History Main / FakeNationality

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.
9th May '16 8:53:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* David Carradine, who is an American of Cherokee, English, Irish, Italian, Scottish, German, Spanish, Ukrainian and Welsh descent, played the half-Chinese Shaolin Master Kwai Chang Caine in ''KungFu''. Carradine's half-brother Keith portrayed a teenage Caine, while an equally non-Asian Radames Perá played young Caine.

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* David Carradine, who is an American of Cherokee, English, Irish, Italian, Scottish, German, Spanish, Ukrainian and Welsh descent, played the half-Chinese Shaolin Master Kwai Chang Caine in ''KungFu''.''Series/KungFu''. Carradine's half-brother Keith portrayed a teenage Caine, while an equally non-Asian Radames Perá played young Caine.
7th May '16 12:11:05 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', Carmen, who is Mexican and Cuban, is played by the Albanian Masiela Lusha. Her Cuban-American mother Angie is played by Constance Marie, who is Mexican.

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* In ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', Carmen, who is Mexican and Cuban, is played by the Albanian Masiela Lusha. Her Cuban-American mother Angie is played by Constance Marie, who is Mexican.



* ''Series/{{The100}}'' has among others Australian Eliza Taylor as Clarke, Canadian Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia, English Ricky Whittle as Lincoln, and Scottish-Peruvian Henry Ian Cusick as Kane.

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* ''Series/{{The100}}'' ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has among others Australian Eliza Taylor as Clarke, Canadian Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia, English Ricky Whittle as Lincoln, and Scottish-Peruvian Henry Ian Cusick as Kane.
5th Mar '16 5:40:04 PM PaulA
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The most common examples have their own tropes: FakeAmerican, FakeBrit, FakeIrish, FakeScot, FakeRussian, {{Yellowface}}, {{Brownface}}, and FakeMixedRace. See also: {{Fauxreigner}} where the ''character'' is pretending to be a nationality they aren't (or acting more stereotypical than they actually usually do).

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The most common examples have their own tropes: FakeAmerican, FakeAustralian, FakeBrit, FakeIrish, FakeScot, FakeRussian, {{Yellowface}}, {{Brownface}}, and FakeMixedRace. See also: {{Fauxreigner}} where the ''character'' is pretending to be a nationality they aren't (or acting more stereotypical than they actually usually do).
19th Feb '16 5:11:40 PM igordebraga
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** ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' has Colossus actually portrayed as a HuskyRussie instead of the non-specific nationality in the other movies... while played by a Serbian, Stefan Kapicic.
** ''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.



* UsefulNotes/{{South Africa}}n actress Creator/CharlizeTheron has yet to play a South African character; even in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' (which is set in Australia but partly shot in South Africa) she plays an American.

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* UsefulNotes/{{South Africa}}n actress Creator/CharlizeTheron has yet to play a South African character; even in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' (which is set was filmed in Australia but partly shot in South Africa) she plays an American.Australian - albeit with an American accent.
19th Feb '16 4:46:03 PM igordebraga
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* Film example: 1999's ''[[Film/TheMummy1999 The Mummy]]'' is a festival of Fake Nationality. Its Egyptian/Arabic characters include Ardeth Bey (portrayed by Israeli Oded Fehr), professor Terrance Bey (Erick Avari, British-Indian), Gad Hassan (Omid Djalili, British-Iranian), and of course its titular mummy Imhotep, played by Arnold Vosloo (Afrikaner South African) as well as his ancient girlfriend Anck Su Namun (Patricia Velasquez, Venezuelan).
** It gets better: Arab-English Evelyn Carnahan (she states her mother was Egyptian) is played by Jewish-English actress Rachel Weisz. Fehr himself is something of an expert in Fake Nationality, as he also played Saudi terror mastermind Faris Al-Farik in the TV show ''Sleeper Cell''. His character in ''Sleeper Cell'' even lampshades this by pretending to be Jewish, saying many people from the Middle East seem to look alike so he's passed as Iranian, Kurd, Jew, etc.

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* Film example: 1999's ''[[Film/TheMummy1999 The Mummy]]'' is a festival of Fake Nationality. Its Egyptian/Arabic characters include Ardeth Bey (portrayed by Israeli Oded Fehr), professor Terrance Bey (Erick Avari, British-Indian), Gad Hassan (Omid Djalili, British-Iranian), and of course its titular mummy Imhotep, played by Arnold Vosloo (Afrikaner South African) as well as his ancient girlfriend Anck Su Namun (Patricia Velasquez, Venezuelan).
** It gets better: Arab-English Evelyn Carnahan (she states her mother was Egyptian) is played by Jewish-English actress Rachel Weisz.Weisz, and American Rick O'Connell, is played by Canadian Brendan Fraser. Fehr himself is something of an expert in Fake Nationality, as he also played Saudi terror mastermind Faris Al-Farik in the TV show ''Sleeper Cell''. His character in ''Sleeper Cell'' even lampshades this by pretending to be Jewish, saying many people from the Middle East seem to look alike so he's passed as Iranian, Kurd, Jew, etc.



