Deep Roy
The Hollywood actor talks about the acting opportunities his physical size has presented.
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2010 10:45 GMT

Watch part two

Actor Deep Roy describes his 30-year career in Hollywood films and the unique opportunities to play diverse characters because of his physical size.

Born in Kenya to a family ancestry tracing back 20-plus generations to the royal Maharajas in India, film and television actor Deep Roy learned to embrace his small stature from a young age.

At 4ft 4in tall, Deep Roy's inspiration to pursue big Hollywood dreams came from finding the creativity in others.

The challenges he has faced in the acting industry have also been great opportunities.

In costume, Deep Roy has played a diverse array characters - from the Oompa Loompas in Tim Burton's adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), to Droopy McCool in Star Wars Episdoe VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).

He says: "To work in costume, it makes you work doubly hard because of the expressions that come along with it."

Deep Roy talks to Riz Khan about his approach to developing each new character, as well as his hopes in Hollywood for the future.

This episode of One on One can be seen from Saturday, June 5, at the following times GMT: Saturday: 0030, 1630; Sunday: 0430, 2330; Monday: 0300, 1230.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.