Superman, Spiderman, Vampires, Zombies and Harry Potter for crikey sake! All British actors. Gerard, Clive, Colin, Craig, Sean, Henry…..the list goes on for miles. They do great American accents, for the most part. They are everywhere! And unless you happen to see them on a talk show or doing an interview, you would have no idea they are British. And let’s not forget all the Aussies we have taken to our hearts…Mel, Russel, Nicole, the brothers Helmsworth to name just a few. But it’s the Brits for discussion today.
Which leads me to the next logical questions…..why choose British actors over American actors for American films? Are they better? Are American actors getting British film roles?
Not so much. It seems that Hollywood has been outsourcing their actors since the early days of film. Gone With the Wind, Wuthering Heights, North by Northwest, From Here to Eternity, A Star is Born, Frankenstein are just a few of the many classics produced in Hollywood containing prominent roles for British actors. We have not been as generous on the other side of the coin. Not many American actors fare well across the pond.
For producers doing the hiring, they’re simply looking for the strongest talent
and expect the American accent to follow. They feel the American actors just don’t seem as well-trained or as deep and complex.
Sounds like the American actors need to step their game up a bit to compete with the dearth of actors overseas that are more than happy to snap up any and all roles!