Saturday, October 27, 2007

Return of the British Invasion

So I have been noticing a trend as of late with an influx of British talent to American shores. Example, Hugh Laurie on House M.D. is a brit. He was a part of Black Adder on BBC with people like Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson. Now he's an American diagnostician and multi-time Emmy nominee. Then, there's Michelle Ryan, the new, Bionic Woman. This is the most ironic, she was on Jekyll on the BBC only a couple months ago, and now is an American with super-abilities. In the most recent episode she was undercover, as a British college student...and a very convincing one at that. Damian Lewis plays Detective Charlie Crews on Life and before that he was on Band of Brothers...he too is a brit playing an American.
That's just television, in music we have the return of the British Invasion of the 60's. Artists like the fugly Amy Winehouse, Coldplay, My favorite band Bloc Party, Gorillaz, Muse and Imogen Heap are all from the land of the Union Jack.

And then there's what I call the British Uprising. This is basically an outsourcing of American actors taking roles as British characters. Most recently we have a horrible movie, Caffeine, where Americans played British coffee shop goers and workers. Some of the sucked something awful...One being Katherine Heigl. Then we've got TV. James Marsters and Alexis Denisof played British males in the Buffyverse. I guess people should try to do challenging roles, but it's like the illegal immigration issue. They take the jobs that others could possibly do.

1 comment:

  1. Caffeine was a poor movie, but Katherine Heigl was excellent. As a Brit her accent was perfect - even for the region her character was playing. As for the others...well the less said the better.