Is Tamer Hosny a Liar?

Published August 17th, 2017 - 11:36 GMT
Tamer Hosny. (Twitter)
Tamer Hosny. (Twitter)

Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny has defended himself from accusations that he “faked” his handprints at in Hollywood.

Earlier, Hosny had published images of himself imprinting hands at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, an honour shared by Hollywood’s greatest icons, from Al Pacino to Marilyn Monroe.

Hosny’s Hollywood visit had taken place to promote his film Goodnight (“Tosbeh ala Kheir”), the first Egyptian film ever to screen in Hollywood. Hosny returned to Egypt to loud acclaim, as he had ostensibly become the first Arab actor ever to earn a place on the theatre’s forecourt.

But rumours began spreading that the handprint ceremony was a publicity stunt organized by a magazine to support Goodnight. Egyptian actor Sayed Badreya revealed that he could not locate the handprints at the theatre, either, during a visit.

This forced Hosny to release a statement from the theatre, which clarified that he had, indeed, imprinted his hands on cement, but that the imprints would be removed after the ceremony.

This is not unusual, as Grauman's Chinese Theatre does allow temporary imprints when promoting a project or when the imprints are from fictional characters, such as R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars.

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