Palace says Taylor Kitsch should apologize

Posted at 03/05/2012 4:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Hollywood actor Taylor Kitsch, whose latest movie "John Carter" opens in local cinemas this week, should apologize for his erroneous statement that "demeaned" the Philippines, the President's spokesman said Monday.

"We believe that Taylor Kitsch made an erroneous statement which demeaned our country and an apology would be a proper decent response," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a text message.

A clip of the Kitsch interview on CBS.com showed Letterman asking about the supposed Philippine film shoot.

Kitsch, who is best known for his portrayal of American football star Tim Riggins in the television series "Friday Night Lights," did not dispute the name of the country. It was discovered later on that the movie was shot on the island of Moyo in Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province.

Kitsch said a Customs officer stopped him at the airport, saying he had to go back to Japan because his passport was full.

He claimed an unidentified Customs officer also demanded that he be given an iPhone. He was later allowed entry after he showed the trailer to "John Carter."