* Creator/SeanConnery has portrayed so many non-Scottish characters [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent (almost all with his own distinctive Scottish accent)]] that there is simply no point in listing them all. Ironically enough, in the one movie he starred in that was at least partially set in Scotland (''Film/{{Highlander}}''), he played an Egyptian. Not only was he an Egyptian, but he was an Egyptian who was pretending to be a Spaniard and had at one point been married to a Japanese princess. Who appeared to be a Scot of course...

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* Creator/SeanConnery This page is illustrated with Creator/SeanConnery, who has portrayed so many non-Scottish characters [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent (almost all with his own distinctive Scottish accent)]] that there is simply no point in listing them all. Ironically enough, in the one movie he starred in that was at least partially set in Scotland (''Film/{{Highlander}}''), he played an Egyptian. Not only was he an Egyptian, but he was an Egyptian who was pretending to be a Spaniard and had at one point been married to a Japanese princess. Who appeared to be a Scot of course...



** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', a portion of the plot revolved around making Connery into a Japanese guy. All they really did was dye his hair black, use eyeliner to fake epicanthic folds, and dress him in a kimono.

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** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', a portion of the plot revolved around making Connery into a Japanese guy. All they really did was dye his hair black, use eyeliner to fake epicanthic folds, and dress him in a kimono. And while Film/JamesBond is English, Creator/IanFleming eventually made him the son of a Scotsman specifically on the account of Connery.



*** There are those ''Film/JamesBond'' movies. Creator/IanFleming retconned Bond to be (part) Scottish specifically on the account of Connery.



** Not true that he's never been without his trademark accent. His first film, ''Film/HerculesInNewYork'' had him billed as "Arnold Strong", and all his lines dubbed by another actor due to his thick accent and poor English. His next role was in ''The Long Goodbye'', where he had no lines at all, playing a deaf-and-mute hitman.

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** Not true that he's never been without his trademark accent. His first film, ''Film/HerculesInNewYork'' had him billed as "Arnold Strong", and all his lines dubbed by another actor due to his thick accent and poor English. (then when the film was re-released to cash on his fame, they erased the SameLanguageDub) His next role was in ''The Long Goodbye'', where he had no lines at all, playing a deaf-and-mute hitman.



*** Except, canonically, Bond is not English. He's Scottish (or, at least half-Scottish)!
*** Actually averted with Creator/SeanConnery. James Bond was born to a Scottish father and a Swiss mother. Ian Fleming actually created this background as a nod to Connery.

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*** Except, canonically, Bond is not English. He's Scottish (or, at least half-Scottish)!
*** Actually averted with Creator/SeanConnery.
Although once Creator/SeanConnery played Bond, Ian Fleming made James Bond was born to a Scottish father and a Swiss mother. Ian Fleming actually created this background as a nod to Connery.mother



* Not to mention ''The Conqueror'', where JohnWayne [[WTHCastingAgency of all people]] played [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Genghis Effing Khan]]!

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* Not to mention ''The Conqueror'', ''Film/TheConqueror'', where JohnWayne [[WTHCastingAgency of all people]] played [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Genghis Effing Khan]]!
5th Feb '16 4:45:02 PM DrOO7
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* ''Literature/TheThornBirds'' miniseries, set in Australia, is rife with this. The only Australian in a major role is Bryan Brown, who played Luke. Meanwhile, Americans and Brits play people from New Zealand (Fee and most of the Cleary children), [[FakeIrish Ireland (Ralph, Paddy, and Mary)]], and Australia (Justine and Dane), while Canadian actor Christopher Plummer plays an Italian cardinal. Adding insult to injury, he's one of only TWO actors to make any effort at [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent at an accent]].

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* ''Literature/TheThornBirds'' miniseries, set in Australia, is rife with this. The only Australian in a major role is Bryan Brown, who played Luke. Meanwhile, Americans and Brits play people from New Zealand (Fee and most of the Cleary children), [[FakeIrish Ireland (Ralph, Paddy, and Mary)]], and Australia (Justine and Dane), and Germany (Rainier), while Canadian actor Christopher Plummer plays an Italian cardinal. Adding insult to injury, he's one of only TWO actors to three of them make any effort at [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent at an accent]].sounding the way they should]].
1st Feb '16 10:02:23 PM Montanto
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* Jean Reno was born in Morocco to Spanish Andalusian parents and is commonly known as a French actor. Apparently, that range has driven producers to see fit to cast him as Italian (in ''Film/TheProfessional''), German (in ''Film/MissionImpossible'') and Belgian (in ''Film/HotelRwanda''). He also played an Italian (Enzo) in ''Film/TheBigBlue'' (which was produced in France).

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* Jean Reno was born in Morocco to Spanish Andalusian parents and is commonly known as a French actor. Apparently, that range has driven producers to see fit to cast him as Italian (in ''Film/TheProfessional''), German (in ''Film/MissionImpossible'') and Belgian (in ''Film/HotelRwanda''). He also played an Italian (Enzo) in ''Film/TheBigBlue'' (which was produced in France). and an Iraqi in the Italian film, ''The Tiger and the Snow''.
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