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14th Sep '16 11:53:34 PM PaulA
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* BenKingsley, a Brit of Russian Jewish and Kenyan Indian ancestry, has played...

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* BenKingsley, Creator/BenKingsley, a Brit of Russian Jewish and Kenyan Indian ancestry, has played...



** ...the French Georges Meliès in {{Film/Hugo}}.

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** ...the French Georges Meliès in {{Film/Hugo}}.''{{Film/Hugo}}''.



** ''Hugo'' lead actor Creator/AsaButterfield is English and has played [[Literature/TheBoyInTheStripedPajamas a German]], [[Film/{{Hugo}} a Frenchman]] and [[EndersGame an American]] ''before his fifteenth birthday''[[labelnote:*]]Based on filming dates, with ''Ender's'' getting 18 months' post-production[[/labelnote]]. Kid's gunning for Christian Bale's record.

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** ''Hugo'' lead actor Creator/AsaButterfield is English and has played [[Literature/TheBoyInTheStripedPajamas a German]], [[Film/{{Hugo}} a Frenchman]] and [[EndersGame [[Film/EndersGame an American]] ''before his fifteenth birthday''[[labelnote:*]]Based on filming dates, with ''Ender's'' getting 18 months' post-production[[/labelnote]]. Kid's gunning for Christian Bale's record.
4th Sep '16 8:28:01 AM erforce
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** a Viennese psychiatrist in ''What's New, Pussycat?''.

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** a Viennese psychiatrist in ''What's New, Pussycat?''.''Film/WhatsNewPussycat''.



** ...the American playwright Clare Quilty in ''{{Lolita}}'', and the American gardener Chance in ''BeingThere'',
** ...the French [[PinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]],
** ...the Chinese Sidney Wang and FuManchu in the parodies ''Film/MurderByDeath'' and ''The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'', respectively (acknowledging how common this trope was in the days of Asian characters like CharlieChan),

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** ...the American playwright Clare Quilty in ''{{Lolita}}'', ''Film/{{Lolita}}'', and the American gardener Chance in ''BeingThere'',
''Film/BeingThere'',
** ...the French [[PinkPanther [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]],
** ...the Chinese Sidney Wang and FuManchu in the parodies ''Film/MurderByDeath'' and ''The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'', respectively (acknowledging how common this trope was in the days of Asian characters like CharlieChan),Film/CharlieChan),
2nd Sep '16 9:49:21 PM libertydude
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* Dennis Haysbert, an African-American actor known for his roles in ''Series/TwentyFour'' and ''Series/TheUnit'', played the Cuban character Pedro Cerrano in the ''Film/MajorLeague'' movies.
11th Aug '16 12:55:53 PM Morgenthaler
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* ZoeSaldana, who was born in New Jersey and spent her teen years in the Dominican Republic has played:

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* ZoeSaldana, Creator/ZoeSaldana, who was born in New Jersey and spent her teen years in the Dominican Republic has played:



** Colombian Cataleya in ''Colombiana''.
* Let's be sure to mention {{India}}-born British VivienLeigh, whose most memorable roles were as a SouthernBelle in both GoneWithTheWind and AStreetcarNamedDesire. The role of Scarlett O'Hara has also been played by England-born JoanneWhalley.

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** Colombian Cataleya in ''Colombiana''.
''Film/{{Colombiana}}''.
* Let's be sure to mention {{India}}-born UsefulNotes/{{India}}-born British VivienLeigh, whose most memorable roles were as a SouthernBelle in both GoneWithTheWind and AStreetcarNamedDesire. The role of Scarlett O'Hara has also been played by England-born JoanneWhalley.
31st Jul '16 5:07:49 PM DrOO7
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* Creator/PierceBrosnan is so well known for playing Film/JamesBond that many people are surprised to find out he is actually Irish (and not British). Brosnan himself seems to have [[IAmNotSpock gotten tired of this]] and most of his more recent films have him play Irish, or Irish-American, or simply an [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent Irish accented American]]. {{Lampshaded}} in ''After the Sunset'':

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* Creator/PierceBrosnan is so well known for playing Film/JamesBond that many people are surprised to find out he is actually Irish (and not British). Brosnan himself seems to have [[IAmNotSpock gotten tired of this]] and most of his more recent films have him play Irish, or Irish-American, or simply an [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent Irish accented American]]. {{Lampshaded}} in ''After the Sunset'':''Film/AfterTheSunset'':



* The film version of AndrewLloydWebber's ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has this all over the place. It is set in France, and it is assumed that most characters are French. While the Phantom's nationality and family background is never explicitly stated, it can be assumed that he probably wasn't Scottish like his actor Gerard Butler. The British Miranda Richardson plays the French Madame Giry, her daughter Meg is played also by a British actress (PageThreeStunna Jennifer Ellison), Christine Daae, of Swedish descent, is played by the American Emmy Rossum and the Italian diva Carlotta is played by the British Minnie Driver.

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* The 2004 film version of AndrewLloydWebber's ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has this all over the place. It is set in France, and it is assumed that most characters are French. While the Phantom's nationality and family background is never explicitly stated, it can be assumed that he probably wasn't Scottish like his actor Gerard Butler. The British Miranda Richardson plays the French Madame Giry, her daughter Meg is played also by a British actress (PageThreeStunna Jennifer Ellison), Christine Daae, of Swedish descent, is played by the American Emmy Rossum and the Italian diva Carlotta is played by the British Minnie Driver.


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* Creator/JamieBamber, a Londoner of American and Irish ancestry, plays an Australian as the titular ''John Doe: Vigilante''.
31st Jul '16 10:00:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* Gerard Butler, a Scot, as Attila the Hun, who historically would have come from as far East as modern Mongolia, in the dramatized ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259127/ Attila]]''.

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* Gerard Butler, a Scot, as Attila the Hun, who historically would have come from as far East as modern Mongolia, in the dramatized ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259127/ Attila]]''.''Series/{{Attila}}''.
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.
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