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15th Apr '17 6:10:43 PM nombretomado
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* SoundHorizon usually does this for their live shows out of necessity. The band is Japanese, but almost all of the RockOpera albums are set outside of East Asia (Ancient Greece, 14th century Germany, France, etc). Obviously, it's rather difficult to find German or French performers that can sing live in fluent Japanese, so Japanese people playing Westerners it is.

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* SoundHorizon Music/SoundHorizon usually does this for their live shows out of necessity. The band is Japanese, but almost all of the RockOpera albums are set outside of East Asia (Ancient Greece, 14th century Germany, France, etc). Obviously, it's rather difficult to find German or French performers that can sing live in fluent Japanese, so Japanese people playing Westerners it is.
9th Apr '17 3:38:41 AM Jamster93
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* Sheila from ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' is voiced by British actress Edita Brychta speaking with an Australian accent
9th Apr '17 12:41:19 AM PF_Fan
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* Creator/CateBlanchett has only played her real nationality (Australian) a handful of times in her whole film career and only in smaller, lesser known films. The rest of the time she has played characters who are:
** [[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}}''
** [[FakeBrit English]] (or at least English-accented) - ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'', ''An Ideal Husband'', ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Heaven'', ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou'' (more of a transatlantic accent than strictly English), ''Film/NotesOnAScandal'', ''Elizabeth: The Golden Age'', ''[[Film/RobinHood2010 Robin Hood]]'', ''Film/TheHobbit'' and ''[[Film/Cinderella2015 Cinderella]]''
** Irish - ''Film/VeronicaGuerin''
** Scottish - ''Charlotte Gray'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2''.
** [[FakeRussian Russian/Ukranian]] - ''The Man Who Cried'' and ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''
** German - ''The Good German''
** French - ''Film/TheMonumentsMen''
30th Mar '17 5:36:45 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/{{Outsourced}}'' is a very egregious example. A lot of actors are from different backgrounds than the characters they play. For example, Rizwan Manji who is an Ismaili Muslim plays Rajeev Gidwani who is a Sindhi Hindu. Rebecca Hazelwood who plays Asha in ''Outsourced'' is part Indian-part English has played a lot of Indian characters of various backgrounds (although she is decent enough of an actress to pull it off).

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* ''Series/{{Outsourced}}'' is a very egregious example. A lot of actors are from different backgrounds than the characters they play. For example, Rizwan Manji who is an Ismaili Muslim plays Rajeev Gidwani who is a Sindhi Hindu. Rebecca Hazelwood who plays Asha in ''Outsourced'' is part Indian-part Indian, part English has played a lot of Indian characters of various backgrounds (although she is a decent enough of an actress to pull it off).off). All of the other Indian characters are played by American and British actors with Indian ancestry.



* Due to the limited access of actors with immigrant background in TheSixties, Norwegian actors playing for the Broadcasting Company had to get away with almost anything. Because of the black-and-white production, this was rather easy, and the same actors went all over, playing Algerians, black people from the DeepSouth, Romani, jews, and even ''Chinese'', if they had to. This went remarkably well, all considering (the American plays featuring blacks was mostly anti-racist, by the way). Good make-up skills, DyeingForYourArt and decent use of light effects did the trick.

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* Due to the limited access of actors with immigrant background in TheSixties, Norwegian actors playing for the Broadcasting Company had to get away with almost anything. Because of the black-and-white production, this was rather easy, and the same actors went all over, playing Algerians, black people from the DeepSouth, Romani, jews, Jews, and even ''Chinese'', if they had to. This went remarkably well, all considering (the American plays featuring blacks was mostly anti-racist, by the way). Good make-up skills, DyeingForYourArt and decent use of light effects did the trick.


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* ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'': Korean-American actor James Kyson plays a South Korean police detective. However, he was born in South Korea.
28th Mar '17 9:51:26 PM Ambaryerno
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** ''Film/{{Logan}}'': [[Comicbook/{{X 23}} Laura]] is the child of an unknown Mexican woman who was impregnated with Logan's genetic material. She's played by Creator/DafneKeen, who is mixed English and Spanish.
25th Mar '17 5:46:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/AudreyHepburn, born to British and Dutch parents played American (''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys''), Russian (''WarAndPeace''), French (''Film/LoveInTheAfternoon'') Belgian (''The Nun's Story''), and Native American (''The Unforgiven'') characters.

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* Creator/AudreyHepburn, born to British and Dutch parents played American (''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys''), Russian (''WarAndPeace''), (''Film/WarAndPeace''), French (''Film/LoveInTheAfternoon'') Belgian (''The Nun's Story''), and Native American (''The Unforgiven'') characters.
12th Mar '17 1:59:06 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 HeathLedger and Ben Mendelssohn. In fact, the only actual principal American actors on set were 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 HeathLedger Creator/HeathLedger and Ben Mendelssohn. In fact, the only actual principal American actors on set were MorganFreeman, 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.
11th Mar '17 5:17:28 PM nombretomado
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* Controversy surrounded ''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 Caucasian, 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 Caucasian. 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 ''MissSaigon'' ''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 Caucasian, 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 Caucasian. 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.
5th Mar '17 12:42:36 AM jormis29
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* The American actor Tony Shalhoub, who is of Lebanese descent, is often hired to play Italians (''Series/{{Wings}}'', ''Big Night'', ''Cars'') due to his curly dark hair and swarthy Mediterranean features.

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* The American actor Tony Shalhoub, Creator/TonyShalhoub, who is of Lebanese descent, is often hired to play Italians (''Series/{{Wings}}'', ''Big Night'', ''Cars'') due to his curly dark hair and swarthy Mediterranean features.



** Tony Shalhoub's character of Fred Kwan spoofed this practice in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' when he mentioned that Kwan is a stage name used to fit his character of Tech Sergeant Chen's Asian nationality. Interestingly, when the Thermians are naming the crew, he narrows his eyes when his character's name is spoken. Apparently, that's supposed to be enough to make him seem Chinese.

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** Tony Shalhoub's Creator/TonyShalhoub's character of Fred Kwan spoofed this practice in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' when he mentioned that Kwan is a stage name used to fit his character of Tech Sergeant Chen's Asian nationality. Interestingly, when the Thermians are naming the crew, he narrows his eyes when his character's name is spoken. Apparently, that's supposed to be enough to make him seem Chinese.
1st Mar '17 7:32:02 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in an episode of the ElleryQueen TV series, in which an Indian man is obviously played by a white guy with makeup. It turns out that, in-universe, he ''is'' a white guy in makeup playing an Indian.

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* Subverted in an episode of the ElleryQueen ''Series/ElleryQueen'' TV series, in which an Indian man is obviously played by a white guy with makeup. It turns out that, in-universe, he ''is'' a white guy in makeup playing an Indian.
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