Iranian actress banned from going to Hollywood
According to Iran’s official news agency, a certain Golshifteh Farahani was at Tehran’s airport on her way to the United States to study a new acting offer in Hollywood when she was banned from leaving her country. IRNA’s report this Wednesday quotes an unnamed official as saying the actress “was banned from traveling” the other day. The official didn’t give a reason for the ban.
Farahani was the first Iranian-based actress since the 1979 Islamic Revolution to appear in a Hollywood film when she landed a role in Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies.” The movie is set to be released later this year and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. Iranian artists usually need accreditation from Iran’s Culture Ministry before they can work with foreign agencies.