Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 09:06:19 -0500 From: Orin Hargraves Subject: British actors in US I would subscribe to the unpopular (in some quarters) opinion that Britis= h actors are of necessity simply trained better to imitate any number of accents than Americans are, and so generally succeed at American accents better than American actors do at British ones. A sidelight: in the current film "The Sweet Hereafter", Iain Holme flawlessly portrays a North American (is he American or Canadian? it's never clear) ambulance chaser and comes across convincingly in mannerisms= and accent, but slips up in a single line of dialog: he says *five MILES away*, with stress on the word *miles*, which is the British way, whereas= we would say *five miles AWAY*. Did his accent coach nod off? (Or do Canadians in fact say *five MILES away*)? Orin Hargraves OKH[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]