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kmbboots
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quote:
Originally posted by paigereader:
The worst American accent I've heard a Brit do was on As Time Goes By. Yikes! Painful to think
they think we sound like that.

Oh, that was dreadful.
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Didn't Gwyneth Paltrow (oh, I mean Gwynet' "Ant'ony" Paltrow) pick up a faux British accent too?
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So did Madonna. Very, very faux.
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Ooooh a show in sydication (on lifetime) is Still Standing. Mark Addy (love him in The Full Monty)
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Another Walker sibling (Brothers and Sisters)is not American. The actor that plays Kevin is Welsh.
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Picking up parts of an accent after living somewhere for years isn't necessarily an affectation.
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It's more uncommon with adults but certainly not unknown.
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And if they consciously tried to mimic the speech patterns of where they live, that's no more of an affectation than consciously trying to avoid mimicing those speech patterns.
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I know I have a variable accent that changes depending on who I'm talking to. In some ways, it's an affectation, but I don't have a huge amount of control over it.
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I start to stutter if I talk to someone who stutters. I've offended people who thought that I was mocking them.
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quote:
Originally posted by twinky:
Kiefer Sutherland (better known as Jack Bauer) is also not American -- he's English born and Canadian-raised.

"English born" is not the same thing as "born in England." Sutherland is Canadian, as are both his parents.
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Idris Elba, who played drug lord Stringer Bell on "The Wire," said that when he talks to some American fans of the series he has to hide his British accent as to not break the illusion for them.

The lead cop character in the series is played by Dominic West, another UKer whose star is rising in Hollywood these days (he was snakey baddie in "300" and Jigsaw in the recent Punisher movie.) Anyway, I did not know that West was a Brit when I first started watching the series though this scene should have tipped me off:(language warning):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg_3ZSeHL4g

Another major character in the latter three seasons was an Irishman as well (I'm still shocked this person wasn't American.)

Worst of Brits Playing Americans: The movie "Dead Again."

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quote:
Originally posted by paigereader:
Another Walker sibling (Brothers and Sisters)is not American. The actor that plays Kevin is Welsh.

Yeah, but he sounds it.

His English is musical. [Smile] Or do I mean lyrical?

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quote:
Idris Elba, who played drug lord Stringer Bell on "The Wire," said that when he talks to some American fans of the series he has to hide his British accent as to not break the illusion for them.

The lead cop character in the series is played by Dominic West, another UKer whose star is rising in Hollywood these days (he was snakey baddie in "300" and Jigsaw in the recent Punisher movie.) Anyway, I did not know that West was a Brit when I first started watching the series though this scene should have tipped me off:(language warning):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg_3ZSeHL4g

Ha! I actually caught that moment (McNulty) when I first watched it.

But I never suspected Stringer was played by a Brit. He fooled me on The Office last night too.

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Jenna, are you somewhere between Tally and Jacksonville? I could see that being south Georgia, but I've never known anyone from there.
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Quote
Orlox:
Hugh Laurie in Black Adder. A classic British comedy series.

Edit for context.


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Cashew

Hugh Laurie IS British

Unquote

Sorry Orlox, I just read the context of your post and realised in my hurried first reading of it I TOTALLY misinterpreted what you were saying. Duh. Apologies.

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[Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by katharina:
So did Madonna. Very, very faux.

Read the thread before responding, Madonna was already mentioned.
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Ah, jebus. I see you've crawled out from under your bridge.
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Yes, and your clip-clopping has gotten me all aroused. Won't you come under my bridge with me so I can munch on you?
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With that kind of charm, I'll bet you get all the monsters.
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Which would explain the attraction, I suppose.
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Of you to me? You call the quasi-rape threat evidence of attraction? It is merely more evidence of your character.
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It IS kind of funny that in the same thread where you told someone to read the thread before posting YOU didn't read the thread before posting...

glass houses and all...

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In some ways, what's more striking about Hugh Laurie is not to see him playing an American (though he does it very well) but to see him playing a brilliant man after so many of his better-known comedic roles have had him playing idiots. It must be something of a relief.

There was an interview with Idris Elba on Fresh Air not long ago; amusingly, it sounds like the directors didn't even realize he was British until well after the auditions.

There was a funny moment in the outtakes for Intolerable Cruelty with Catherine Zeta-Jones stumbling over a particularly tongue-tripping passage and snarling, in her Welsh accent, "Oh, bugger!"

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quote:
Originally posted by katharina:
Of you to me? You call the quasi-rape threat evidence of attraction? It is merely more evidence of your character.

Someone who so freely references children's tales should remember the boy who cried quasi-wolf.
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You planning on making a real threat soon?
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No, see I don't take rape lightly, like for example accusing someone of it for making a lewd comment.
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Maybe you don't understand how using threats of sexual action to intimidate IS a quasi-rape threat.
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Threats? I thought it was an invitation. It was certainly phrased that way. But then, when you're looking to be intimidated, you'll find that intimidation anywhere.
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A sincere invitation? Or a sexual invitation that you knew would be distasteful and therefore issued in an attempt to repulse. That's what a rape threat is, jebus.
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I argue on the first count that I was attempting to repulse you (perhaps make you feel a bit uncomfortable, but I guess you'll see those as the same thing, though had your reply back been equally lewd you wouldn't have found me disappointed, only tickled) and on a second count that a comment made to repulse is a rape threat, especially one made through the internet with a physical distance of some several thousand miles between the two people.
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You were attempting to use the suggestion of sex to make me uncomfortable, to make me feel a certain way, and that way would be negative, repulsed, grossed-out. That's a rape threat. It's only quasi- because you are who-knows-where. It is still using sex to manipulate and intimidate in a negative way. That's what rape is.

Maybe you should reconsider using sex in a way intended to make women feel threatened and uncomfortable.

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It's only intimidating if you felt intimidated. If you did, I apologise. I also think you're an idiot for feeling intimidated by such a silly comment, but nevertheless I apologise for bringing forth those feelings in you.

There, see how mature I can be?

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I do appreciate that. Thank you. [Smile] That was very considerate of you. [Smile]
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Hugglez. [Wink]
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*laugh*
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Agree with Sterling on Hugh Laurie. He has had some goofy parts and quite a few of them in childrens movies. A lady I work with was watching House and her granddaughter walked into the room and said, "Look maw-maw! It's stuart little's dad!"
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