Updated 04:02 AM EDT, Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Salma Hayek Visits Ancestral Home Lebanon to Promote Upcoming Film 'The Prophet'

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Salma Hayek paid a visit to her ancestral homeland as part of the promotion of her upcoming film titled "The Prophet."

On Sunday, the movie star went to the picturesque mountain village of Bcharre in northern Lebanon to honor the Khalil Gibran museum made for the Lebanese-born poet who wrote "The Prophet," which Hayek's flick was based on, Daily Mail reported.

The 48-year-old actress, who has Mexican and Lebanese blood, dipped her toes into a fountain located beside the statue of Gibran and sung the Mexican national anthem outside of the museum, Daily Mail added. Hayek also posed for pictures with one of the late poet's tall statues, visited Gibran's tomb, and took a look at his collection of works, Al Arabiya News wrote.

"The Prophet" is based on Gibran's 1923 collection of 26 prose poetry essays, Daily Mail noted. The poems included in the book focused on love, joy, sorrow, work and spirituality themes, and has been translated into 40 languages, Al Arabiya News added. Aside from poetry, Gibran also practiced sculpture and painting inspired by the English Romantics.

The animated flick's official April 30 release date in Beirut, Lebanon will feature Hayek, the producer and director of the movie, as the voice behind the character Kamila. It was announced last month that the film will be released in the United States on August 27 in Los Angeles and New York, Step Feed reported.

Aside from Hayek, "The Prophet" also stars Liam Neeson as Mustafa, John Krasinski as Halim, Alfred Molina as Sergeant, Quvenzhané Wallis as Almitra, and Frank Langella as Pasha, the news outlet wrote.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hayek shared that "being of Lebanese descent, I'm particularly proud to be part of a project that will present this masterpiece to new generations, in a way never seen before."

Speaking to The Guardian's G2 magazine about Gibran's book, Hayek said that "The Prophet" is "not a religious book," but a "poetic" and "philosophical" one that "unites all religions," Daily Mail wrote. The book, which has sold 100 million copies worldwide without huge publicity, was also "about the courage to speak up, to believe you are worth being listened to," the Mexican actress explained.

Joining Hayek in her Lebanon visit was "The Prophet" director Roger Allers, who also helmed Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," Al Arabiya News reported. The film centers on the friendship between a young girl and an imprisoned poet.

"I have been living with the spirit of Gibran for the last three years and it has been a very intimate experience and now to come to his home is very moving," Allers said, as quoted by the news outlet.

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