Gal Gadot, the gorgeous model turned actress that portrays Amazonian super heroine “Wonder Woman,” is an Israeli citizen. While that fact doesn’t play into her role, the government of Lebanon has reportedly banned the new “Wonder Woman” movie because of Gadot’s nationality.
Mere hours before its scheduled premiere in Beirut, Lebanon’s movie theaters halted it’s release, although some Lebanese fans narrowly avoided the ban when they screened the film at a sneak preview Tuesday night.
Reportedly, the problem stems from the fact that Lebanon is in conflict with neighboring Israel. Ms. Gadot served her mandatory enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), a requirement for Israeli citizens.
In fact, her experience as an IDF combat trainer helped launch her career. In 2009’s “Fast and Furious,” Gadot played the role Gisele, a strong female character who wasn’t afraid to “throw down.”
The ban isn’t likely to have financial implications for the Warner Bros. picture. The comic-based action movie would have only been shown on 15 screens in Lebanon. Elsewhere, the film is highly anticipated by men and women and expected to do well in the U.S. and around the globe.
“Wonder Woman” is still set to premiere in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar on June 1, as well as Oman on June 22 and Bahrain on June 29.
The film also caused controversy in the U.S. when one movie theater banned men from attending its premiere.
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