CAIRO — Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi has been hit by international sanctions ever since his refusal to hand over two suspects in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, for trial in the U.S. or Britain.
But that’s not stopping him from going into showbiz. He’s taking on the role of producer in a largely Egyptian-made biopic — and the subject of the film is none other than Col. Kadafi himself.
Kadafi was forced to turn to Egypt for assistance in the production because Libya has no film industry of its own and hence lacks the know-how to turn out such a film.
Egyptian helmer Nader Galal has been tapped to direct, and Egyptian actor Mohi Ismail to play the role of Kadafi. Ismail was a natural choice for the part since he bears a striking resemblance to the younger Kadafi.
Tentative title for the Arabic-lingo film is “The Strings of Desire,” which might sound a little more appropriate for a TV soap opera than the biopic of an Arab ruler. However, the “desire” in the title apparently refers to Kadafi’s oft-proclaimed wish to tear down what he considers the “artificial” barriers between the various Arab states and unify the Arab world.