Articles Tagged 'The Accent of Evil'

Alan Rickman’s Villain Image Dies Hard

Alan Rickman bristles a bit whenever anyone says he specializes in playing villains. The British actor made an appearance one night last week after a packed screening of Die Hard at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, where he’d just completed a sold-out run as star of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman. After watching Rickman’s performance […]

David Mitchell: UK Actors Should Stick to Villains, Not Superheroes

Leave it to David Mitchell, star of Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look, to give his own humorously cantankerous but thoughtful take on things. His target this week: Britain’s monopoly on America’s leading superhero roles. In his latest column for The Guardian, Mitchell suggests that, within the context of our China-led global economy, […]

Colin Quinn On The British Empire and The Accent of Evil (Video)

You may be asking, what does an American comedian like Colin Quinn have to say about Britishness? A lot, apparently. Quinn’s one-man show, the Jerry Seinfeld-directed Long Story Short, premiered in New York this summer, and in it, the former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor mused on many historical topics, including the rise and […]

The Accent of Evil: Your Favorite British Villains

Ahead of BBC AMERICA’s month-long Accent of Evil film series starting September 4th, I asked Anglophenia readers to reveal their favorite British, big-screen baddies. I’m loving some of the old school, B-movie choices that you’ve sent me alongside some more recent selections. Abelundercity on Twitter forwarded me a few great names, including Christopher Lee‘s long-running […]

British: The Accent of Evil

Ever wonder why ancient Romans in movies always have Oxbridge accents? Today, Slate.com has done a video slideshow on how Hollywood movies deal with the tricky situation of foreign speech: to subtitle or not to subtitle. As Slate notes, a British accent can often stand in for different foreign languages: “One of the more convenient, […]