The recent secretive trip of prominent Egyptian actor Farouq Al Fishawi to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Paris has given rise to numerous rumors regarding the nature of the sudden trip. Many have speculated that Farouq went to Paris to undergo a number of medical tests and wanted to conceal the truth behind his health condition, especially due to the fact that he had recently encountered a deterioration to his health and was admitted to hospital.
According to the London based weekly, Laha, the actor revealed upon to his return that his trip was for mere leisure and that his health is in perfect condition. Farouq stressed that he is not obliged to notify anyone that he intends on going on vacation and that the matter is of no concern to anyone but himself.
On a different note, director Nader Jalal has nominated Farouq for the leading role in the upcoming television drama “Al Malik Farouq” (King Farouq). Al Fishawi was chosen after prominent Egyptian actor Yahia Al Fakharani turned down his nomination, because the role calls for someone of a younger age than he is.
Yahia stressed that he is unable to play the role of King Farouq now, but five years ago he could with the help of a makeup artist. Yahia added that the most important years for the late king were during his twenties and thirties, which is a role he can portray at his current age.