Yusra settles for one fourth of her wages in Anger
Egyptian actress Yusra was on the verge of pulling out of the new film "Al Ghadab" (Anger) by Egyptian director Yousif Shahin, when the managing producer of Shahin's company refused to accept the wage she requested for her role. Yusra had requested a total of 400 thousand Egyptian pounds for her role in the film due to the fact that she has become a prominent actor and is in strong demand.
According to the London based daily, Al Quds Al Arabi, the managing producer was shocked and told her that they cannot afford to even pay half the wage asked. Yusra not willing to settle for less than what she deserved went strait to Yousif Shahin who in turn demanded she return to his managing producer and sign a contract for only 100 thousand Egyptian pounds.
Yusra decided to accept saying that every actor who works with Shahin settles for one quarter of his/her wages, adding that the local and international recognition she will receive from acting in his films is worth more than all the money in the world.
In the film Yusra plays the role of an American woman who falls in love with an Egyptian director. The film's director, Yousuf Shahin, has recently received the needed acceptance from the American Embassy allowing the cast of the film passage to the US to film the remaining scenes.
In the film, Yusra plays the role of an American woman, Angy, who is the lover of an Egyptian film director Yahia. The theme of the film revolves around an Egyptian director who has lived in the United States from the beginning of his film education up to the September 11th attack. It also portrays the relationship the two have and how all of the sudden the life of the director turns into a nightmare during the attacks on the US. At this moment Yahia begins to experience feelings of anger and hate towards his American girlfriend and finds himself hating everything in America. The movie will be shot between France and the US with scenes from Paris, New York, and California.
On a different note, Yusra had recently recovered from a sever case of depression and sadness over the death of Egyptian actor Alaa Wali El Din. The actress had confined herself to her home refusing to leave it under any circumstance.
Yusra was completely destroyed when she heard the news of Alaa's death. It was noted that Alaa, whom Yusra was costarring with in the play "Lama Baba Yenam" (When Father Sleeps), had brought back from his trip to Brazil presents for Yusra and the cast of the play, and was to give them out during the Islamic Eid Al Adha. Fate had it that the presents would never be given by Alaa personally.
Yusra won the prize for best actress after her role in the film al A’sefah (The Thunderstorm) directed by Khaled Yousuf at the Egyptian Oscar Awards but she did not attend the ceremony because she was busy with the play Lamma Baba Yanam (When Dad Sleeps). –Albawaba.com
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