Honestly–a proper British accent? Tell me it doesn’t make the person sound automatically smarter. You know it’s true.
I spent a semester in London during college, and I suppose some of my UK love comes from there. I also have a father who really likes English literature, so that doesn’t hurt. And what young Christian doesn’t adore C. S. Lewis?
The greatest source of my attraction to the British intonation, however, comes from all those great actors in the films and shows I love. From a young age I heard Grand Moff Tarkin and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Captain Picard’s Shakespearean pronunciation was foundational for both my love of Star Trek and the “Sceptered Isle.” Need I mention James Bond, The Lord of the Rings, Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica, the or recent über-cool incarnation of Doctor Who?
Recent news promises more. Much more. I’ve long been a fan of Sherlock Holmes, and have especially liked the modern-day adaption the BBC is running. It’s clever and interesting. The actors are great…and now they’re getting their due in two large projects I’m sure to love: The Hobbit and the sequel to J. J. Abram’s Star Trek. Martin Freeman (Dr. Watson) will be playing Bilbo Baggins, while Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) will be the yet-to-be-determined villain facing off against James T. Kirk and company.
If the entertainment world desired to wean me from all things English, they’re certainly doing a poor job of it. Where are the good old American Harrison Ford’s? Where are the plethora of quirky German actors ? (Austrian Christolph Waltz excepted.) Missing in action, it seems…and aptly covered by heroic Jedi, villainous bad guys, and–oh yes–faithful butlers to Dark Knights everywhere.