Nicknamed Osama bin Laden due to his resemblance to the late al-Qaeda leader, Abdelaziz Bouyadnaine, 59, is one of the longest-serving extras in Ouarzazate, Morocco. Pictures: Matilde Gattoni

Osama bin Laden and Morocco’s other unsung screen stars wait for next Hollywood payday

A location of choice for blockbuster directors, the desert town of Ouarzazate is home to Hollywood veterans untarnished by the glitz – and fat pay cheques – of Tinseltown. But computer special effects threaten their livelihood

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Nicknamed Osama bin Laden due to his resemblance to the late al-Qaeda leader, Abdelaziz Bouyadnaine, 59, is one of the longest-serving extras in Ouarzazate, Morocco. Pictures: Matilde Gattoni
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Matteo Fagotto

Matteo Fagotto

Matteo Fagotto is an award-winning journalist and writer based in Milan, from where he frequently travels to Africa, Asia and the Middle East to cover social and human rights issues. His works have been published on more than one hundred media outlets worldwide, including TIME, Newsweek, The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, GQ, Wired and Vanity Fair.