CAIRO, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Hollywood's superstar Will Smith expressed on Sunday his fascination with the Sphinx at the plateau of Egypt's Pyramids of Giza during a tourist visit to the north African country, accompanying Egyptian archaeologist and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass told Xinhua.
"He asked me how was the Sphinx carved by ancient Egyptians and I told him it was a huge piece of limestone dating back to 4,500 years," the archaeologist told Xinhua over the phone, noting he explained to the American movie star that the Sphinx was sculpted in a way to resemble the face of King Khafre of the second largest Pyramid with a lion's body.
He continued that the actor and his family were so happy and they greatly enjoyed the visit and took several photos, adding that he was asked to accompany them during their visit to Luxor next year.
Smith arrived with his family in Cairo earlier on Sunday coming from Morocco for a tourist visit according to Egypt's official MENA news agency.
"Smith said that when he was a child he wished to become an Egyptologist," MENA quoted archaeologist and Egyptologist Ashraf Mohie El-Din, the official in charge of the Pyramids plateau who also accompanied the Hollywood star during the visit, as saying.