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NEWS/Cate Blanchett’s Start in Egyptian Cinema

I am pretty sure the Australian people were so proud to see the Australian actress Cate Blanchett’s winning her second Academy Award this year for her portrayal of Jasmine, the fallen New York socialite in the Woody Allen film "Blue Jasmine." Following how the Egyptian people cheered Cate Blanchett’s Oscar winning on social media, I can assure you that Egyptians are equally proud.

Pictures, videos and the story of how Cate Blanchett started her acting career in Egyptian cinema went viral.

Blanchett’s story with Egyptian cinema goes back to 1990 when she  played extras in the Egyptian boxing movie “Kaboria” (Crabs) starred by the late legendary actor Ahmad Zaki and directed by Khairy Beshara.

In 1990, the 21-year-old Blanchett was travelling the world. When she was forced to leave England because her visa had expired, she decided to visit Egypt. She stayed in a humble hostel called the Oxford in Cairo. Someone asked her if she would like to play an extra in an Egyptian movie as they were searching for someone to play an American pom-pom girl, Egypt Independent reported.

 In an interview last year with Film Society, Blanchett spoke about her experience saying:

“When I was told they were looking for someone to play an American. I said, ‘Well, my father is American; they were paying five Egyptian pounds and a free falafel. I had to play a cheerleader. It was a boxing film. The falafel never came, so I left.”

Blanchett had appeared in a scene dancing to Ahmed Zaki’s famous song: Kaboria. We hope to see more International Films from Cate in the future!

by Dina Shehata


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