Indonesia investigates Hollywood star’s charges
JAKARTA INDONESIAN authorities were investigating claims by a Hollywood actor that he had an unpleasant run-in with an immigration officer in the country, local media reported on Tuesday.
Taylor Kitsch told US talk show host David Letterman that a customs officer almost did not let him enter the country and asked for his iPhone as a bribe.
Letterman said the incident happened in the Philippines, but it was later revealed that Kitch actually was in Indonesia last month.
The Canadian actor arrived at the Ngurah Rai Airport on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on February 1, Maryoto Sumadi, spokesman for the immigration office, told the Jakarta Globe.
“We’ve sent a team from the central office to further investigate the report,” Maryoto was quoted as saying the Globe.
Kitsch was in Indonesia for the shooting of an upcoming Oliver Stone film Savages with John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.
Kitsch told Letterman last week that an immigration officer had ordered him back to Japan because his passport did not have enough pages for them to stamp.
Kitsch said he had a visa to work on Savages, and had to convince the officer that he was an actor by showing him a trailer of his movie John Carter on his iPhone.