Algerian-born Sofia Boutella ‘terrified’ by ‘The Mummy’

Sofia Boutella
Updated 08 June 2017

Algerian-born Sofia Boutella ‘terrified’ by ‘The Mummy’

DAMMAM: Sofia Boutella was scared of “The Mummy” — until she got to know the ancient Egyptian princess intimately.
“I think I was terrified to play a monster,” said the former dancer, who has worked with the likes of Rihanna and Madonna.
The Algerian-born actress’ main concern was being typecast in the role.
“I felt like every time I saw an actor play a monster in a movie, with the exception of Boris Karloff, they hadn’t done much afterwards in terms of their career,” she said.
That is why Boutella said “no” to director Alex Kurtzman the first time he offered her the part.
The actress breaks tradition in the new film as Universal Pictures’ first female Mummy.
Her co-star Tom Cruise said the move to make the antagonist a woman gives the story a “fresh and modern take.” “I thought it really made for a fresh and modern take on it that really leads us in to this new universe. Sofia is beautiful, powerful, terrifying, but very alluring; you want to be with her but then you’re scared of her,” he said.
The Mummy reboot stars Cruise as Nick Morton, a soldier of fortune who awakens vengeful Egyptian aristocrat Ahmanet (Boutella) from a slumber that has lasted thousands of years.


Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

Updated 08 December 2019

Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

MIAMI: The move was bananas ... or maybe the work was just too appealing.
A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.
“Art performance ... hungry artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you, very good.”
A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.
But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.
“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.
A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called “America” that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.
The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.