An Egyptian star of George Clooney's Middle East movie SYRIANA has praised Hollywood's take on the regions problems.

Amr Waked plays a suicide bomber recruiter in the political thriller.

He says Hollywood has been "very courageous, but has many steps to take before they tell the truth of the Middle East for real."

Waked admits he was initially reluctant to take on the role, but became convinced director Stephen Gaghan's effort would be authentic.

He adds, "Stephen (Gaghan) is trying to show how humans are victims of the system. The human being is a victim of the system and the system is malicious."