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UK Actors In USA -speaks American...  
User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Some of them anyway...

A recent example is Hugh Laurie who play Dr House in "House".

http://www.fox.com/house/

1. Why must he and other UK actors in USA speak american english?

2. Can you hear that his actually is not a native american when he play
in "House"?

Just want to know.

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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8617 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
1. Why must he and other UK actors in USA speak american english?

So that Billy Bob from Alabama can understand him?  duck 



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

It was Hugh Laurie's choice. When he auditioned for the role of Greg House, he chose to use an American accent.

User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
1. Why must he and other UK actors in USA speak american english?

Because that's what the producers want.

It's no different to Leonardo DiCaprio and his South African accent in Blood Diamond, or Gwyneth Paltrow's English accent in Sliding Doors or Naveen Andrews' Middle-Eastern accent on LOST.


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
1. Why must he and other UK actors in USA speak american english?

As Mark said, Laurie did it. He was in Africa at the time, and taped his audition thinking that the script required an American accent. In fact, he did not even know it was to be the leading role! The producer picked him not even knowing that Laurie was British.

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
2. Can you hear that his actually is not a native american when he play
in "House"?

I've been watching him since his first appearance in Blackadder II (Prince Otto, wasn't it?), but I was stunned how well he pulls off the accent. You could tell in the first season that it was just a little bit forced, but now he seems completely at ease with it.


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1630 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

He wasn't forced to drop the British Accent for the part, he did it on his own, and the producers like it. It still amazes me how well he does masking it for the role though.


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

I realize he is English but I swear he sounds Scottish when I hear him speak out of character to reporters and such.

Quoting Aloges (Reply 1):
So that Billy Bob from Alabama can understand him?

Ah yes, always easy to make fun of Alabama isn't it? Your rocket scientists seemed to like it just fine after WWII. Does it bother you that your country is responsible for the popularity of David Hasselhoff?  Wink



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 5):
Gee, maybe because it's an AMERICAN audience, and those who produce it think it might go over better?

Its not only Americans who watch the show. Its very popular here in Oz too. Interesting though..they let Jesse Spencer (Dr Chase) speak with his native (Australian) accent, but House pulls of that American accent very well.

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 6):
No Such Member Bofredrik
There is no such username registered in the Airliners.net discussion forum.

I'm getting the same error.



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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5430 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
2. Can you hear that his actually is not a native american when he play
in "House"?

Nope, he pulls it off perfectly.

Go America!!!


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User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Quoting T773ER (Reply 8):

OK.
Thanks for the answers.
I am not anti USA.
I am anti US politics.
But i love many things about USA.
I have been there 7 times.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
It's no different to Leonardo DiCaprio and his South African accent in Blood Diamond, or Gwyneth Paltrow's English accent in Sliding Doors or Naveen Andrews' Middle-Eastern accent on LOST.

Quite so. In fact, the most surprising example of someone pulling off a perfect English accent was perhaps Marlon Brando.

Actors take jobs where they can. There are lots of jobs in the US. The only time you ever wonder why producers do it is when the actor in question is palpably unable to maintain an accent and it veers all over the place.



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 11):
Its not only Americans who watch the show. Its very popular here in Oz too.

That's where I got introduced to the show. It was a welcome break from the nonstop soccer, rugby, and cricket action on 9 out of the 12 channels I had on my hotel TV. For whatever reason back home the show was on at a bad time for me and I hadn't watched it. When I got home I searched it out on Fox for new ones and USA for syndication. Good stuff.

Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 15):
I am not anti USA.
I am anti US politics.
But i love many things about USA.

Hands down one of the funniest things and biggest lies I have read on A.net.



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 16):
Actors take jobs where they can.

And very often, it works to their benefit. Take Michelle Ryan, for example. She started life as a second rate actress on a second rate soap - she played Zoe Slater on EastEnders.

Now, she is an excellent actress playing a smoldering, sexy Jamie Sommers in 'Bionic Woman'. And she plays her with an American accent. I'm certain it will be a launch pad for greater things for her.


User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 16):
The only time you ever wonder why producers do it is when the actor in question is palpably unable to maintain an accent and it veers all over the place.

You mean like Taggart's (Matt Frewer) Australian accent on Eureka? One of my favorite shows on SciFi, but I swear I have to mute every time he comes on.



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 19):
You mean like Taggart's (Matt Frewer) Australian accent on Eureka? One of my favorite shows on SciFi, but I swear I have to mute every time he comes on.

No, not really. It's pretty much understandable to employ a local actor to play someone foreign - everyone does that and most times the domestic market don't really notice, or don't have the experience to tell how good that accent is. What puzzles me is why an American TV or film company will employ a Briton to play an American when they can't do the accent very well. Michael Caine springs to mind here. If I wince when I hear it, God knows what it's like for an American viewer. Especially when EVERYONE knows what his real voice is like.



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User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 20):


Or things like Kevin Costner in Robin Hood, sounds pretty out of place. Didn't he even try to do a British accent? Robin of Locksley sounds more like Robin of New Jersey, but then half the cast sound like they came from Somerset rather than Nottinghamshire.



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 21):
Or things like Kevin Costner in Robin Hood, sounds pretty out of place. Didn't he even try to do a British accent? Robin of Locksley sounds more like Robin of New Jersey, but then half the cast sound like they came from Somerset rather than Nottinghamshire.

