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23rd Jul '16 3:33:31 AM Thunderchin
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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', there is not a single character who is of the same nationality as their voice actor. The Australian Sniper is actually American, the German Medic is actually a Brit, and so on. This was done on purpose, to make the characters' accents sound stereotypically exaggerated.

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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', there is not a single character who is of the same nationality as their voice actor. The Australian Sniper is actually American, the German Medic is actually [[Creator/RobinAtkinDownes a Brit, Brit]], and so on. This was done on purpose, to make the characters' accents sound stereotypically exaggerated.exaggerated.
** The Scout and Engineer are both Americans voiced by Americans, but both actors are from different parts of the US than their characters. The Californian Nathan Vetterlein voices the Scout, a Bostonian trying to pretend to be a New Yorker, for example.
** Who knows where the Pyro is from, anyways?
* Speaking of the British Creator/RobinAtkinDownes, he also voiced the Russian [[MissionControl Nikolai]] in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3''.
8th Jul '16 8:29:07 PM Adept
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* Pick an old Western with Indians in it. Any of them. Mostly portrayed by Jews and Italians in brownface, for the characteristic plains Indian big nose (this also leads to unusual [[http://screenshadowsgroup.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/1978-16780.gif blue-eyed Indian]], such as the one from ''Film/TheSearchers''). More recently, Asian actors have had such roles, as evidenced by ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf''. At the same time, white actors have claimed indigenous ancestry to make it seem "less racist" that they're playing nonwhite characters. Examples include JohnnyDepp (''Tonto'') and Noah Ringer (''TheLastAirbender'').

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* Pick an old Western with Indians in it. Any of them. Mostly portrayed by Jews and Italians in brownface, for the characteristic plains Indian big nose (this also leads to unusual [[http://screenshadowsgroup.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/1978-16780.gif blue-eyed Indian]], such as the one from ''Film/TheSearchers''). More recently, Asian actors have had such roles, as evidenced by ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf''. At the same time, white actors have claimed indigenous ancestry to make it seem "less racist" that they're playing nonwhite characters. Examples include JohnnyDepp (''Tonto'') and Noah Ringer (''TheLastAirbender'').(''Film/TheLastAirbender'').
26th Jun '16 12:23:26 PM MagBas
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* In the SoBadItsHorrible 1989 movie ''Hellgate'', set in California but shot in South Africa, Ron Palillo is the only actual American in the cast.

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* In the SoBadItsHorrible 1989 movie ''Hellgate'', set in California but shot in South Africa, Ron Palillo is the only actual American in the cast.
21st Jun '16 12:29:47 PM 10-13-2
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* Creator/BradPitt played something in ''Film/{{Snatch}}''. It was originally meant to be steretypical East End cockney, but Pitt apparently sounded like the legendary Dick Van Dyke. So instead he put on something approximating Irish to portray a "pikey", i.e. FunnyForeigner stereotype of an {{UsefulNotes/Irish Traveller|s}}.

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* Creator/BradPitt played something in ''Film/{{Snatch}}''. It was originally meant to be steretypical stereotypical East End cockney, but Pitt apparently sounded like the legendary Dick Van Dyke. So instead he put on something approximating Irish to portray a "pikey", i.e. FunnyForeigner stereotype of an {{UsefulNotes/Irish Traveller|s}}.



** Also, we can't know that the Joker is American; nothing is solid about his past.
** The third film retcons Ducard as vaguely Middle Eastern, though he doesn't look the part. It's also possible he was simply an American in the employ of the warlord. [[spoiler:And his daughter is played by a Frenchwoman who passes as FakeAmerican.]] And from the same place comes Bane, played by a Brit.

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** Also, we can't know that the Joker is American; nothing is solid about his past.
past. A wanted poster [[FreezeFrameBonus seen very briefly]] in [[Film/{{Batman}} the 1989 film]] reveals that he was born in Brooklyn, New York, but that depiction is no longer canon (and, by many fans, has ''never'' been considered canon).
** The third film retcons Ducard as vaguely Middle Eastern, though he doesn't look the part. It's also possible he was simply an American in the employ of the warlord. [[spoiler:And his daughter is played by a Frenchwoman who passes as FakeAmerican.]] And from the same place comes Bane, Bane (half-British and half-Latin American in the comics), played by a Brit.
21st Jun '16 12:21:00 PM 10-13-2
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* Films [[BibleTimes based on]] Literature/TheBible tend not to have Middle Eastern actors, at least for the lead roles.

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* Films [[BibleTimes based on]] Literature/TheBible tend not to have Middle Eastern actors, at least for the lead roles. This is probably because most Christians and Jews are non-Middle Eastern, and people expect to see their spiritual forebears portrayed as if they were their ethnic forebears too.
14th Jun '16 5:47:04 AM aishwarya
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* In ''Film/TheQuietAmerican'' (1958), the Vietnamese heroine, Phuong, is played by Italian actress Giorgia Moll, and her sister by reputedly Algerian (possibly French) actress Kerima.
** {{Averted}} for the Caucasian male leads, as the British Thomas Fowler, American Alden Pyle and French Vigot are played by Creator/MichaelRedgrave, Creator/AudieMurphy and Claude Dauphin respectively.
28th May '16 5:40:17 PM DesertDragon
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** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' has Apocalypse now played by the Guatemalan Oscar Isaac, an Australian as Nightcrawler, another American as a young Storm, and two Brits as the Americans Jean Grey and Angel. ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}, who is British (though in the comics, [[FreakyFridayFlip in a Japanese body]]), is played by the American Olivia Munn.

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** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' has Apocalypse now played by the Guatemalan Guatemalan-American Oscar Isaac, an Australian as Nightcrawler, another American as a young Storm, and two Brits as the Americans Jean Grey and Angel. Angel.
** Despite the multiple British actors playing American characters throughout the X-Men movies, ironically the one British X-Man,
ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}, who is British (though in the comics, [[FreakyFridayFlip in a Japanese body]]), is has only been played by the American actresses: Meiling Meloncon in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' and Olivia Munn.Munn in ''Apocalpse''.
22nd May '16 4:32:20 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* Films [[BibleTimes based on]] ''Literature/TheBible'' tend not to have Middle Eastern actors, especially for the lead roles.

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* Films [[BibleTimes based on]] ''Literature/TheBible'' Literature/TheBible tend not to have Middle Eastern actors, especially at least for the lead roles.
22nd May '16 4:31:43 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* Films [[BibleTimes based on]] ''Literature/TheBible'' tend not to have Middle Eastern actors, especially for the lead roles.
22nd May '16 2:40:54 AM Cindylover1969
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* In 1979's ''[[ExactlyWhatIt SaysOnTheTin Arabian Edventure]], is even more lacking in actual Arabs in main (or any) roles than ''Film/PersiaTheSandsOfTime'', with the likes of Milo O'Shea, Creator/ChristopherLee, Creator/PterChushing (!) Oliver Tobias, Emma Samms, Mickey Rooney (!!), Shane "Scott Tracy" Rimmer, freaking John Ratzenberger in the cast.
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