Baywatch, Egypt

| June 16, 2003

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, there?s Action in Hurghada?an Egyptian television series inspired by America?s Baywatch. Youssef Mansour?the show?s Hasselhoff-esque star and producer?will unite with Hollywood powerbrokers to cast and distribute the series, reports Anna Shepard of Cairo Times. Sylvester Stallone is anticipated to attend this September?s ?castings-cum-beauty contest? at the Red Sea resort of El Houna. While Mansour is excited by the show?s potential to stimulate Egypt?s economy and boost its public profile, many Egyptians are outraged by the overt sexuality of the project. ?Even in the West, Baywatch is looked down upon as a [series with] no artistic or cultural value,? notes Egyptian feminist and activist Sahar Al Mougy. Producers expect to hire Lebanese and Syrian actresses, as they are ?renowned for their more liberal attitudes.?
?Erin Ferdinand

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