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Taiwan-mad Hollywood star eyes Taipei for film

Staff writer, with CNA, LOS ANGELES

Hollywood actor Rob Schneider said he is planning a new film and is hoping that it can be shot in Taiwan.

Schneider made the remarks when he and his wife were special guests at a party hosted by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau at Universal Studios in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Schneider said that he fell in love with Taiwan when he visited it 11 years ago while promoting his film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.

He has since visited Taiwan twice and even chose the country as his honeymoon destination when he got married in April.

At the party, Schneider was shown a video made during the trip of him purchasing a jacket in a night market, which he said brought back memories of some of the things he particularly likes about Taiwan, such as stinky tofu, noodles and tea.

“Everything in Taiwan is great,” he said.

He said he always recommends Taiwan to his friends as a vacation destination because you can go mountain climbing and scuba diving, hear indigenous music and meet kind people.

“You can have a great time in Taiwan,” Schneider said, adding that he has just finished filming a TV show and is “trying to figure out something we can do in Taiwan in the next few months.”

Schneider is expecting to work with a Chinese director on a film called Chinese-English Dictionary, a romantic comedy.

Although the film is set in Shanghai, Schneider said he hoped it could be shot in Taipei.

The actor also said he is trying to persuade his friend and fellow star Adam Sandler — who doesn’t like to leave the US — to visit Taiwan.

He added that Sandler loves Chinese food, especially chicken soup.

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