This is how stupid I am.
I’ve recently become enamoured of THE TUDORS, Showtime’s exciting series about, yes, -- the Tudors of English history. The first season begins with a very young Henry VIII womanizing his way around England, increasingly dissatisfied with his wife Katherine of Aragon, and actually having less wealth than some of his dukes and lords.
I’m familiar with the background because I did an extensive historical background when my students read A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, Robert Bolt‘s play about Sir Thomas More, King Henry, and the conflict with the Catholic Church -- a dramatic and passionate period of English history.
Now, the stupid part on my account was not being familiar with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers the young actor who plays Henry. And further, not knowing that THE DUDE’S IRISH!!!
Hello, I wouldn’t have waited until THE TUDORS came out on DVD if I’d realized Rhys-Meyers was IRISH.
Oh, and did I mention HE'S IRISH??!!
Be still, my beating heart.
That got me to thinking: is it all about the accent?
For sure if it’s Scottish, Irish, or British. Love those laddies.
And the Aussies too – hmmm, Russell Crowe, bad-boy Colin Farrell.
Does anyone NOT adore Gerard Butler or Clive Owen whom I fell in love with by watching a PBS mystery series called SECOND SIGHT where Owen plays an inspector losing his vision and trying to conceal it. Smexy man!
But some accents? Bleh!
Detective Andy Sipowicz from NYPD BLUE notwithstanding, does anyone love a true New York accent in a hero? Or heaven forbid, a heroine? Images of Fran Drescher anyone?
I never thought I’d go for the Scandinavian accents either – Dutch, Danish, Finnish. My sister-in-law is first-generation Danish and my brother calls her his Danish Danish. So not cool.
But, there’s a new show this season called NEW AMSTERDAM, featuring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Since I have no idea how to pronounce this Denmark star’s name, I’ll call him Nik. This guy grows on you like cute on a baby. I swear!
And if you listen carefully, you can hear his darling Danish accent peeping through his Americanisms. And after all, since NEW AMSTERDAM is the story of a 400-year-old immortal man named John Amsterdam settling in long-ago New York, it makes perfect sense that he’d have a lingering accent, right?
I’ve heard women say there are two things they can’t resist – a man in a skirt and a man with an accent.
What about you? Who's your favorite accented character -- man or woman, film or print?
Do non-Americans blather over Yank accents the way we do over European ones? Do you like that southern speech or the western drawl? The men can weigh in on this too. Do you like women with accents?