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When it comes to American TV or films, English actors/characters often get cast as the bad guy. Why do you think this is?

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Because Americans think they are the best!!
When the English make FAR better shows...
by Finy
I don't know why English characters are so often the bad guy. Maybe because Americans like to make themselves the good guy?
Because to the American ear, the Brittish accent sounds weird (snobby & evil). That's why in the old films, the Nazi mastermind often spoke with a very clipped 'educated' English accent (which is so hilarious, when you think about it).
Is a bit ironic.
Because a Brit actor is soooo good at whatever role they play!

Most of them have been through RADA, & many through RSC as well.
Can't beat 'em! They leave US actors' for dead, in ANY character!
There's something scarier about a bad guy who's less emotional, more intelligent, well-spoken & well-dressed, which a lot of these stereotypes are. Take for example, Gus off Breaking Bad. He's not English but I think it works from the same premise.
English actors have great depth of realism, perhaps this is why they play villains so well.
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