Yes, well that film got off to a pretty piss-poor start when they show him arriving at Dover and saying he would be in Nottingham that night. What was he going to do, fly there or something?



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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 21):
Or things like Kevin Costner in Robin Hood, sounds pretty out of place. Didn't he even try to do a British accent? Robin of Locksley sounds more like Robin of New Jersey, but then half the cast sound like they came from Somerset rather than Nottinghamshire.

From one of my favorite Robin Hood movies. . .
Prince John: And why should the people listen to you?
Robin Hood: Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1931 times:
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Quoting Cfalk (Reply 4):
Blackadder II (Prince Otto, wasn't it?),

Lord Percy LOL



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User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1931 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 17):
Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 15):
I am not anti USA.
I am anti US politics.
But i love many things about USA.

Hands down one of the funniest things and biggest lies I have read on A.net.

And you let him in 7 times !!!  Big grin



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 24):
Blackadder II (Prince Otto, wasn't it?),

Lord Percy LOL

Nope, Percy was played by Tim McInnerny.

The episode was "Chains", from Blackadder II. It was the first appearance of Laurie, and he became a regular in the series for the next two seasons.

Sorry, Laurie played Prince Ludwig, not Otto.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/blackadder/episodes/two/two_chains.shtml

[Edited 2007-10-09 14:36:05]

User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7345 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
2. Can you hear that his actually is not a native american when he play in "House"?

If you, or anyone, came every come up with a native american english accent - I'd love to hear it.

The English spoken in the US is quite varied and regionalized.

Laurie does try to hit the US midwestern accent which is the most common one used by actors and other performers. And does it very well.

Actually, he does it better than many of the other actors/ actresses on the show and other shows who were raised in the US. You can often hear their regional accents.

(BTW the term Native American is now used to describe the people and many different languages once called American Indian)


User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

Add Emma Thompson to the list as well. She played Hillary in the film Primary Colors. Did a good job too, though I did notice her accent slipped occasionally.

Charles, SJ



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

Quoting Ctbarnes (Reply 28):
Add Emma Thompson to the list as well. She played Hillary in the film Primary Colors. Did a good job too, though I did notice her accent slipped occasionally.

Not just her in that film. Adrian Lester is British as well.



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1782 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 18):
Now, she is an excellent actress playing a smoldering, sexy Jamie Sommers in 'Bionic Woman'. And she plays her with an American accent. I'm certain it will be a launch pad for greater things for her.

Damn..I am liking this 'Bionic Woman'. Nice to see many BSG characters in it (especially Katie Sackhoff as the 'bad girl'). The second episode is on tonight Big grin



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25 Stokes : How about Damian Lewis in Band of Brothers? Great job. In Dreamcatcher, he switches American to British accent depending on whether he is the good guy
26 Post contains images BristolFlyer : If he drops his British accent what accent would he have after that? I mean, he is British after all.
27 Braybuddy : I honestly don't know why Hollywood bothers to employ non-American actors to play Americans. Apparently Steven Spielberg gave Colin Farrell an Irish b
28 Post contains images Banco : Not just him. Dexter Fletcher in that one too. Nah, long before that. It'll be for several reasons, I would think. One is that the foreign accent aut
29 Cfalk : It's an interesting question, and I think it stems from much farther back in Hollywood. In early films, they made it very easy to tell the good guys
30 Banco : He nicked the entire battle sequence at the end from The Dambusters - including most of the dialogue.
31 CupraIbiza : As an Aussie I was amazed to hear the kid who plays Harry Potter deliver a flawless Aussie accent in some movie he just released. Dont know the name
32 A340Spotter : Thinking of a couple other recent performances where the accents completely disappear: Anthony LaPaglia (AUS) playing the lead in Without a Trace. Nev
33 IFEMaster : Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man did a good New England accent. Another facet to this debate is regional accents. For example, Mark Wahlberg in The Dep
34 Banco : Add to that just about the entire (American) cast of This is Spinal Tap, who pulled off south London accents almost perfectly.
35 Braybuddy : I agree. It's terribly distracting listening to an actor who can't get his accent right. Mind you, it can be done. I was bowled over by Chirs O Donne
36 GQfluffy : Of course, you do know that she is southern...
37 CupraIbiza : Thats because for all intents and purposes he is now American! He has lived there for around 20 years I think and now speaks with a cringe inducing c
38 ExFATboy : Speaking of English accents and Battlestar Galactica, it wasn't until I saw an interview after the first season ended that I found out Jamie Bamber (
39 IFEMaster : Yes, but her natural voice doesn't have nearly as much 'twang' to it. She's from Louisiana and June Carter Cash was from Virginia (although spent a l
40 Banco : His Dad's American though, so you'd imagine he wouldn't have had a problem with the accent anyway.
41 Maverick623 : I thought he was from Boston?
42 Agill : Like Jessica Alba.. and.... other things. I like how english speaking actors seem to switch between accents so efffortlessly. Thats something I reall
43 Springbok747 : He's American. He was born in ADL, but hes been in the US for 20 something years...so that makes him an American. He can't speak with the Aussie acce
44 Banco : Of course. But if you've lived with someone almost all your life, it is much easier to be able to imitate their accent. That's what I'm getting at.
45 Maverick623 : Meh, everytime I go to the UK (about once a year) it takes me about a day to pick up on the accent. Never lived there or lived with anyone who talks
46 FlySSC : Oh my god !!! I can't believe nobody mentionned Joan Collins yet !
47 Andz : Oops
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