You might not know exactly who Valentino is – he’s an American illusionist that is better known as “The Masked Magician.” This illusionist gained a sudden surge in popularity on the other side of the equator when clips of his show “Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed” were shown on the show “Fantástico.” It’s a hugely popular program in Brazil, and thanks to it, Val Valentino gained a whole lot of popularity in Brazil.
The show revealed the secrets to several large magic acts, something many find themselves interested in. He’s also quite fondly regarded in Chile, where he made a number of public appearances in his Masked Magician persona before he started going without the mask, and in Japan. In fact, Brazil likes him so much that they gave him the name “Mister M.”
Brad Pitt – Japan
Obviously, Brad Pitt is a worldwide superstar that has at least a little bit of fame in every country – he’s probably filmed at least one movie set in every country. However, there’s one country that seems to find this A-lister even more irresistible than a lot of the others, and that’s Japan. Specifically, it’s the young women of the country who can’t get enough of Mr. Pitt.
This went so far as to make “Brad Pitt” one of the most popular names for the digital pet Tamagotchi. Pitt has been outspoken about his love for the country while on publicity tours for his movies, and he was also a star in “Bullet Train,” an adaptation of a Japanese book that takes place almost entirely on a bullet train in Japan.
Masi Oka – The United States
Masi Oka rose to prominence thanks to his time on the American science-fiction show “Heroes,” but he’d been in the business for a while since then. He even worked with Industrial Light and Magic on the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. After that, he joined the cast of “Heroes” and became close to a household name, picking up a fair share of credits even after the show wrapped.
Despite having been born in Tokyo, however, he moved to Los Angeles at a young age. Despite his nationality being still listed as Japanese, Oka actually has a rather small fandom in Japan. Most people of that nation that are aware of him are just happy that he made it big in America, and most of them seem to consider him more American.
Diane Lane – Japan
With experience acting since 1971 and acting in movies since 1979, Lane is a formidable name in the history of filmmaking. She was in “The Perfect Storm,” “Streets of Fire,” she’s in the DC Extended Universe as Martha Kent, and plenty more. However, she’s likely way more popular in Japan, thanks mostly to the modeling she did for a number of Japanese magazines.
She also had a modeling photo book published and was also in a number of advertisements for cars, soft drinks, and jewelry. A lot of this comes from the aforementioned “Streets of Fire,” which was a critical failure in America, but the style was much more received in Japan. Its aesthetic was even inspiration for familiar titles like “Street Fighter,” “Final Fight” and “Streets of Rage.”
Richard Gere – Japan
We’re unsure why former leading man Richard Gere is such a huge figure in Japan, but there’s no doubt that he is. They adore him, to the point that legendary director Akira Kurosawa gave him a big role in one of his (Kurosawa’s) last films, “Rhapsody in August.” Gere also got to have an impromptu dance with the former Prime Minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi. He’s also appeared in a number of successful foreign remakes of Japanese films.
Again, we’re not really sure why this is. He does plenty of ads, which is pretty common when it comes to American celebs, but the Japanese have really taken to him. In fact, there’s a common joke that Koizumi’s premiership was only so long because he looked a lot like Gere.