History Main / FakeNationality

7th Dec '17 12:39:36 AM jormis29
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** Don't forget the Italian-American John Turturro playing a Palestinian terrorist.

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** Don't forget the Italian-American John Turturro Creator/JohnTurturro playing a Palestinian terrorist.
24th Nov '17 10:00:10 AM nombretomado
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* The early '80s film ''Film/NightCrossing'', about a family that escaped EastGermany by balloon, featured British actors in the main adult roles, Americans as the kids, and Germans in practically every other role.

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* The early '80s film ''Film/NightCrossing'', about a family that escaped EastGermany UsefulNotes/EastGermany by balloon, featured British actors in the main adult roles, Americans as the kids, and Germans in practically every other role.
7th Nov '17 4:16:04 PM Malady
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* The TrueJackson movie has an actor sloppily juggling an American and Scottish accent...while playing a Frenchman.
* ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' features Amita Ramanujan - a Tamil character played by a Rajput actress. More egregious than it sounds, since the two groups look significantly different.

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* The TrueJackson Series/TrueJacksonVP movie has an actor sloppily juggling an American and Scottish accent...while playing a Frenchman.
* ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' ''Series/Numb3rs'' features Amita Ramanujan - a Tamil character played by a Rajput actress. More egregious than it sounds, since the two groups look significantly different.
7th Nov '17 7:07:24 AM WaterBlap
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[-[[caption-width-right:320:Clockwise from top right: Egyptian (dressed as a Spaniard), Irish, [[NoTrueScotsman A True Scotsman]] and [[PaperThinDisguise Japanese]] Film/JamesBond.[[note]]Film/{{Highlander}}, Film/TheUntouchables, Film/TheAvengers1998, Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice[[/note]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:320:Clockwise from top right: Egyptian (dressed as a Spaniard), Irish, [[NoTrueScotsman A True Scotsman]] Scottish, and [[PaperThinDisguise Japanese]] Film/JamesBond.[[note]]Film/{{Highlander}}, Film/TheUntouchables, Film/TheAvengers1998, Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice[[/note]]]]-]
31st Oct '17 3:09:35 AM jormis29
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** [[FakeAmerican American]] - ''Pushing Tin'', ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'', ''[[Film/TheGift2000 The Gift]]'', ''Film/{{Bandits}}'', ''The Shipping News'', ''Film/TheMissing'', ''Film/TheAviator'', ''Film/{{Babel}}'', ''Film/ImNotThere'', ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'', ''Film/{{Hanna}}'', ''Film/BlueJasmine'', ''Knight of Cups'', ''Film/{{Carol}}'' and ''Film/{{Truth}}''

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** [[FakeAmerican American]] - ''Pushing Tin'', ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'', ''[[Film/TheGift2000 The Gift]]'', ''Film/{{Bandits}}'', ''The Shipping News'', ''Film/TheShippingNews'', ''Film/TheMissing'', ''Film/TheAviator'', ''Film/{{Babel}}'', ''Film/ImNotThere'', ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'', ''Film/{{Hanna}}'', ''Film/BlueJasmine'', ''Knight of Cups'', ''Film/{{Carol}}'' and ''Film/{{Truth}}''
28th Oct '17 10:30:43 PM luisedgarf
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* Bizarrely enough, in the Russian wrestling promotion Northern Storm Wrestling (NSW), there's a Russian wrestler named "Antonio, El Campeon del Pueblo" (Real name: Anton Deryabin), playing a ''Puerto Rican'', and looking like a Russian {{Expy}} of Mexico's Blue Demon with a few extra pounds, and speaking Spanish with a odd mix of Russian and Mexican accent.
16th Oct '17 8:16:54 AM igordebraga
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* 1999's 'Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' 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). ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' adds in Film/TheScorpionKing, played by Creator/DwayneJohnson (Polynesian-American).

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* 1999's 'Film/{{The ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' 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). ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' adds in Film/TheScorpionKing, played by Creator/DwayneJohnson (Polynesian-American).



* Rade Serbedzija's international career has consisted of playing all kinds of fake nationalities, usually Russians (''Film/TheSaint1997'', ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'', ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', ''Film/SpaceCowboys'', ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''), but he's also played a Czech (''Film/{{Duet}}''), a Greek (''Film/TheTruce''), and an Italian (''Film/{{Stigmata}}''). He's actually Croatian.

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* Rade Serbedzija's international career has consisted of playing all kinds of fake nationalities, usually Russians (''Film/TheSaint1997'', ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'', ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', ''Film/SpaceCowboys'', ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''), but he's also played a Czech (''Film/{{Duet}}''), a Greek (''Film/TheTruce''), an Albanian (''Film/Taken2'') and an Italian (''Film/{{Stigmata}}''). He's actually Croatian.



