Why British Actors Are So Popular In The U.S.

Let’s face it, British actors are super popular in the U.S., but why? Is it the accent, the acting, the good looks. Probably a combination of all.

It seems like there’s one under every rock. British actors are a hot commodity lately and very few movies don’t include one nowadays. We can call it the British invasion part deux.

Remember the days of the Beatles and all those classic rock bands that came from the other side of the Atlantic? Americans couldn’t get enough of their music or looks and a similar phenomenon is happening with British actors.

Some theorize that there are not enough talented actors in the U.S. to go around, hence, British ones get the parts and so American audiences get lucky enough to see one in every other big movie that hits theaters.

If you look at all the major films that have come out in the past few years, invariably you will find a British actor cast, either in a major role or as a supporting actor. Benedict Cumberbatch has gone from unknown in the U.S. to a household name, as have others such as Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).

Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock (BBC)

Series such as Downton Abbey and Sherlock draw in millions of viewers each week and keep them glued to their TVs. Same can be said about movies. Not only the dramas 12 Years a Slave (Cumberbatch), Gone Girl (Rosamund Pike) and Selma (David Oyelowo) starred British actors (all of whom got a nod from the Academy with nominations, but superhero blockbusters such as the Avengers (Tom Hiddleston) series and let’s not forget Man of Steel cast a Brit, Henry Cavill, to play the quintessential Superman.

The rise of British actors is nothing new and perhaps we just notice it now, more than before, but one thing is certain, with the use of computers the chance of one of them getting cast in a major film is bigger than ever. They don’t have to fly to a big studio in Los Angeles to audition, Skype will suffice, as many casting directors are accommodating to very busy schedules. Social media also helps the Brits put themselves out there and fans love that.

One thing that separates British actors from their American counterparts is their training. The majority of Brits are theater trained actors, some — like Luke Evans who is a rising star — come from musical theater. This gives them a completely different advantage and audiences notice. Americans are more rooted on emotion, while the Brits really study their characters.

Henry Cavill in Man of Steel

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel (Warner Bros.)

British actors are certainly all the rave in America, but that is not to say we don’t have quality performers on this side of the Atlantic. Think Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams. We could go on and on, but for some reason we are really liking the British invasion. The British are coming, the British are coming!

[Image via Working Title/Eddie Redmayne]

Gary Shore – An Up And Coming New Talent From Ireland – Director Of ‘Dracula Untold’

Gary Shore

A lot of us enjoyed watching Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans and Sarah Gaddon, but not many of us notice the names of directors of our favorite movies.

If you compare the amount of followers the director is left in the dust, behind his stars with only 1,223, so please find him at @garyshore81 According to IMDb “Gary Shore is a director hailing from Artane on Dublin’s North side.

Having studied film in GMIT and IADT, Ireland, and fine art at Central Saint Martins in London, Gary carved out a career as a high-end commercials director for some of the worlds biggest brands, before transitioning to film with his first feature, Dracula Untold. Gary first came to Hollywood’s attention in 2009 for a faux film trailer he directed called The Cup of Tears, which lead to a development deal with Working Title Films, and a subsequent three picture deal with Universal.”

Gary is not very active on his Twitter account, but he did a live Q & A on Twitter earlier this year where he answered patiently any question thrown at him with a surprising sense of humor spending over three hours with his fans. You can see all questions and his answers at this link created by a twitter account @saou_SJ

Currently Gary is working as a producer for ArtCastle Productions on a new project, a Horror Anthology called Holidays. He is also listed on Demanjo as a contributing director next to Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart and Matt Johnson among others. Each feature segment is based on a holiday such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Mother’s Day, and Gary’s contribution is very appropriate given his Irish heritage, St. Patrick’s Day!

Holidays The Movie

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Holidays The Movie

On IMDb Gary Shore is listed as having started filming for Holidays on May 5th 2015. With so many holidays included in the anthology one can only speculate on a release date. We wish Gary Shore best of luck for his new project. We also still hope for a sequel of Dracula Untold, even though he gave us little hope during his Q & A on Twitter, and look forward to his next tweet.

Luke Evans — A Look At His Unconventional Rise To Fame

Luke Evans movies

Luke Evans has been working hard and his efforts are certainly paying off if his latest movie roles are any indication.

Traveling the globe to promote his new and old films, the Welsh star is always a hit with audiences. He charms fans with his easy going personality and musical skills, which we will be able to finally enjoy on screen when he stars in the live-action Disney version of Beauty and the Beast.

Yes, in case you didn’t get the memo, he can sing. As a matter of fact he started his career in musical theater many years ago and used to grace London’s West End stages in the early 2000s in plays such as Rent, Taboo, Piaf, and others, until a Hollywood scout spotted him and he landed his first major movie role as the Greek god, Apollo, in Clash of the Titans (2010).

