12:28 PM, 30 May 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch's recent portrayal of villain John Harrison in Star Trek is just one in a long line of British baddies in Hollywood and the Sherlock star recently explained his theory as to why the Americans seem to enjoy casting us as villains.
“We sound our consonants a lot more which usually means intelligence and thoughts and manipulation – the colder edge of reason – rather than emotion which is all vowels, which is American,” he told Absolute Radio.
But Cumberbatch's compatriot and fellow actor Tom Hollander disagrees, believing instead that America’s stereotyping of British actors boils down to the history of our conflict with the United States which ended with US independence in 1776:
“With respect to Ben, it’s because we are seen in America as baddies as a nation,” Hollander told The Telegraph. “It’s because we were their oppressors once, and they had to fight us off, so the sound of our voices brings all that back and they hear evil.”
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