** ''Film/TheNewMutants'' has Brazilian Alice Braga as the American of Puerto Rican descent Cecilia Reyes.



* 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 Creator/JohnnyDepp (''Tonto'') and Noah Ringer (''Film/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 Creator/JohnnyDepp (''Tonto'') (Tonto in ''Film/TheLoneRanger'') and Noah Ringer (''Film/TheLastAirbender'').


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* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is full of FakeAmerican, Iranian-born American Shaun Toub as the Afghan [[Film/IronMan Yinsen]], Thor played by an Australian pulling off a British accent, and cases from two fictional countries:
** [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Sokovia]] ([[{{Ruritania}} Eastern Europe]]): Elizabeth Olsen (American), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (British), Daniel Bruhl (German)
** [[Film/BlackPanther Wakanda]] ([[{{Bulungi}} Southern Africa]]): Chadwick Boseman (American of Western African descent), Lupita Nyong'o (Mexican of Eastern African descent), Daniel Kaluuya (British of Central African descent), Letitia Wright (Guyanese-British), Forest Whitaker (British), Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan (both Americans). Averted with the South African John Kani, who even taught the accent Boseman should use, and the Zimbabwean-American Danai Gurira.
11th Oct '17 5:41:19 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' is another such festival of Fake Nationality, mostly of [[FakeAmerican British actors pretending to be American]], such as Creator/ChristianBale, Creator/GaryOldman, and Tom Wilkinson. Others Fake Americans include Irishmen Creator/CillianMurphy and Creator/LiamNeeson (note: it was never stated Ducard was American, but Neeson uses an American accent), Dutch Rutger Hauer, and Australians Creator/HeathLedger and Ben Mendelssohn. In fact, the only actual principal American actors on set were Creator/MorganFreeman, Katie Holmes, MaggieGyllenhaal and Aaron Eckhart. Singaporean Chinese actor Chin Han played the Chinese Lau, and French actress Beatric Rosen pulled a FakeRussian as Natascha, prima ballerina of the Moscow Ballet.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' is another such festival of Fake Nationality, mostly of [[FakeAmerican British actors pretending to be American]], such as Creator/ChristianBale, Creator/GaryOldman, and Tom Wilkinson. Others Fake Americans include Irishmen Creator/CillianMurphy and Creator/LiamNeeson (note: it was never stated Ducard was American, but Neeson uses an American accent), Dutch Rutger Hauer, and Australians Creator/HeathLedger and Ben Mendelssohn. In fact, the only actual principal American actors on set were Creator/MorganFreeman, Katie Holmes, MaggieGyllenhaal Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal and Aaron Eckhart. Singaporean Chinese actor Chin Han played the Chinese Lau, and French actress Beatric Rosen pulled a FakeRussian as Natascha, prima ballerina of the Moscow Ballet.
22nd Sep '17 5:36:45 AM jormis29
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* Controversy surrounded ''Theatre/MissSaigon'' when it was being transported to Broadway after a successful run in London. The Actor's Equity Association would not allow Jonathan Pryce, who had created the role of [[HonestJohnsDealership The Engineer]] in London, to play the role on Broadway. According to them, allowing Pryce, a white man, made up to look like an Asian in the show, would be an affront to Asian actors. A counterargument was that the Engineer is of mixed descent (French-Vietnamese), and Pryce was being discriminated against for being white. After pressure from Cameron Mackintosh, the producer, the general public, and its own members, the AEA relented and Jonathan Pryce was allowed to recreate his role on Broadway. A controversy also sprung up related to Lea Salonga, the female lead, but it was not racially related.

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* Controversy surrounded ''Theatre/MissSaigon'' when it was being transported to Broadway after a successful run in London. The Actor's Equity Association would not allow Jonathan Pryce, who had created the role of [[HonestJohnsDealership The Engineer]] in London, to play the role on Broadway. According to them, allowing Pryce, a white man, made up to look like an Asian in the show, would be an affront to Asian actors. A counterargument was that the Engineer is of mixed descent (French-Vietnamese), and Pryce was being discriminated against for being white. After pressure from Cameron Mackintosh, the producer, the general public, and its own members, the AEA relented and Jonathan Pryce was allowed to recreate his role on Broadway. A controversy also sprung up related to Lea Salonga, Creator/LeaSalonga, the female lead, but it was not racially related.



** And of course, Lea Salonga, who is Filipina, has been cast as Vietnamese (''Theatre/MissSaigon''), French (''Theatre/LesMiserables''), Chinese (''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', ''Literature/FlowerDrumSong''), and Arab (''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'').

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** And of course, Lea Salonga, Creator/LeaSalonga, who is Filipina, has been cast as Vietnamese (''Theatre/MissSaigon''), French (''Theatre/LesMiserables''), Chinese (''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', ''Literature/FlowerDrumSong''), and Arab (''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'').
16th Sep '17 4:19:00 AM Doug86
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* On ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', the white MarkSheppard plays Graham Tanaka, a white FBI agent with an Asian last name.

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* On ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', the white MarkSheppard Creator/MarkSheppard plays Graham Tanaka, a white FBI agent with an Asian last name.
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