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Hollywood English

Britons are the good guys, not villains, Mirren tells Hollywood - Times Online

From the aristocratic drawl of George Sanders as Shere Khan in The Jungle Book to the clipped vowels of Peter Cushing in Star Wars, the English accent has established itself as an essential prop for Hollywood baddies.

Villains are English, not British, it is never a softly spoken Scotsman or amiable rambling Welch, it is an RP speaking Englishman. How dare Dame Helen confuse us.


She has never watched any US prime-time medical show. OK, Hugh L on House has struggled to achieve a US accent, but at least two other shows this season have UK-accented doctors in charge. Tv rather than theatre, true, but having a non-US accent does not automatically class one as a villain.

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