I'm curious as to what the Brits think regarding BBC television shows that use British actors to portray American characters.
I just finished watching Jekyll w/ James Nesbit and found myself cringing at several portrayals of American's in the series. Linda Marlowe and Paterson Joseph play two of the antagonists who represent members of some sort-of evil research company and WOW did their American accents stink. Was it noticable for those of you across the pond?....or did they just sound like....Americans. I'm curious!
Same I thought was true of the characterizations of Lazlo and Tallulah in 'Daleks in Manhatten' - and those actors were trying for not only American accents, but American 'Brooklyn' accents. I know they are trying - but some British actors can pull off a good American accent while others miserably fail. Another portrayal short of the mark was Van Statten from 'Dalek' - ouch painful.
Is it that hard to find an actual American to portray an American these days? I guess it has something to do with being a member of the BBC actors guild or something like that.
Now there have been a few good portrayals. John Barrowman's Captain Jack and Nicola Bryant's 'Peri' are very much passable! Also Hugh Laurie in 'House' comes off pretty good too.
Now how about you Brits? Any American TV shows come to mind with characters that attempt British accents and come out sounding like characters from a Monty Python sketch? What's all this then - Say no more! Say no more!