UPDATE: Dear America: Please don’t deport Aaron Abrams for telling the story of the rare comedic talent working for the U.S. government who was not at all a jerk.
EARLIER: Anyone who has ever pursued the arts as a career knows that being put in the position of having to defend that choice is an anxiety-inducing notion at best.
Canadian-born actor Aaron Abrams — perhaps best known for his role as FBI agent Brian Zeller on Hannibal — had to live that reality recently, and he tweeted the experience for our collective enjoyment (and secondhand embarrassment).
“Interviewer for my green card listed my IMDb credits while sharing his thoughts on each which is funny ’cause that’s also a night terror I have,” Abrams, 37, tweeted on Friday, going on to share the various defenses of his work along with the immigration officer’s unimpressed replies.
For example, though Abrams was cut from the 2004 film Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the credit is still listed on the database. Proving that the officer should have pursued a career in the arts himself as a stand-up comic, he delivered this hilarious, devastating blow: “So you want a green card for extraordinary ability but you were cut from Resident Evil?”
The story ends happily, however: The officer was simply stalling because his computer had frozen.
Unfortunately, Abrams’ shirt buttons were in the wrong holes the whole time.
Check out the gripping saga as it unfolded below, and stay tuned to EW for complete coverage of Hannibal at Comic-Con.
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