raptornx01 wrote:for the comments at about Vimes and American Vs English. to be honest, why does he have HAVE to be English at all? it for one, being a fantasy world, and two, it's not like the arguments about a character who was black, or asian being played by a white guy or someone else.
For me it's essential that the Discworld have an English accent (okay, not in BangBangDuck or Howandaland, but you know what I mean). It's true that it's pure fantasy. But the tone of the narration is so British and the characters are written with such an English accent (or rather range of British accents) that to have an American accent in an adaptation just seems utterly bizarre. To me it would sound as weird as having American characters in Lord Of the Rings.
And I think it changes the essential tone of the thing: for instance, an American Vimes becomes too slick, too Marlowe-esque.It reminds me of when they talked about making an American version of Spaced a few years ago (you can see clips of the pilot online). IT wasn't a bad attempt, but there was something fundamental to the show in its Britishness: it was a response to all those slick American shows like Friends. The joke was these big Hollywood tropes playing out in a grubby North London flat. Once you move the show to America, it loses that whole juxtaposition.
The default accent for fantasy is English (even where the author is American, see Game Of Thrones) and the reason, I think, is partly because British history often makes up a lot of the source material, and also the fact that these fantasy worlds are clearly analogous to a time before there WAS an American accent because Europe hadn't 'discovered' the Americas yet. Thereby American accents sound a bit too 'modern' to our ears... It's just one of those things: futuristic science fiction has an American accent, historical fantasy has an English accent
For instance, Marc Warren's Michael-Jackson-via-Johnnny-Depp's-Willy-Wonka accent always sounded a little out of place in the Hogfather adaptation. I think a consistency with the accents helps to ground the setting and make it feel more real.