British, Australian actors taking rol...

British, Australian actors taking roles as Americans

There are 36 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 28, 2008, titled British, Australian actors taking roles as Americans. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Call it the second British invasion, with an Australian flank. An increasing number of British and Australian actors are adopting the American tongue for starring roles stateside.

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Somerset, NJ

#24 Dec 29, 2008
Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant

Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House

That is all.
Iowa Rules

Libertyville, IL

#25 Dec 29, 2008
In the film Black Hawk Down, I think all the Southern characters were played by Brit's and Aussies with varying degrees of skill. It seemed to me that a southern drawl was more easily imitated than a mid-western accent by the English. Regardless, it sure beats Van Dahm or Swartzenegger trying to play any kind of American.

North Chicago, IL

#26 Dec 29, 2008
zermatt wrote:
<quoted text>
I guess I was too subtle for you...
No problem man, it happens to the best of us. When someone posts a lame comment I sometimes have to point it out.

Don't worry, I am not Canadian.

Chicago, IL

#27 Dec 29, 2008
I hate hate hate Christian Bale's "American" accent.

That said, it's still WAY better Kevin Costner's British accent. His American accent too, for that matter...

Stamford, CT

#28 Dec 29, 2008
The funny thing is that I spent the longest time thinking Don Cheadle was actually British, even though his accent in Ocean's Eleven etc was appallling! Now when I hear him speaking in his usual American accent I feel like he's putting it on...
Edward G Robinson

Libertyville, IL

#29 Dec 29, 2008
Hi. I'm Edward G Robinson and you might remember me from such films as "LITTLE CEASAR" and "SOYLENT GREEN". I've been dead for several years and, thus, haven't worked much. But, what really frosts me (and other deceased celebrities) is that live actors score ALL the dead people roles in films (except for "snuff" films). We watch these movies- and as talented dead actors we know good dead acting when we see it- we are amazed that Hollywood and the viewing public allows this to happen. Just the other day the new guy, Paul Newman, and I were watching a film where a guy fell off a building and "died". Paul said: "You just know that guy is going to get up and walk away as soon as the director yells 'Cut!'"
Some people might call that "acting" but I argue that only the dead can convincingly play dead. Most of us are really good at it and, yes, we need the work.

Northbrook, IL

#30 Dec 29, 2008
Can we produce anything of use here in the U.S. anymore? I think I am going to hop into my Ford and drive off into the sunset--could someone follow me in a tow truck?--I'll sure I'll need it.
Sally of Sydney

Ryde, Australia

#31 Dec 29, 2008
Come on now Mike S you obviously do care or else why would you bother to even read the story never mind take up your valuable time to comment?
to be or not to be

Kansas City, MO

#32 Dec 29, 2008
Ann wrote:
Could it be they are just better actors ?
Yes..and they have discipline and training that our overpaid undertalented, one-dimensional U.S. types could only dream of, if they were capable of an original thought...

We can't forget Hugo Weaving, the Australian actor in The Matrix as "Agent Smith':
"I'm going to enjoy watching you die, Mr. Anderson".

Youngstown, OH

#33 Dec 29, 2008
Many foreign actors have more experience in starring roles in their own countries and have done theater and had education not typical in the American path to stardom. Perhaps if we looked for American actors from the theater scene rather than whatever pretty face is trolling around LA we'd get someone with actual work ethic and talent.

Watseka, IL

#34 Dec 29, 2008
What about Yvonne Strahowski in Chuck? She's an Aussie and has a better American "accent" than most Americans!

Cleveland, OH

#36 Dec 29, 2008 THAT what Ms.
Paltrow was doing?My wife(a Brit),says
her accent was horrible!I agree.How
about Brits doing other accents?Helen
Mirren playing a Russian in 2010?She was terrific,though the movie itself was not.

“"Wilson" model in "Cast Away"”

Since: Dec 08

Decatur, GA

#38 Dec 29, 2008
Love Hugh Laurie on House,repeats or not. Never would have guessed he had an accent in real life.
Also, liked Nathan Phillips,(Redline), and never knew he had an accent either.
Martin Tangora

University Park, IL

#39 Dec 30, 2008
How could you not mention the wonderful Australian actress who plays CIA agent Sarah Walker in the TV series Chuck?
Yvonne Strahovski (or Strzechowski), from the suburbs of Sydney.
Martin Tangora

University Park, IL

#40 Dec 30, 2008
In fact there is a Craig Ferguson interview on YouTube (search on "Yvonne Strahovski") where he says that he didn't realize that she was Australian until she showed up for his show; and she does a Scottish accent for him.
dolores bickmann

United States

#41 Jan 14, 2009
It's obviously about the free market. For a One World Government, you need to crash the nations system, especially here, so the idea is to put as many Americans out of business as possible, especially the artistic types who would be too risky to hire because they might just get press time should they dare speak out about what's happening here.

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