Famous Foreign Celebrities Who Are Making It Big In China
China is considered the second-largest movie market in the world. In the past few years alone, the rate of this region’s ticket sales have soared so high that it is expected to overtake the European and North American sales by 2020. Studios are now quite well aware of the tremendous interest and demand for Western-type of entertainment from this part of the world, and they’re seriously cashing in on it.
As this is the case, the need for Western celebrities to set roots and establish their presence in the international scene has never been this more pressing. More and more big Hollywood names are now breaking into the entertainment sector of key Asian countries such as China, Japan, and Korea.
And we’re not just talking about foreign actors, actresses and singers here. A handful of prominent sports figures are also making it big in Asia for the same purpose of building their personal brands.
In this list, we’ll dish out some of the famous foreign celebrities that conquered cross-cultural differences in the name of entertainment and are now gaining massive international appeal.
Despite being a staple subject for punchlines and memes in America, Nicolas Cage was actually one of the most remarkable actors to ever grace the silver screen. He was well-recognized for his stellar onscreen performances.
There was a point when his acting career was at its peak, starring in critically-acclaimed films like “Adaptation” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” The latter title even won him an Oscar. This goes to say that Mr. Cage, really has a fine catalogue. His run-in with financial problems however forced him to grab just about any acting opportunities, and most of them were for straight-to-DVD kind of films. This consequently devalued the actor’s screen-worthiness.
Call him a Hollywood reject, but China takes the actor a lot more seriously. His movies like “National Treasure,” “The Croods” and “Ghost Rider” are so well-liked in China. In 2013, he was given the “Best Global Actor in Motion Pictures” Award at the Huading Awards. One of his more recent big-budget Chinese films is “Outcast,” with Hayden Christensen as his co-star.