Director Nader Jalal has nominated prominent Egyptian actor Farouq Al Fishwai 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.
The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Egyptian Media City had given its approval to produce the film, which was written by his Lamis Jabir five years ago , and will pay all the expenses.
Recently, Al Fishawi refuses to be part of the movie "Amarit Ya’qubian" "Ya’qubian’s Building." The story is written by the novelist Ala’ Al Aswani. The movies is starting famous Egyptian actors; the comedian Adel Iman, the powerful Nour El Sharif, Laila Ilwi, Ahmad Ratib, Hind Sabri, and Jihan Qamari.
Fishawi’s refusal came few days before the beginning of the filming. Fishawi refused his role as a homosexual journalist because he did not want the role to affect his image. He wanted to improve his role in the film to fit the modern society that we live in, since the film crosses some courageous ideas.
Homosexuality is still a sensitive topic in the Egyptian cinema. Many producer came across it; however, it was used as a comedy not a serious issue. The famous comedian Adel Imam criticize Fishawi for his refusal. Imam believes that such have no affect on the actor as a person and the two shouldn’t be associated. Imam emphasized that acting is just a job.