Tag Archives: Americans Pretending To Be British

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 13: The Beastie Boys

You know how this feature works. I pick an example of someone either trying a British accent or developing a snooty faux-English attitude, throw a few snarky lines around, giggle a bit and we all get on with our lives.

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 12: Mrs Doubtfire

Or Mrs Doubtful, as Scottish people have dubbed her. I mean who is this woman? Where is she from?

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 11: Lindsay Lohan

 

The producers of the 1998 Disney remake of The Parent Trap must have been terrified when they first started casting for a child actress who could pull off a decent English accent, especially knowing she would have to play against ...

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 10: Ross Geller

Always a hilarious bit of business for an American sit-com. If your character has nothing better to do, why not engineer a MacGuffin (incidentally, what is the verb involved with the creation of MacGuffin, do you suppose?

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 9: Gillian Anderson

Here’s a curious thing. For someone with a decent intimate working knowledge of both the upper-crust English accent and the accents of North-Eastern America, Gillian Anderson appears to have little or no control over which one ...

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 8: Stand-Up Comedy

Ah, stand-up comedy, how I love you. Where else can you bear witness to someone attempting to describe an idea no one even knew they thought, or express political thought in a puckish and teasing fashion, or to admit to an embarrassing ...

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 7: Spinal Tap

For reasons which are probably caught up in the 1970s and hedonism and Led Zeppelin and all that stuff, whenever Hollywood thinks about the classic rock star, it’ll be a cadaverous British guy, in black leathers, behaving like a ...

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 6: Adrien Brody

Spike Lee is quite a film-maker, is he not? Capable of stirring powerful emotions, capturing simmering tensions within communities and generally nailing the grit, spit and gittishness of city life.

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 5: The Beatles

Have you heard about this great lost cartoon band from the ’60s? They were called the Beatles, right, and they had some amazing songs.

Americans Pretending To Be British Part 4: Gwyneth Paltrow

Every high school has one: the student who loves old books and Brief Encounter, the bookish prig with the cut-glass accent who considers him or herself to be a cut above everyone else. The slightly pompous loner with the withering stare ...