Sammi Rotibi is an awe-inspiring actor with a wide range of work in both film and television. He has had roles in iconic movies such as Django Unchained and Lord of War. Now, Rotibi gave us the scoop on his latest project, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as some awesome career experiences and tips for up and coming actors.
Cliché: You have an impressive body of work in both film and television. Do you prefer one over the other?
Sammi Rotibi: I like both film and television. There are so many wonderful contents and great shows on TV right now that are amazing. For example: Luther with Idris Alba, Peaky Blinders with Cillian Murphy, and American Crime. I also caught an amazing Norwegian show on Netflix called Occupied. So there are so many great contents out there that I would love to be a part of—internationally as well.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is out now. Can you tell us a little about your role as General Amajagh?
My character is very pivotal in the movie. [If you have not seen it yet] I can tell you it’s an AMAZING ride. Batman going up against Superman! I promise you they hold no punches. Zack Snyder (Director) really went all out for this one. When it’s over, you’re gonna wanna see more! You’re gonna go back and see it again. Real talk!
What are some of your favorite experiences or take-aways from working on this film?
Getting to work with a great director like Zack Snyder, who makes your job easy because he puts you into this world and you just follow. The actors I also worked with, the big sets—it was an awesome crew. Just the experience of it all was massive! I feel really blessed to be a part of it.
You also worked on a film called Broken Vows. When is that going to be released?
The Broken Vows release date is not certain yet, but I know it comes out later this year. I also have a comedy I did with Bruce Willis (our second time working together) called Going Under. It’s HILARIOUS! I play a transvestite named GiGi. It’s directed by Mark and Robb Cullen, and it’s got Jason Momoa, Femke Jansen, and John Goodman in it. It was great fun working on that as well, and it’s my first comedy.
You were also in Django Unchained. I myself am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan. What was it like working with him?
Quentin Tarantino is a maestro! A GENIUS! A true artist—a rebel! He’s one of a kind. He doesn’t conform. He plays by his own rules. I like that—never settle. That’s what being an artist is about. Blaze your own path. Never follow. That’s my motto.
Do you have a favorite actor or actress you’ve worked with?
I have been fortunate to share a screen with every actor and actress that I have worked with.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is just starting out in acting, what would it be?
Are you ready to sell your soul to the devil and expect nothing back? Maybe a little gratification from time to time if you work really hard and dedicate yourself to the craft, with a little bit of luck. Then, WELCOME! Join us!
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Sammi Rotibi Talks ‘Batman v. Superman’ and Zack Snyder: Photographed by Sam Zachrich