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Salma Hayek Savors Special Moments During 'The Prophet' Tour of Lebanon

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 29, 2015

Salma Hayek Savors Special Moments During 'The Prophet' Tour of Lebanon

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Salma Hayek recently visited Lebanon, enriching her ancestral ties, championing her new movie and highlighting an author’s work that is so very close to her heart.

Latina’s Maria-Gabriela Molina reports on the 48-year-old Mexican actress who has featured in such movies as “Desperado” and “Frida.”

Her latest work is lending her voice for Kamila in the animated film “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prohet.”

Molina explains, “Hayek is Mexican, but boasts Lebanese roots thanks to her grandfather. Her film The Prophet is based off the book by Khalil Gibran of the same name.”

And it’s those set of poems as well as the rest of the author’s body of work that really motivated Hayek to jump onboard the production.

Here is a video of Hayek in Beirut:

Hayek shares via AFP, “I wanted to put emphasis for the world that there is an Arabic writer who wrote philosophy and poetry and who brought all religions and all the world together.”

Hayek continues on the personal aspect of Gibran’s work: “Through this book I got to know my grandfather. Through this book I got to have my grandfather teaching me about life, and so it’s a very personal movie for me.”

While promoting the movie Hayek has also done a bit of sightseeing, visiting the Gibran museum.

Fox News Latino reports Hayek dropped by the village of Bcharre where she made some statements and posed with one of the artist’s sculptures. She began by saying, “Let us have a private moment in this place that we dreamt so long to be a part of.”

US Magazine reports the emotional trip included a well received visit with Syrian refugees: “Hayek's visit to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley also included visits with aid workers who are providing counseling services and learning activities for the kids.”

A trip to Lebanon to promote a movie has been the perfect opportunity for Hayek to immerse herself in the culture, beauty, triumphs and struggles of her ancestral home.

The trip has been undoubtedly demanding on the presumably exhausted actress. But, as we can glean from the words and smiles, the trip has been a rewarding one. And those are really the best kinds.

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