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  • Laactingnyc
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    I’ve been thinking about this recently, and i want to know if you are bothered when English/British accents are used when its not necessary in films. For example in almost all Ancient civilization films all of the greeks, egyptians, romans , ect… speak in a british accent! I know that the English language is a universal language but can’t the actors just speak in english with a roman/greek/egyptian…ect.. accent? I’m tired of seeing Jesus and roman emperors speak in a british accent! lol, what are your thoughts on this topic? 

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    nkb325
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    I know what you mean americans definitely seem to think of british as like the universal european accent so just anytime in history they give them a birtish accent. I also noticed in the commercials for the will smith movie after earth it sounded like they were putting on fake british accents. First of all the sounded god awful and second of all you don’t need to give an actor a british accent just to remind us theyre not in present day america. just let will smith speak in an american accent we won;t forget the movie doesnt take place in LA.

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    I hear the cast of Therese uses British accents, even though the story is set in France… 

     

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    Baby Clyde
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    Surely it’s because they’re speaking English.

    It makes much more sense for the whole cast to speak with a uniform, neutral English accent when speaking English, than to put on say an Italian accent when not speaking that language.

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    Well it’s actually pretty funny. I mean why americans even play british roles? LOL. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    Well it’s actually pretty funny. I mean why americans even play british roles? LOL. 

    …and vice versa. I’ve heard several British thesps butcher an American accent/southern accent. They cast based on who fits the role. Someone may have the accent naturally, but they might not fit the character or bring the element needed to that part. 

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    Tyjet
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    Pet-peeve: If you mean English when you say British then you should say English. The word “British” covers more than just England!

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    Pet-peeve: If you mean English when you say British then you should say English. The word “British” covers more than just England!

    That is so not changing anytime soon.

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    Tyjet
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    [quote=”Tyjetta”]Pet-peeve: If you mean English when you say British then you should say English. The word “British” covers more than just England!

    That is so not changing anytime soon.[/quote]No, but I’ll continue to educate the world one person at a time 🙂

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    Scoobysnacks
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    [quote=”black30″][quote=”Tyjetta”]Pet-peeve: If you mean English when you say British then you should say English. The word “British” covers more than just England!

    That is so not changing anytime soon.[/quote]No, but I’ll continue to educate the world one person at a time :)[/quote]
     
    I gotta ask, given the picture in your signature, what did you think of Anne Hathaway’s attempts in One Day, Becoming Jane, etc.? I seem to remember the first was where she was notably criticized.

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    Laactingnyc
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    I don’t mind it when american actors get british roles….. they are after all actors, aren’t they? lol. But so many Americans, Brits, and others just MESS UP!  

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    Bill Buchanan
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    [quote=”black30″][quote=”Tyjetta”]Pet-peeve: If you mean English when you say British then you should say English. The word “British” covers more than just England!

    That is so not changing anytime soon.[/quote]No, but I’ll continue to educate the world one person at a time :)[/quote]

    Every single british person I know call’s Queen’s english “British accent”. Are they all be wrong? I’m really curious now…

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    Baby Clyde
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    It’s not a British accent. It’s an English accent.

    There is no such thing as a British accent.

    Britain (Or rather the United Kingdon) is made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and people from each country speak with different accents.

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    Next English Accent: Amy Adams in American Hustle.

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