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Aug '09

Heartless Hollywood Snub: Why Christopher Guest should boycott the Chinese Oscars

Ben Stiller is the only actor to get English billing on this Chinese movie poster for Night at the Museum 2

Ben Stiller is the only actor to get English billing on this movie poster for Night at the Museum 2

SUBMITTED BY: Mark Zackin        LOCATION: Hong Kong, China

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We Americans often assume that the entire world speaks English and we grow very impatient when foreign movies hire foreign-speaking actors who require subtitles.

Here, in the heart of Hong Kong’s commercial district, is evidence that many foreigners do not read English.

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian stars Ben Stiller, Christopher Guest, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Amy Adams, Bill Hader and even George Foreman. Yet, the only actor credited in English on the poster is Stiller.

Puzzling.  Are the rest of the stars in this movie even credited in Chinese?

If we were Hank Azaria or Christopher Guest, we’d be bitter.

Oh, the stoic boy posing by the octopus tentacle is Connecticut fifth grader Ari Zackin. At age 11, he’s almost as tall as Napoleon.

(Mark Zackin is a pop culture-obsessed attorney who like to memorize movie lines. He blogs at http://zackinfamily.wordpress.com/)

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