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

Shounaz Meky
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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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