Why it matters that FX’s ‘Tyrant’ didn't cast a Middle Eastern actor in its lead role

June 24, 2014 4:08 PM

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Why it matters that FX’s ‘Tyrant’ didn't cast a Middle Eastern actor in its lead role

In reviews, podcasts and tweets, it has become common in recent years for me to lament the influx of British and Australian actors masquerading as Americans, all perpetrating the same flat, generic accents as if Americans all come from the same state, which is no state at all, but rather some nether-region dialect coaches call Mid-Atlantic or something.

I take semi-feigned umbrage at this infiltration and I am, indeed, a bit irked that a good 75 percent of the Brits and Aussies are trapped by exhaustively studied, but ultimately affectless accent work that leads them to give robotic performances they'd never tolerate from themselves in their native...

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