There have always been stereotypes used in the storytelling in movies. After all, movies have a limited amount of time to tell the story, and the use of stereotypes is a great time saver, particularly in movies that focus on the action rather than characterization. I’ve noticed two new stereotypes that seem to be popping up a lot in American movies and television shows.
The Brit is the Bad Guy
I find a British accent sexy (my husband has a faint British accent from being schooled in British schools in Hong King). Apparently, this is not the case in America, who seem to think every villain should be British. I blame Alan Rickman, who plays a villain with real relish, such as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and…
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