Video of Tom Hanks dining in a Cairo restaurant goes viral

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Apr 2023

A video depicting American actor Tom Hanks dining with his wife Rita Wilson in an up-scale restaurant in the Zamalek district in the Egyptian capital went viral.

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks arrives at the premiere of Finch on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. Hanks will help launch a new era of Cleveland baseball. The Oscar-winning actor will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Guardians home opener against the San Francisco Giants on April 15, 2022. (Photo: AP)


The short video, which was released on Instagram by a user named Youssef Shahid, shows the two-times Oscars winner, dining with his wife in Abou El Sid, which serves traditional Egyptian food.

Social media users shared the video widely.

Director of the National Cinema Center Karim Abdel-Aziz said in a statement that "the purpose of Hanks' visit was to help boost tourism in Egypt," but did not provide details.

This is not the first time for Hanks, 66, to visit Egypt. 

In a highly publicised visit in 2014, Hanks, who is very popular among Egyptians, shot scenes in Hurghada on the Red Sea for his comedy-drama A Hologram for the King, which was directed and co-scored by Tom Tykwer.

His latest work A Man Called Otto (2023) is screening in theatres around the world.

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