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Why so many non-Americans in US TV shows?

 
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 6:37 pm    Post subject: Why so many non-Americans in US TV shows? Reply with quote

House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOkZjwE4vJE&feature=related

The Wire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXtORMmePCI

The Walking Dead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOuB-3qcv-4

Well, there's a few at least. What I want to know, really, is if these guys get to be actors in the US, then why can't I be a TEFL teacher there too?!
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's obvious: there's so much demand for television stars that the US can't grow enough of them at home, so they get special visa exemptions. Just like engineers in France and air traffic controllers in the Middle East.

Can you act? Come on over! Confused Very Happy

Alternatively, you could consider television commentary. CNN could use an addition to Piers Morgan and Richard Quest.
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MotherF



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a Scottish guy in the Good Wife too.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A shame that so many have to adopt an American accent, though. Hugh Laurie's is more American than his co-stars! Also Anna Friel, Emily Lloyd and Bob Hoskins come to mind (some of them in movies, I know).
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
That's obvious: there's so much demand for television stars that the US can't grow enough of them at home, so they get special visa exemptions. Just like engineers in France and air traffic controllers in the Middle East.

Can you act? Come on over! Confused Very Happy

Alternatively, you could consider television commentary. CNN could use an addition to Piers Morgan and Richard Quest.


Not enough Americans who can act? Surely not? Do those who are without an Equity card all try their luck in the EU, I wonder?

Can I act? Of course! We in the Motherland have the best training for actors in the world! Surely you know this already?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nWPv9xkvZ0
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choudoufu



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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 10:54 am    Post subject: Re: Why so many non-Americans in US TV shows? Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
.......why can't I be a TEFL teacher there too?!



'cause US universities are already chock full o'commies!!
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not as much as the White House, hyuck hyuck!
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scot47



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I think we should only have Americans on TV. We all know that non-Americans are not fully human - especially the ones that talk funny.
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wangdaning



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even many of the "Americans" tend to hold dual citizenship.
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