‘Split’ the difference: Egypt TV series appears to copy Hollywood film poster

In the poster, Abdel Aziz appears to be looking at several pictures of herself in different characters, with the title “Harbana Menha,” a slang Egyptian reference to describe a mentally disturbed person. (Photo courtesy: Synergy)

The poster of a new Egyptian series starring actress Yasmine Abdel Aziz got a slow clap as fans quickly spotted that it looks like a blatant copy of James McAvoy’s latest movie, “Split.”

The Egyptian actress, who is making a comeback to television with the new series to be aired in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, has been at the receiving end of a social media backlash.

In the poster, Abdel Aziz appears to be looking at several pictures of herself in different characters, with the title “Harbana Menha,” a slang Egyptian reference to describe a mentally disturbed person.

The poster showed a strong resemblance to the movie poster of “Split,” released earlier in 2017, which tells the story of the protagonist suffering a multiple-personality disorder.

herbet menha

herbet menha

Social media users in Egypt quickly shared a collage containing both posters, saying there’s “a huge difference between inspiration and plagiarism.”

Previously, many of Abdel Aziz’s films were identified as knock-offs of Hollywood productions.

Her movie “Gawaza Meeri” seemed to be an Arabic version of the 2012 American romantic comedy “This Means War,” while “Dada Doodi” shared eyebrow-raising plot similarities with the famous 2003 comedy “Cheaper by the Dozen.”

 

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