I don't know what kind of reaction it's gotten, but it's kind of a similar story with Bollywood (and Slumdog Millionaire) star Anil Kapoor
playing the President of a fiction middle eastern country. Yeah, it's fictional, but it seems pretty clear that it's meant to be something along the lines of Iraq or Iran. Although the people playing his family and other people from his country are Middle Easter. I only could find the actors playing a security agent and his wife, but they are Palestinian/Australian, and Iranian respectively.