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  • VanHeflin
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    #176778

    Why so many? Enough! Buy American! 

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    babypook
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    Are you insane VanHeflin?

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    Nessie
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    I’m a Brit, Pook, and I agree with him. It is very generous of Americans to welcome with open arms every British TV actor like he’s the second coming of Daniel Day Lewis, but this has to be exasperating for American actors desperate for work. It isn’t fair because in the UK, no way would so many American actors ever be allowed to have work permits. Just would not happen.

    I suppose part of it is that British actors get lower salaries and that keeps costs down. But I really don’t understand how so many are allowed to work in the US. Americans seem to be impressed because they get their training in acting schools, but personally I hate “acting school acting”, it’s all technique and no heart. I love American actors and each time I see a British actor now, cast as an American, I feel embarrassed. I loved Amy Poehler’s joke at the GGs about Brits forcing their American accents!

    I used to be proud so many Brits were making it in the States, but now it almost seems a bit like they are “scabs” and offensive to my socialist sensibilities. Some union lines must have been crossed…

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    I’m a Brit, Pook, and I agree with him. It is very generous of Americans to welcome with open arms every British TV actor like he’s the second coming of Daniel Day Lewis, but this has to be exasperating for American actors desperate for work. It isn’t fair because in the UK, no way would so many American actors ever be allowed to have work permits. Just would not happen.

    I suppose part of it is that British actors get lower salaries and that keeps costs down. But I really don’t understand how so many are allowed to work in the US. Americans seem to be impressed because they get their training in acting schools, but personally I hate “acting school acting”, it’s all technique and no heart. I love American actors and each time I see a British actor now, cast as an American, I feel embarrassed. I loved Amy Poehler’s joke at the GGs about Brits forcing their American accents!

    I used to be proud so many Brits were making it in the States, but now it almost seems a bit like they are “scabs” and offensive to my socialist sensibilities. Some union lines must have been crossed…

    Thanks for the response Nessie.

    Well, I’m a member of the Commonwealth, same as you. Does that count? Lol.

    I can understand your points, but I see it differently. I see  actors as part of a Global Community; not a Multinational Corporation or a Military Industrial Complex, turning others into enemies and taking the phud right out of people’s mouths. To me, those are the foreign invaders.

    We’re talking about Actors. People. Talent and ambition.

    So whenever Canadians, for example, have “American” acting jobs, and generally speaking nobody knows they’re Canadian (and they used to come to Vancouver to film a LOT and Alberta, Ontario etc too), everybody wins.

    jmho.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    As a fellow Canadian, it might just be our warped impression of the world that we don’t care about foreign workers coming to work in another country. I literally see it everywhere, so I especially don’t care when it comes to movies. If they can adjust enough to be convincing, like Oyelowo this year, or Hawkins last year, then who cares? I remember that Cumberbatch was super distracting in August: Osage County, but I’ve otherwise never had a problem with them coming over and getting roles. As long as we still get the quality British fare (just came back from Paddington, which I really enjoyed), then live and let live!

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    Tyler [Last Name]
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    It doesn’t matter WHERE they are from as long as they are GOOD AT ACTING.

    FYC: Ready Player One. Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Score, Production Design, Director and BEST PICTURE (make it happen Oscars!!)

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    VanHeflin
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    but the British don’t let you work there. 

    So we should do they same.  

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    GusCruz
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    This is a stupid discussion. It’s like when Sasha Stone says Linklater needs to win because four non-American directors have won in the past four years. He doesn’t need that; the work speaks for itself

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    ETPhoneHome
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    but the British don’t let you work there. 

    So we should do they same.  

    So, you look at a fault in the British studio system and decide that it’s a good idea to emulate it? Ok then.

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    Kyle Bailey
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    but the British don’t let you work there. 

    So we should do they same.  

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    VanHeflin
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    The last time 4 American Actors won was 1997!

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    This to me is as offensive as saying homosexual actors shouldn’t get as much work as the straight ones. Or actors from other races and cultures. Talent transcends these cultural boundaries. It shouldn’t be about where you come from or your past… it should be about who you are as an actor and how much you have to contribute to the craft. Last time I checked I still saw the entire Avengers heroes assemble being played by Americans with a British guy playing the villain… So there you go.

    You remind me of one of those infant youtubers who just got into puberty trying to talk about a matter they don’t seem to know much of. 

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    AviChristiaans
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    So…are we saying all foreign actors? Or just British Actors?

    Because it already is a struggle for foreign films/productions/performances to get the time of day in America. It has been discussed, debated, and cried over.

      VanHeflin, am i understanding your question: You are saying Americans shouldn’t give British actors work? Or American awards should stop awarding British films/actors?

    Because not all British films (or foreign films) are American productions. Meaning America “didn’t give them work”. American studios only distributed the film in America.
    And the argument that American actors don’t get work in Britian is WRONG. They do get. This year alone many Americans had starring roles in British films/ Television productions. Theatre ect. 
    The coin flips both ways though. 
     
    Once we head into this territory, it will become problematic.   

    Oh, and i’m African. From Africa.  And we  DON’T get work in America. And yes, Charlize Theron doesn’t count.

       

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    AMG
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    Before we start, apparently stating your nationality is needed in this post, so I’m British.

    Well, British actors are better than American ones in a lot of cases. Reason being that British actors’ bread & butter is the theatre and that really develops their skill in a way that is unmatched. Many Americans don’t have that background, so when it comes to casting higher profile, more awards-friendly roles, British actors are the ones who get the parts. And so they should.

    Also, do you begrudge the likes of  Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Noomi Rapace, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, for all being non-Americans but being successful in American films? 

     

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