Actor Jamie Foxx
landed in hot water in the Middle East - when he greeted fans with an 'offensive' thumb gesture. The Hollywood action hero arrived in the United Arab Emirates to film his latest movie The Kingdom
making thumbs-up signs to adoring fans.
But the 39-year-old Miami Vice
star was misinterpreted by locals - who took the popular Americanized hand action as a sign of disrespect. It's similar to 'giving the finger' in the West.
He says, "You've got to be careful with things out there - if you stick your thumbs up that means something completely different. So when I first got there I came off the plane and I was like (sticks thumbs up) 'cool, hey guys, this is great!' I was told pretty soon after that not to do it."
Foxx joined co-stars Jennifer Garner
, Chris Cooper
and Jason Bateman
in the capital Abu Dhabi for the Middle Eastern action thriller earlier this year.
-Jamie Foxx Pictures
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)