Peace out, Turkish actors! Samira Ahmad gives ‘em the boot
Politics is spilling in again to Egypt’s film scene. Now that the Turkish government has taken a stance against that of Egypt’s, actress Samira Ahmad finally has the excuse she need to no longer partner with Turkish actors in her drama "Qalb Umm" (The Heart of a Mother).
The Egyptian actress had already joined sides with the multitude of co-patriot actors that are frustrated with how Turkish soaps are taking over Arab television, but now she has the political backing to make her decision to give them the boot from being in her film.
According to Sayidaty.net, Samira said, "I cannot present a joint Turkish project that has Turkish actors who stand against Egypt. Therefore I have agreed with producer of the drama Safwat Ghatas to overlook the idea of using Turkish actors and substitute them for Arab actors." She added that the male leading actor of the drama has an Egyptian mother, played by Samira herself, who is kidnapped and is taken to Turkey, and for this reason it is not necessary that he be from a Turkish father.
Samira said that at first Egypt was going through different crises and there were strong ties between Egypt and Turkey and she thought it was an opportunity to introduce Egyptian art to Turkey. Now those days are past, and she’s moving on.
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