Skooter reporting 03/07/12
Hollywood actor Taylor Kitsch was purportedly asked for his iPhone as a buy off by airport officials as he arrived in Indonesia, and not the Philippines as previously reported, an official confirmed Tuesday.
The story of the so-called bribe surfaced when "Late Show" host David Letterman asked Kitsch the "Friday Night Lights" TV star about his fresh moviefor the Oliver Stone film "Savages".
It so happened the Philippines was mentioned by Letterman when he talked about the movie, unfortunately Kitsch botched to correct him that the filming actually took place in Indonesia.
Indonesian deputy minister for justice and human rights, Denny Indrayana, officially told Detik.com news portal that the Indonesian official who supposedly bribed Taylor Kitsch has been identified and are now in the process of investigating the airport official.
"He will be sanctioned if he is found guilty of asking for a bribe," Indrayana said.
On the "Late Show", Kitsch illustrated how an airport customs officer intimidated to send him back to Japan, his port of origin, because he had no more pages to stamp on in his passport.
Kitsch, 30, a Canadian born arrived at Bali island's Ngurah Rai airport on February 1, as scheduled, to make a movie in the neighbouring West Nusa Tenggara province.
According to Kitsch, he was eventually allowed in after establishing he was an actor by showing the custom officer on his iPhone the trailer for his recently completed film "John Carter," in which he plays a role as a Civil War veteran uprooted 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.
In Indonesia or any other Asian country, corruption is widespread. In fact, Indonesia ranked 100th of 182 countries on Transparency International's annual corruption index.
The Philippine government is asking for a public apology from Taylor Kitsch for mentioning the country by mistake.