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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Game of Accents

Tonight, "Game of Thrones" (probably the second best show on television) returns.  The show features something truly unique in the realm of modern television.  I speak neither of dragons nor of gratuitous nudity, but rather of the truly unique sight of an American actor cast in the role of an Englishman!  (Well, OK, strictly speaking a Westerosian, but same difference, really.)  Ever since Hugh Laurie first brayed his way across the screen in "House," American television has been inundated by Brits with the uncanny ability to do perfect American accents.  Did you know all of these performers are Brits or Aussies: Damian Lewis ("Homeland"), Andrew Lincoln ("The Walking Dead"), Rose Byrne and Anastasia Griffith ("Damages"), Joseph Fiennes ("American Horror Story").  Why isn't Congress taking up the cause of American actors displaced from juicy roles by classically-trained British interlopers?

At any rate, thank God for Peter Dinklage, who appears to be the one American actor deemed worthy enough to make the reverse trans-Atlantic crossing.  And it's not just some token role, either.  How good is Dinklage, who plays the Machiavellian dwarf, Tyrion Lannister (also probably the second best character on television)?  He's actually seven feet tall!  You go, Peter!  USA!  USA!

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