Coming from a modest upbringing in Wales, where he went door to door with his parents as a Jehova Witness, Luke Evans didn’t have an easy childhood and has confessed he was bullied at school, a topic which he has talked about publicly. Despite all the talk about his private life, we can safely say Luke Evans is adored by his fans. He truly is.

It’s not only his rugged good looks and talent that people are drawn to, Luke has a way of making fans feel like they’re good friends and spends some of his time patiently doing Q&As on Twitter. When he first joined the social media site, back in June 2011, he used to chat with them pretty often, while working non-stop on several movies, but he still finds time to post the almost weekly selfie and be gracious knowing fans are expecting something from him.

Some of his movies have not done well at the box office, but Luke Evans has almost unanimously receives good reviews for his performances, which are varied and eclectic. He has played two Greek gods — Apollo and Zeus in Immortals (2011), the musketeer Aramis in The Three Musketeers (2011), an international criminal in Fast & Furious 6, a blood-thirsty psychopath in No One Lives, a dragon slayer in The Hobbit Trilogy, a train robber in The Great Train Robbery, and the daddy of all vampires in Dracula Untold, among others.

Luke Evans Dracula Untold

Luke Evans as Vlad the Impaler in Dracula Untold (Universal)

Fans clearly can’t get enough of the handsome Welsh and Luke Evans is set to continue to grace big screens all around the world with his very interesting role choices. After Immortals — for which he was seen wearing a skirt — Luke has transformed his body and become ripped in order to take on the very physical roles he plays. Luke said that his fitness regimen is now a part of his daily life and he follows a strict diet and exercise plan.

Aside from Beauty and the Beast, Luke is taking a break from big blockbusters to focus on the lesser budget films including, High Rise (alongside Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons), SAS: Red Notice where he will put on the military uniform, Message from the King, and Free Fire.

Luke got a late start in the Hollywood scene, but is catching up and studios are paying attention. With a steady flow of good scripts, the 36-year-old is keeping busy and keeping fans happy with his on screen appearances and is even playing leading men.

Luke Evans has several roles in the pipeline and is currently training to play Tom Buckingham in SAS: Red Notice, while “having the time of his life.” Luke is one of those actors who can literally play any role they put in front of him and we have confidence his career will only continue to grow in the coming years.

[Image via Luke Evans/BBC]

#WelshProblemsDay Hashtag Trending On Twitter

We all love our favorite Welsh actors such as Christian Bale, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Jones and, more recently Taron Egerton and of course Luke Evans!
So we noticed an amusing hashtag trending on Twitter in the United Kingdom #WelshProblemsDay!

Welsh Translations

#WelshProblemsDay translation

Wondering if @TheRealLukevans ever had any of these issues growing up, here are some example of the many tweets:

Since new actors from Wales caught our attention recently, we are all interested in learning more about this beautiful part of England. We are admiring Welsh Castles, noticing the romantic beaches and smiling about these little quirks and unique “problems” like a delay in train traffic because of sheep!

Welsh Problems

Welsh Problems

British Actors To Follow On Twitter — Who Are The Best?

British actors Twitter

British actors have invaded American cinemas and left a lasting impression on U.S. fans, who seem to adore anything that comes from across the Atlantic. Many of them use Twitter on a regular basis, but who are the best to follow?

When a popular actor with a large fan base joins Twitter it’s a happy days for the fandom — we’re not sure how the actor feels. Many have misgivings and some have sworn never to join social media for several reasons, most of which have to do with their privacy.

Of course, it’s up to the actor himself, how much he or she shares, but let’s face it, if you’re on Twitter, you are most likely to share than not and your fans will love you for it. So let’s take a look at who you should be following, if you’re new to Twitter and looking for lovely British actors.

LUKE EVANS

Luke is as lovely as they come and his fans are lucky to have him on Twitter. He is generous with his selfies and keeps everyone updated as to what he’s up to, except when he’s on location, which has been often these past few years.

After his career took off, he has been working non-stop and as a result, his fanbase has grown exponentially. He has participated in several Q&As for his latest films and is always willing to share little bits of his life, which his adoring fans love. He’s one of the best. Follow @thereallukevans (yes, one ‘e’ is missing).

RICHARD ARMITAGE

After being begged for years, Richard finally joined Twitter on his birthday in 2014 much to his Army’s surprise. The tall, handsome Brit had forsworn joining social media and sharing what he was having for lunch.

But for some reason he caved and Twitter was in a frenzy on that special day. Now he has turned into a pro, sharing selfies of different locations he finds himself in, as if he had always been around. We’re not sure who is giving him lessons, but kudos. The Armitage Army couldn’t be happier to have @RCarmitage.

TOM HIDDLESTON

A.k.a Loki (Thor) is one of the most beloved British actors on Twitter. Anywhere he goes and whoever he meets, Tom Hiddleston, doesn’t fail to make a great impression because of his modesty and good humor.

