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Do the British like American Actors?

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Do the British like American Actors?#1
Posted: 7/14/12 at 10:03pm
Or do they look down on them?
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Do the British like American Actors?#2
Posted: 7/14/12 at 10:13pm
Both, depending on who it is on either side.
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Posted: 7/15/12 at 10:24am
We find them very tasty with tomato sauce. (that's ketchup to you lot)

I'll attempt a serious actor: yes if they've proven their ability just like any of our home-grown talent. London has embraced Kevin Spacey (some more firmly than others, but that's another story) for his work at the Old Vic. Other American actors get rave-reviews in theatre, and several productions have 'imported' cast and all to great success.

We might not give the same accolades to a soap or sitcom actor coming over and trying to do Shakespeare but we'd do the same to similar 'native' talent.
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Posted: 7/15/12 at 10:29am
^ Love your profile picture. Love those two.
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Posted: 7/15/12 at 10:31am
They only look down on them if taller.
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Do the British like American Actors?#5
Posted: 7/15/12 at 10:56am
What is that?

It's Yank.
Try a little yank.
Oh, how yummy!
Not that one - he's rank.

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Do the British like American Actors?#6
Posted: 7/15/12 at 11:30am
Wynbish-thank you! I adore them too (particularly Cumberbatch!) currently writing a conference paper on Frankenstein too.

On a related note, we look down on British actors who decamp to the US for TV shows. Jonny Lee Miller I'm looking at you.....

We also frequently look down on our own actors. It's practically a National sport.
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Posted: 7/15/12 at 11:58am
I did a two hour round trip to see Frankenstein in a movie theater.

What about the whole "cracking America" thing? I have never understood it more than just becoming more internationally known. This is Jonny's third attempt at an American show, not even taking into account Dexter and any pilots that were not picked up (looking at you now, Tennant).
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Posted: 7/15/12 at 12:52pm
I do and always have. The child actors are brilliant too. And talking TV, American sitcoms are far superior to ours

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Posted: 7/15/12 at 2:50pm
I don't know why British actors have an obsession with cracking America. And talking of Tennant he's narrating a documentary on Sherk on my tv as I type. Oh dear (and I'm a massive Tennant fan!)

Cumberbatch on the other hand is seemingly cracking American slowly and steadily almost by default than design!

American sitcoms and their actors are a well oiled machine that I have great respect for, we just do our sitcoms slightly differently. And in some cases have stellar 'theatre' actors in them-Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker in 'My Family' spring to mind.

When big American film stars come over and do theatre they nearly always generate box office anyway, for better or worse.
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Posted: 7/15/12 at 3:11pm
Whilst My Family is very good, there's only a few laughs per page of the script, whereby American sitcoms are a laugh a line ...Two And A half Men for instance. Aren't American sitcoms written mainly by Jewish writers? The best humour in the world IMO. Jackie Mason? Hilarious and ultra funny/talented

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