“A British actor shouldn't be playing the part of an American President.”
This is a gem I overheard at work this morning during a discussion I was having, with a totally different person, about Daniel Day-Lewis winning his 3rd Best Actor Award for his role in
Let’s explore this a bit deeper:
2011 – Jean Dujardin, a Frenchman won for his role in the Artist. In the role, he presumably plays an American…though, (spoiler) as it turns out he was in fact French all along. So a Non American won the award.
2010 – Colin Firth, a Brit won for his British portrayal of British King George in The King’s Speech. It should be noted that Firth is married to an Italian woman who didn’t speak English when they met. In fact he learned to speak Italian to be able to communicate with her…talk about the “King” of speech. So a Non American won the award.
2009 – Jeff Bridges, an American won for his ‘MERICAN performance as a country singer in Crazy Heart. The dude abides.
This means it’s been 3 years since an American won the Best Actor Award…meaning sometimes, there are better actors than those born and raised on the continental U.S.A.
So what’s with the Xenophobia? Which is the 2013 P.C. way of saying “racism.”
Jean Dujardin, isn’t best friend with a dog, Colin Firth, isn’t a King and Jeff Bridges, isn’t a washed up country star (though he probably could be). It’s acting. Pretend. Make believe. Why should it make who plays the part?
Let go EVEN deeper:
2008 – Sean Penn won the Oscar for playing a gay man. He’s been married to Madonna and Robin Wright. My understanding is he’s straight. Acting.
2007 – Daniel Day-Lewis (the cause of all of this drama) won for There Will Be Blood. Lewis has never discovered oil, nor was he alive in 1902 when the film took place. Acting.
2006 – Forest Whitaker won for playing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. The man was in Good Morning
hardly a dictator. Acting.
How about an American playing another Nationality? Like, Meryl Streep in 2011 as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. This is a VERY powerful woman in British political history, Streep would go on to win the Best Actress award for the role. AMAZING Acting.
In the end, I could careless what nationality a person is, as long as they are the best person for the role. Don’t agree? Ask South African Charlize Theron if actors should ONLY be allowed to play characters of their same nationality.
She might agree with you if you bring up Reindeer Games. Acting?