prescriptions. Itzik smiles and looks very Baffled: well, that’s a correct observation of my DNA. I am very used to improvise and adlibbing in almost every aspect of my life. Including acting, I like to feel the part as my own, so I add some jokes and my insights to the text while shooting. Thank God I was fortunate enough that the scriptwriters allow me to add texts without killing my character afterwards”, he laughs.
In Fauda, which the 4th season is about to shoot this summer, there was a hilarious situation when one day the guy who does the dabbing for my character to English for Netflix called and told me: listen almost 30% what you’re saying in Fauda isn’t in the script and I know you can improvise in Hebrew But how come you improvised in Arabic you told me you don’t speak Arabic.” I was amazed you don’t speak Arabic, but you speak so fluently as captain Ayub, Ayoub? “Everybody speaks Arabic, but as a matter of fact, in every season of Fauda, I spend many hours learning my Arabic lines memorizing their and over again While adding my own touch to the character by consulting with my Arabic teacher and another member of the cast of fauda, I am not a mercenary on the set I always bring something of my own Using my creativity to bring out the best of me.”
How was it to film “Oslo” such a big international production during Covid?, Of course, it was challenging because every simple thing became complicated, but I felt I was so blessed to filming it in this kind of hectic times that I smiled throw out the whole production. I was so fortunate to work with such enormous talents such as Bartlet Cher, the director, Andrew Scott, whom I adored as Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes and talented Ruth Wilson. I had to pinch myself every morning on set when I realized that my life is it’s so much better than whatever I wished for myself”.
(Itzik Cohan with Sir Ben Kingsley on the set of “A spider in the web” )
Question: Mr Itzik Cohen, what are your dreams?
Answer – Mr Itzik Cohen – “I don’t have dreams, and I believe that dreams are made for people who go to sleep and have enough time to sleep. I believe in the movement and creating my path by expanding my horizon and stretching my abilities. I love to invent my self so that every role I do will be different from the previous one I did, so with my urge to move on and to develop my self I believe ill will conquer new and exciting frontiers.”
Question – We know that this is a tough life as a producer, celebrity and actor; how do you handle stress in real life?
Answer – Mr Itzik Cohen replied without a single thought, Yes, you are right. It is, But I chose this field and was always ready to take on the challenges. Yes, It is a time demanding and stressful routine lifestyle, but when you know a few people who support you and have answers, all the confusions and stress in life help. I have a Mentor, a life coach in my life, his name is Legendary Grand Master Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj Sir, He is acknowledged as the World’s Best Commandos Mentor. He has mentored me as a true Indian Guru and A true Master for me in tough times. He not only guides me in physical fitness, but he also brings out the best practical knowledge and examples from the Indian culture of Mythology. He has always been a solution maker against every tough time and mental stress of mine.
Question – Is there any message for the youth of Israel?
Answer – Mr Itzik Cohen replied, Yes, A few actually, I wish to address my young friends that try these simple but effective methods in real life like – Be what you are, Do not try to be like someone, find some inspirations, have wise mentors in life, be the best version of yourself, take challenges, Stay focused, Stay healthy, stay happy. Do not be afraid of chasing your goals. Do not give up until you succeed. Go and work the hardest possible for your ambition. Do not believe in short cuts and so-called remedies of success.
I really want my young friends to practice the method of gratitude; always remember to be grateful for what you have, be ready to give back to society and humanity by your art, work, profession.
You can watch the showreel of Mr Itzik Cohan here https://vimeo.com/417913342
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Date: Mar 20, 2021 – An article by Ficona Walter, Freelance 88 Writer Team.
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