We can’t say he’s an avid user, but Tom most definitely keeps fans up-to-date on his whereabouts and his fans couldn’t be more grateful. Someone recently dubbed Tom’s fans the nicest bunch he had met. A reflection of @twhiddleston surely.

DAN STEVENS

Dan is one of the best British actors to follow, even though he doesn’t tweet as often as he used to back in his Downton Abbey days and who can blame him. With a very busy career and two young kids at home, he surely doesn’t have time for Twitter anymore.

However, when he does, he always has something interesting to say about a new role. Dan is a smart cookie and his very British sense of humor certainly shines through in his tweets don’t miss @thatdanstevens.

EMMA WATSON

The former Harry Potter star is also an avid user and she also keeps a very popular Facebook page in which she shares her U.N Ambassador Goodwill Ambassador and Women’s Equality happenings, as well as what’s going on with her career.

After the announcement of her casting as Belle in the live-action Disney version of Beauty and the Beast she warmly welcomed her co-stars as their own announcements became official. Who couldn’t love @emwatson?

TOM MISON

Even though Tom’s been quite politically outspoken lately, he’s a good one to follow on Twitter and if you’re a fan of his Sleepy Hollow then you will want to see what the the period drama favorite is up to.

We wrote about politics, actors, and social media before and if you’re not too turned off by that, make sure to check out Tom @TomMison.

IAN MCKELLEN

He is a classic and we’re lucky to have Sir Ian on Twitter. McKellen tweets frequently and has more than 2 million fans following him. That’s impressive.

Despite being 75-years-young, Ian McKellen still acts in movies regularly, including reprising his Lord of the Rings role for director Peter Jackson in The Hobbit trilogy. Follow this interesting character @IanMcKellen.

ANDY SERKIS

His career is finally taking off and after starring in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as the CGI charachter, Gollum, Andy Serkis is sharing his adventures on Twitter and fans love it.

With appearances in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Serkis is one to watch and follow @andyserkis, you’ll have some good laughs.

The list goes on and it depends of what sort of movie you’re into, but following British actors on Twitter is certainly a fun thing. Some very popular ones — such as Henry Cavill, a.k.a Superman — are not on this list because they are not on social media. Don’t be fooled, if there’s not a blue check mark next to their names it’s not them. Many of these actors have several fan pages where you can also keep up-to-date with their latest projects.

Do you follow any other British actor on Twitter? Do share!

[Image courtesy of Luke Evans/Whosay]

The Softer Side Of Social Media: The Moving Story Of Simon Skyfall

Simon Skyfall cancer

We have written previously about the down side of Social Media, and the reasons why an actor or director might leave Social Media altogether. But besides connecting an actor to his fans, there is also another, softer, more personal side to a Social Media platform like Twitter.

We recently connected with Simon Skyfall, “an actor, Equity member, Pilot, FSX nutter, lover of aviation, Arsenal fan, and lazy Writer.” Asked why he calls himself Simon Skyfall he explains on his website.

“As you can see from this screen shot of the 2013 massive James Bond hit film Skyfall, I was a supporting artist who was lucky enough to have been featured in three shots in the James Bond movie. That’s me with the goatee beard looking very serious, but inside I could not stop screaming ‘I’m in a James Bond film!'”

Simon Pal in Skyfall

Simon in James Bond film Skyfall

Simon was also featured in Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold alongside Luke Evans. He is a Pilot’s License Trainee and according to his Twitter page bio “Oh Yea nearly forgot, have cancer,never mind.” Born in England 1966, he was “given the wonderful 48th birthday present of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.”

But instead of being negative he sees this as an opportunity to reach out to others, people in the same situation as himself, who need support. He is writing in his blog about his career, life, family, and his treatment to “get it out there as a part of my therapy to make sense of my life and my illness. Hope you don’t mind.”

Simon enjoys the support he receives from his followers on Twitter and writes on his blog, “Another thing that has really lifted up my spirits is the social media platform of Twitter. I have had such a fantastic response on this and have so many fabulous and caring followers its an absolute joy to use, so I really recommend you if you haven’t already to sign up and join in the fun, there are so many good, kind and warm hearted people out there you can connect to.”

Simon only tweeted yesterday about having been very ill, but all the kind follows and tweets really helped him to get through the day. One follower in particular put, according to him, “a massive smile on his face” through her hard work trying to get more people to follow this inspirational person! Even bad days like these make him “appreciate the good days far more; to fight to have more of them. It’s going 2 b ok”.

We were so impressed by his positive attitude that he kindly allowed us to share his story. “It would be a privilege and an honor to be a part of this and being able to help out.” To find out more about this amazing man and how he is taking his life one day at a time, take a look at his blog and follow him on Twitter to support his fight against cancer.

[Image via Simon Skyfall]