Mohammad Subhi denies signing contract with former Iraqi President
Egyptian prominent actor Mohammad Subhi has denied recent circulating rumors that he had signed an oil contract with the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to perform his famous play “Mother America” for oil. The actor stressed that he had performed his play in Iraq for the sake of the Iraqi people and not the regime.
According to the London based daily, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Mohammad added that he never accepted an offer to star in a new television drama series that tackles the life of the former Iraqi president. The actor revealed that it is not in his power to play the role of actual life figures and its not his specialty. He added that if he were to star in a work about an important figure, it would have to be about someone who has been deceased for at least 50 years. This is so due to the fact that this time span allows one to get all the facts straight or else many political and social dilemmas will occur.
The last work Subhi acted in was the Ramadan drama series “Faris Bila Jawad” (Knight Without a Horse) over a year ago, which caused an uproar around the Arab and Western world. Top Israeli officials had harshly criticized the Egyptian government for giving the go ahead to airing the series, which is based on the book "Protocols of the Elders of Zion".
Countless efforts were made by Jewish lobbyist to cancel the drama, but members of the Media and Culture Committee at the Egyptian Parliament declined their demand, saying that no party has the right to ask for such action. The drama caused such uproar due to the issues it tackled and exposed. Among the issues tackled in the series is the Zionist conspiracy to establish a Jewish state that extends from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates in Iraq.
The Egyptian TV adapted the book into a series with the participation of 200 actors and actresses. The Egyptian star Mohammed Subhi takes the leading role in the 30-episode series and plays nine different characters, which depict Egyptian historical, social and political profiles since the Danshuwai incident in 1906.
The series, written by Mohammed Subhi and Mohammed Baghdadi, and directed by Ahmed Badriddin, also starred Egyptians Simon, Hanaa al Shorbagi, Gamil Rateb, Ashraf Abdel Ghafour, Khalil Murcy and Randa as well as other actors from Syria and Lebanon. - Albawaba.com
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