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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Ann

Athens, Greece

#1 Dec 29, 2008
Could it be they are just better actors ?
The Voice of Reason

United States

#2 Dec 29, 2008
Whoda thunk that Anthony LaPaglia (Jack Malone) of Without a Trace is an Aussie?
Henry Bowman

Las Vegas, NV

#3 Dec 29, 2008
How about Jason Issacs(British) and Jason Clarke (Australian) of the overlooked series "Brotherhood" on Showtime.
Best drama on TV.
Reality Check

Gurnee, IL

#4 Dec 29, 2008
Is this another one of those "illegal immigrants taking U.S. jobs" complaint?
Jennifer

Stamford, CT

#6 Dec 29, 2008
Let's not forget The Riches, where both lead characters were played by Brits! There was Bionic Woman, Swingtown, Viva Laughlin, oh wait - I am sensing a pattern...
I'm British and it drives me a little crazy to be honest. I can hear their fake accents a mile off but maybe that's because I'm used to hearing them speak with their British accents.
quills

United States

#8 Dec 29, 2008
Maybe if the American screen actors guild would produce better American actors then more would get jobs. Typical of American actors are those that want the leading roles right away and won't do what is necesssary to learn their craft. Typical recent American society that wants it without earning it. This extends to all walks of life in America.
sharon

La Grange Park, IL

#9 Dec 29, 2008
It's about time. Gwyneth Paltrow has been doing it for years. And what's-her-name as Bridget Jones...
zermatt

Schaumburg, IL

#10 Dec 29, 2008
With so many American actors being out of work how can the entertainment industry justify giving foreigners American jobs? What are the two actors unions doing about protecting their brothers and sisters? All of those dollars in wages are leaving the US for other lands.

It looks like the actors unions are doing pretty much nothing. They appear to be only interested in collecting dues from working actors regardless of where they are from.

On top of all of that, the shows are still bad. Might as well replace all of the actors with Canadians.
Alex

North Chicago, IL

#12 Dec 29, 2008
zermatt wrote:
With so many American actors being out of work how can the entertainment industry justify giving foreigners American jobs? What are the two actors unions doing about protecting their brothers and sisters? All of those dollars in wages are leaving the US for other lands.
It looks like the actors unions are doing pretty much nothing. They appear to be only interested in collecting dues from working actors regardless of where they are from.
On top of all of that, the shows are still bad. Might as well replace all of the actors with Canadians.
Because in a free market it does not matter where you come from. If you have what is required to perform, you are the one. Sports is another good example. The NBA for instance is bringing players from all over the world, because they "got game".

Perhaps the actors unions in the U.S. will go the way of Wall Street and auto industry...we may need to bail them out at some point.
Logan Square

United States

#13 Dec 29, 2008
I was impressed by Abbie Cornish's character Michelle playing a muscle car drivin', tequila swigging Texas girl in "Stop-Loss".
tom

Okatie, SC

#14 Dec 29, 2008
Maybe because the foreign guys can read and are smart enough to memorize a script and can understand the emotional requirements of the plot?

Perhaps this is another aspect of the dumbing down of America?
Steve

United States

#15 Dec 29, 2008
Copping an accent doesn't make for great actors; a parrott's a parrott. Though it can help. I still shudder at Kevin Costner's Robin Hood. Two fantastic actors this article doesn't mention is The Wire's Dominic West and Idris Elba. Elba had to do an inner city accent, which I doubt most white Americans couldn't do well.
JAD

Chicago, IL

#16 Dec 29, 2008
It goes both ways - British acting American and American acting British. I think it's great that they challenge actors to show their real talents by taking on different accents and cultures.
jbentley

San Jose, CA

#17 Dec 29, 2008
Wire heads might find it interesting that Dominic West, who played Jimmy McNulty, and Idris Elba, who played Stringer Bell, are both English.
AMS

Brookfield, IL

#18 Dec 29, 2008
2 more not mentioned - Matthew Rhys (Wales, UK) and Rachel Griffiths (Aus) from Brothers and Sisters.
Kathleen

Chicago, IL

#19 Dec 29, 2008
How about Poppy Montgomery and the new gal in Fringe?
zermatt

Schaumburg, IL

#20 Dec 29, 2008
Alex wrote:
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Because in a free market it does not matter where you come from. If you have what is required to perform, you are the one. Sports is another good example. The NBA for instance is bringing players from all over the world, because they "got game".
Perhaps the actors unions in the U.S. will go the way of Wall Street and auto industry...we may need to bail them out at some point.
I guess I was too subtle for you...
baldy

Naperville, IL

#21 Dec 29, 2008
What do you all expect when we foisted Kevin Costner at Robin Hood?

We deserve to have our actors see what real actors can do.
Mike S

Summerfield, IL

#22 Dec 29, 2008
Wow, but trying as hard as I can, I just cannot seem to care...
Steve

Chicago, IL

#23 Dec 29, 2008
jbentley wrote:
Wire heads might find it interesting that Dominic West, who played Jimmy McNulty, and Idris Elba, who played Stringer Bell, are both English.
The guy who played the councilman who was elected mayor (Carcetti?)is British too. He was in the UK Queer as Folk.

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