Jordanian actor Yasser Al-Masri killed in car crash

Arab audiences know Yasser Al-Masri for his role in bedouin-style TV series 'Namr bin Edwan.' (Promotional shot for Harun-Al-Rashid)
Updated 23 August 2018

Jordanian actor Yasser Al-Masri killed in car crash

  • Al-Masri was transferred to hospital in Jabal Al-Zaitun, in Zarqa
  • Arab audiences knew him for his role in bedouin-style TV series “Namr bin Edwan”

AMMAN: Yasser Al-Masri, a leading Jordanian actor, was killed in a car crash on Thursday night in the Zarqa Governorate, east of Amman.
Al-Masri was transferred to hospital in Jabal Al-Zaitun, in Zarqa, but passed away upon arrival, according to local news reports.
Head of The Jordanian Actors Syndicate, Hussein Al-Khateeb, confirmed Al-Masri had died in the accident in Makkah district in Zarqa.
“With his death the Jordanian art had lost one of its main pillars, who had a significant presence on the local and Arab arenas,” Al-Khateeb said.
Al-Masri was born in Kuwait in 1970, where he attended school. He graduated from the Jordanian Music Academy.
Arab audiences knew him for his role in bedouin-style TV series “Namr bin Edwan” where he played the main role.
He also acted in several Arab TV series in Ramadan 2018, such as “Haroon Al-Rasheed” with Syrian actor Qusay Khouli, and “Amr Waq’ea” with Egyptian actor Kareem Fahmy.


Gerard Butler talks family and high-octane action films

Updated 30 September 2020

Gerard Butler talks family and high-octane action films

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s latest disaster movie offering, “Greenland,” sees humanity threatened by a comet on a collision course with Earth — Arab News sat down with stars Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin to find out more about the high-octane film.

While many disaster movies focus on experts in big-picture attempts to stop the disaster, “Greenland” keeps the stakes personal by following the Garrity family as they journey to find shelter before it’s too late.

“This story is so relatable because this guy, he’s not a Secret Service agent. He’s not a superhero,” Butler said of his character, John Garrity. “He’s just a dad and he’s not even a perfect dad.”

“Greenland” follows the Garrity family as they journey to find shelter before it’s too late. Supplied

As meteorites decimate cities and people give in to panic, the estranged Garrity family grows closer, mirroring Butler’s real-life relationships with his parents, who despite having not seen him in months due to COVID-19 restrictions, are still just as doting as ever. 

“It’s very sweet that they still care and you’re still their little boy,” Butler said, adding that he mined his relationship with his parents for insight on how to play a caring father. “That definitely helped me in the role, to play that father who will do anything in these trying times to try and protect his family in the midst of this craziness.”

The film was directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Supplied

And while their characters were growing closer, the actors formed a tight knit group as well. Co-star Morena Baccarin told Arab News that she coached and comforted the actor playing the family’s young son — Roger Dale Flloyd — and that she and Butler became good friends on set.

“There are days where you’re just so tired and you’re not in the mood or you don’t want to put yourself through the ringer emotionally,” Baccarin — who plays estranged wife Allison Garrity — said, adding “we just could check in with each other and be there for each other and that was really nice.”

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the film has faced repeated delays in the US, but has already hit the big screens in some international markets — including Saudi Arabia and the UAE — where COVID-19 regulations have been amended.