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Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?

 
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Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Come on Spielberg, Could you not find a good American actor? This isn't The Last of the Mohicans. The movie Abraham Lincoln is getting poor reviews.
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11/10/2012 06:58 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because they could find any Americans who were qualified for the job.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because they could(n't) find any Americans who were qualified for the job.
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couldn't

See?

We're morons
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because they could find any Americans who were qualified for the job.
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Unlikely. He could have found someone better suited to the job.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because he's the greatest fucking actor in the world, that's why.

And he's not American.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because they could(n't) find any Americans who were qualified for the job.
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couldn't

See?

We're morons
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LOL! Yes, most Americans are.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because he's the greatest fucking actor in the world, that's why.

And he's not American.
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Really? He is a decent actor, but "greatest"? You sir are trolling.
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11/10/2012 07:04 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because he's the greatest fucking actor in the world, that's why.

And he's not American.
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Really? He is a decent actor, but "greatest"? You sir are trolling.
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Just be glad he didn't hire a Mexican wetback for the role.
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11/10/2012 07:06 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because he currently is one of the best actors in the English speaking world.
Plus, being tall and thin he has the right build, something that even the best 5'2" actor just can't do.
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11/10/2012 07:07 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Come on Spielberg, Could you not find a good American actor? This isn't The Last of the Mohicans. The movie Abraham Lincoln is getting poor reviews.
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Good American actor? Lol.
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11/10/2012 07:09 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
maybe because they thought he was the best for the role?
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
The British play our presidents & our super-heroes. That's just how it ended up, really.
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11/10/2012 07:14 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
why did the have an american actress to play the Prime Minister?
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
The British play our presidents & our super-heroes. That's just how it ended up, really.
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Why is that?
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Come on Spielberg, Could you not find a good American actor? This isn't The Last of the Mohicans. The movie Abraham Lincoln is getting poor reviews.
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Good American actor? Lol.
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I guess they couldn't find a Hollywood Jew that was tall enough. verysad

It's too bad Bruce Willis is only 4'6", he'd have been great.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because the wookie wasn't available?
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because in today's America they would have had to have picked a black actor.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
why did the have an american actress to play the Prime Minister?
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Not sure. She did a good job though. Lewis sounds like a 10 year old. Lincoln was a great orator. I guess it is a sign of the times. The American time has come and gone. We really are an empty nation now.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
The British play our presidents & our super-heroes. That's just how it ended up, really.
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Why is that?
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Not really sure why, maybe casting directors feel they're less known so they seem like better actors to us Americans. I dont really know, just something I've noticed.
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11/10/2012 07:21 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Perhaps Spielberg was being ironic and the joke went over their heads..

or he had no clue himself.
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11/10/2012 07:22 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
they do this all the time. there is something behind it all. it's probably the COL saying, 'see, we're the ones in fucking charge REALLY!'
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Because in today's America they would have had to have picked a black actor.
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cruise
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11/10/2012 07:27 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
Whatever the reason from what I hear Daniel Day Lewis blew it out of the water.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
why did the have an american actress to play the Prime Minister?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9094168


Not sure. She did a good job though. Lewis sounds like a 10 year old. Lincoln was a great orator. I guess it is a sign of the times. The American time has come and gone. We really are an empty nation now.
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"10 year-old"?

I think your main problem is that you're unaware of the historical fact that Lincoln had a high-pitched voice. Lewis stayed true to history by trying to emulate that voice.
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11/10/2012 07:29 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
And not to mention everyone was British, essentially. Or French.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
why did the have an american actress to play the Prime Minister?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9094168


Not sure. She did a good job though. Lewis sounds like a 10 year old. Lincoln was a great orator. I guess it is a sign of the times. The American time has come and gone. We really are an empty nation now.
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"10 year-old"?

I think your main problem is that you're unaware of the historical fact that Lincoln had a high-pitched voice. Lewis stayed true to history by trying to emulate that voice.
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You are wrong. Do not get creative with history.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
And not to mention everyone was British, essentially. Or French.
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Here we go...
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11/10/2012 07:34 AM
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
“People said that his voice carried into crowds beautifully." That doesn't sound like someone with a high pitched voice.
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
why did the have an american actress to play the Prime Minister?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9094168


Not sure. She did a good job though. Lewis sounds like a 10 year old. Lincoln was a great orator. I guess it is a sign of the times. The American time has come and gone. We really are an empty nation now.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24090746


"10 year-old"?

I think your main problem is that you're unaware of the historical fact that Lincoln had a high-pitched voice. Lewis stayed true to history by trying to emulate that voice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27364929


You are wrong. Do not get creative with history.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24090746


Excuse me?

Being a great orator like Lincoln was does not require a deep voice.

Little Stephen Douglas had a baritone voice and tall Lincoln had a high voice. I know this for a fact.
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Not sure. She did a good job though. Lewis sounds like a 10 year old. Lincoln was a great orator. I guess it is a sign of the times. The American time has come and gone. We really are an empty nation now.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24090746


"10 year-old"?

I think your main problem is that you're unaware of the historical fact that Lincoln had a high-pitched voice. Lewis stayed true to history by trying to emulate that voice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27364929


You are wrong. Do not get creative with history.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24090746


Excuse me?

Being a great orator like Lincoln was does not require a deep voice.

Little Stephen Douglas had a baritone voice and tall Lincoln had a high voice. I know this for a fact.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27364929


Fact? Really? Considering the phonograph wasn't invented for another decade after Lincoln was around...
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Re: Why did they ask a British actor to play a great American President?
“People said that his voice carried into crowds beautifully." That doesn't sound like someone with a high pitched voice.
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Spielberg and Lewis took a risk by using a high voice since most people are IGNORANT of the fact that that's the way he sounded. I think it's fantastic they did that and it's a shame that bothers some people.

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