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Lipton the Justice Department official tells Rollie Tyler, "I really admired your stuff, ever since 'Vermin from Venus.'" Rollie's female assistant responds, "That's the one that got him deported from Australia." My question is how could Rollie have been deported from Australia, when he was born, raised and lived his whole life there? Where would he have been deported to?

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  • Bryan Brown (the actor playing Rollie) is from Australia, but does the movie say that the Rollie character was also from Australia ? From an (admittedly quick) search of transcripts, the only mention of Australia that I could find was the quote you mentioned.
    – racraman
    Oct 6 '20 at 3:17
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    I can't tell now the line is delivered from the script ... but could it just have been a joke? "vermin from venus" just sounds like a terrible movie. So bad he was deported ... haha ?
    – iandotkelly
    Oct 6 '20 at 3:27
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    And by the way .... racraman is correct in identifying Bryan Brown as the actor playing the character Rollie - so an abusive comment about that just looks a little silly.
    – iandotkelly
    Oct 6 '20 at 3:37
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It is a joke:

While the actor Bryan Brown is Australian, the character that he is playing - Roland Tyler is presumably not* (indeed, he couldn't be deported from his home country). What's more, the movie itself is produced in USA.

So the in-movie, the story goes like this: Roland made such horrible movie that he was deported from Australia, which is actually quite famous for banning overly graphic movies or games (and Roland's job is to make them indeed graphic and realistic). And it is funny because it suggests that the Australian Bryan, made such a horrible movie that now he is forced to work in USA because they don't want him in his home country.

* That doesn't mean that Tyler couldn't be born in Australia - he could renounce his citizenship when he has moved to USA, but this is pure speculation.

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    @dings380 wow... I think you should re-read the rules about using this board, starting with the Be Nice rule. Back to the topic, there is nothing in the script that would say that character is Australian (the world "Australia" is mentioned only once. And if he was indeed deported from that country, then (as you noticed) he couldn't been Australian citizen.
    – Yasskier
    Oct 13 '20 at 8:33

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