Turkey Fires Julianne Moore Over 'Poor Acting'
Country doesn't like her 'depressive persona' either
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2015 10:44 AM CDT
Julianne Moore arrives at the CHANEL Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Metiers d’Art Collection fashion show at the Park Avenue Armory on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Oscar winner Julianne Moore is apparently not good enough for Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry. The actress filmed a promotional video for the office, but the ministry was unhappy with her "poor acting" and demanded the film be re-shot, sources tell the Hurriyet Daily News. Moore refused, and the project was canceled. The "Home Of" video, dreamed up by an ad agency, featured Moore recalling childhood trips to Turkey, but apparently a number of Turkish VIPs didn't like her "depressive persona" when she was chosen as one of the more than 30 actors to be featured.

The Guardian notes that at least one Turkish politician had slammed the choice of Moore (in a somewhat difficult-to-comprehend manner): "How reasonable do you find promoting Turkey with the body of such names and women? How do you find, as a woman, giving plenty of money to a Hollywood star to promote Turkey, as if it were the 19th century?" Even so, the ad agency owner had insisted last year that Moore was a good choice, noting, "I can't understand why she is not liked here." The ministry has released no official comment.