Salma Hayek walks the red carpet in Elie Saab at "The Prophet" premiere in Lebanon

Published April 28th, 2015 - 11:54 GMT
The stunning Elie Saab silver dress Hayek wore on the red carpet. (AFP)
The stunning Elie Saab silver dress Hayek wore on the red carpet. (AFP)



Salma Hayek put on a sensational display at the Beirut premiere of her new film The Prophet on Monday night.

The 48-year-old looked exquisite in a floor-sweeping silver gown as she prepared to showcase her new production about the famous poetry works of Kahlil Gibran.

Actress Salma not only voices one of the characters in the enchanting animated tribute, but she also produced the film before leading the red carpet in the late writer's native Lebanon.

The actress may have tipped her toe into the fountain beside Gibran's commemorative statue on Sunday, but it might as well have been a fountain of youth when she stunned in silver on Monday.  

Brunette beauty Salma boasted a blemish-free visage with immaculate make-up and a delighted smile as she sent photographers into a frenzy on the world's stage.

She was petite with her decolletage on show in a belted, plunging number that drew her in neatly at the middle before kicking into an elegant skirt.

As she turned, Salma showed off a full train that followed faithfully behind her, while giving a look at her tight ringlet curls that swept across her bare back.

The new film has been a labour of love for the dedicated Hollywood starlet, who as begun her promotional tour for the movie in the best place possible, the poet's birth place.

The Prophet tells the story of a young girl who finds the voice she lost through her friendship with a poet imprisoned for his ideas.

Salma, who called the film a 'love letter to my heritage', was obviously keen to talk about her work of art when she hit the red carpet.

The actress was seen hushing the crowd as she broke into a speech and even embraced the bustling crowd of reporters waiting to hear her input ahead of the special film preview.

The 48-year-old has been overwhelmed by the support she's received for bringing the masterpiece to the big screen and even shared a picture of the gifts that she had received while visiting Lebanon this week.

On her Instagram page she wrote: 'Thanks to all the people in Lebanon for sending me all these wonderful gifts. Your reputation for generosity is well deserved,' and followed it with the tags 'Lebanon,' 'Family' and 'Gratitude'.

Earlier in the day, Salma brought some flower power to the press conference as she talked more about the masterpiece and the origins of her new film. 

The Prophet will serve as Salma's fifth time in a producer capacity after films such as Frida and The Maldonado Miracle, as well as producing episodes of Ugly Betty, in which she also played a small part between 2006 and 2007.

The film is an adaptation of Gibran's 1923 collection of 26 prose poetry essays by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer. 

Salma lends her voice to the character of Kamila, while Taken actor Liam Neeson will voice Mustafa and John Krasinski is Halim.  

The book, which Salma says is 'about the courage to speak up, to believe you are worth being listened to,' has already sold 100m copies worldwide, despite receiving little publicity.

Salma told The Guardian's G2 magazine recently: 'It's not a religious book, it's poetic and philosophical. 

'It's a book written by an Arabic man,' she continued. 'Which unites all religions. That itself I think is important.' 

The Mexican-American actress posed for photographers next to a poster for The Prophet wearing a blue, white and black floral-print dress featuring a cross-strap back and knee-length skirt.

Salma opted for a bouncy blow dry and towering black heels to complete her chic ensemble. 

It had been an especially big week for the starlet, who also made a pilgrimage to Bcharre, Lebanon on the day before to pay homage to the late philosopher at the dedicated museum.

The sophisticated brunette visited the Khalil Gibran museum which is dedicated to the poet's legacy and whose collection of works is the basis for her new film. 

Gibran is still widely regarded as one of the world's best selling poets.

The manuscripts, original paintings, furniture, personal belongings and private library were recovered from his New York studio in 1932 to be displayed in the Bsharreh museum of his native town.

Its popularity peaked in the 1930s and again in the 1960s when it became the bible of the counter culture. 

Salma proved just how dedicated she was to her charity work and her career when she took time out to visit an informal Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley earlier that weekend.

She was there on behalf of Unicef to raise funds for Syrian refugees and see the children currently living in poor conditions and lacking food.

Salma looked visibly upset as she hugged a young child and a baby during her visit but insisted on getting as close to the underprivileged children as she could, helping them with their art work and smiling as they enjoyed pictures outside the protection centre.

By Becky Freeth

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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