Famous Hollywood Movie Stars Who Made Appearances In Hit Asian Movies
As more and more Asian actors are getting the opportunity of starring in a Hollywood film, some famous Western movie stars are also given the chance of getting cast in Asian films.
While Hollywood values what Asian actors can bring to the movie industry, Asian filmmakers too, realized that by casting Hollywood actors they can reach the Western audience. They come as starring roles or cameos. Regardless, they serve as a magnet to attract more movie-goers.
If you’ve watched The Great Wall, then you might have noticed the three main casts who are white actors: Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, and Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal. Or maybe you’ve seen Keanu Reeves playing the antagonist in his directorial debut with a multilingual China-set fight film starring “Matrix” stuntman turned frontman, Tiger Chen in the film Tai Chi Xia or Man of Tai Chi. And do you remember the guy who impersonated Barack Obama in My Name Is Khan? If you don’t know him, his name is Christopher Duncan. Although he played a very short role, he really did a good job. But they are not the only Westerners who overcame language barriers to star in Asian films.
Let’s see how many of these western actors you’ve seen in an Asian film.
Adrien Brody seems to have the most Asian movies among Hollywood stars. He was cast as the antagonist Roman Consul, Tiberius in Dragon Blade (2015) starred by Jackie Chan and John Cusack. The Academy Awards winner also took the role of a priest in Back to 1942 with Tim Robbins. And in 2017, he joined Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson in The Bombing.
This year, Arnold Schwarzenegger also worked with Jackie Chan in a Russo-Chinese movie, Viy 2; Journey to China. English actor, Jason Flemyng also joined them in this film along with Charles Dance.