Taylor Kitsch’s airport ‘bribe’ in Indonesia, not Philippines


Taylor Kitsch. AFP PHOTO

JAKARTA—Hollywood actor Taylor Kitsch was allegedly asked for his iPhone as a bribe by airport officials as he entered Indonesia, and not the Philippines as previously suggested, an official confirmed Tuesday.

The story of the alleged bribe emerged when “Late Show” host David Letterman asked the “Friday Night Lights” TV star about his recent shoot for the Oliver Stone film “Savages”.

Letterman mentioned the Philippines when he talked about the shoot — but Kitsch failed to correct him and say that the filming took place in Indonesia.

Denny Indrayana, Indonesian deputy minister for justice and human rights, confirmed to news portal that “the Indonesian official who allegedly bribed Taylor Kitsch has been identified and we are now in the process of interrogating him.

“He will be sanctioned if he is found guilty of asking for a bribe.”

On the “Late Show”, Kitsch described how an airport customs officer threatened to send him back to Japan, his port of origin, because he had run out of pages in his passport.

The 30-year-old Canadian-born actor arrived at Bali island’s Ngurah Rai airport on February 1, as scheduled, to shoot a film in the neighboring West Nusa Tenggara province.

Kitsch said he was finally allowed in after proving he was an actor by showing the officer on his iPhone the trailer for his recently completed film “John Carter,” in which he plays a Civil War veteran transplanted to Mars.

“I said ‘I can show you something to prove (that I’m an actor)’ and then I’m looking on my iPhone because their computers weren’t working, and he is like ‘Hey, can you get me one of those’…,” Kitsch told Letterman.

Corruption is rampant in Indonesia, which ranked 100th of 182 countries on Transparency International’s annual corruption index.

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  • Mekeni Aso

    So stupid. Its so easy to IDENTIFY if its Philippine airport. The ugliest airport in the world is NAIA

    • Sam

      Are you sure that NAIA is the ugliest airport? Have you been to some European Airports?  They are even worst than NAIA.

      • noreligionhavefaith

        NAIA has been voted the worst airport (corruption/filth/and everything else) no argument there. Some euro airports may be ugly, but it’s the people within it , like the corrupt and dumb people that lives in that airport called NAIA

  • Ben Tampadong

    Not surprising at all. We’ll just watch your movie on a pirated CD. =)

  • dead_pixel

    But still, corrupt immigration officers are still rampant in every international airport in the Philippines!
    Saan ang matuwid na daan?

    • noelpogi

      If you don’t like it here in the PHILIPPINES, just leave us.  We don’t need people like you!!

    • Sam Julian

       The supreme court have a corrupt Chief justice., what do you expect?

      • dead_pixel

        And what do you expect also that the immigration chief is also corrupt that was appointed by a mongoloid?

  • dabu

    Even during my early years working in RP, Indonisia was already known for its corrupt practices and perhaps corruption is still rampant at this stage. But the big difference between Indonisia and RP is the fact that the former was able to improve its economy as one of the tiger economies in Asia while RP’s economy is stagnating. This is progress vs retrogress.

  • imongredneck

    What else can you expect from a dope head. How he got in Hollywood is anyone’s guess; certainly not his talent nor his IQ. This guy is not worth his iPhone he’s carrying around. So, let’s just leave him alone. He is bound to flame out.

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  • ian

    FLOPTSINA ang John Carter natalo ng cartoon na Lorax! Karma….

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