Anna Faris touched on why she was banned from New Zealand and how she mended that bridge.
Faris shared the story on a recent episode of Justin Long’s “Life is Short” podcast. The trouble started when Faris was filming 2010’s “Yogi Bear” the movie.
“Did I ever tell you about how I got kicked out of New Zealand? I didn’t get kicked out, that sounds so dramatic,” she told Long. “I did ‘Yogi Bear’ there and I was walking… and it was a long shoot and there were days… most days I only said, ‘Yogi!’ So, you know, very fulfilling.”
One of these days, a producer on the film invited her to a Queens of the Stone Age concert. She headed back early. “I was wearing jeans and a T-shirt and a backpack,” she recalled. “And this car drives by and these dudes yell out like, ‘Show us your tits!’ But in a New Zealand accent.”
Another car drove by and someone yelled, “we wanna f**k your p**sy.” Faris “felt like, what is up with that? But I could handle it.”
“I recounted this story, because it was the only one I had, on ‘The George Lopez Show’, this very short-lived George Lopez show,” she explained. “And then I got a letter from the Minister of Tourism of New Zealand that I was no longer welcome in their country.”
The country felt slandered by Faris’ remarks. “It became a whole thing,” Faris said. She wrote a letter to a New Zealand newspaper and Minister of Tourism apologizing. At the end of the letter she wrote, “we have a lot of ding dongs here in America as well.”