An investigation has been launched into the alleged extortion attempt on Hollywood actor Taylor Kitsch by an immigration official at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport.
Mr. Kitsch arrived in Indonesia last month to work on Oliver Stone’s movie Savages, part of which was filmed over six days on the island of Moyo in West Nusa Tenggara.
Appearing recently on the US talk show David Letterman, Kitsch detailed the incident in which he was refused entry to Indonesia due to a lack of pages in his passport. Despite possessing all the necessary permits to work as an actor within Indonesia, the Hollywood star was then told that he could not enter by an immigration officer, as he didn’t believe he was an actor.
Kitsch then took out his iPhone to show the official a video clip of himself to prove who he was. “I’m literally pitching myself to this guy,” joked the Canadian actor during the Letterman interview. The immigration officer then allegedly asked for the iPhone as a bribe.
On the show, Letterman mistakenly indicated that the incident took place in the Philippines, however it has now been confirmed that it was in fact Indonesia.
“It is true; the person in question arrived in Indonesia on February 1, 2012, through Ngurah Rai International Airport. We’ve sent a team from the central office to further investigate the report,” stated immigration office spokesman Maryoto Sumadi to the Jakarta Globe.
Watch Taylor Kitsch’s interview at David Letterman’s talk show, below: