Some mundane and pointless (but film-related) that I must share:
I was watching Batman Begins the other night when it occurred to me that a lot of people in it are from the UK or Ireland. A few I didn’t know by name, but recognized them from various other things. Between them you almost have the full cast of characters you might actually be able to name from the film, and I’m sure a few of the other minor roles were filled with British and Irish people, too. Obviously the director (Christopher Nolan) is British, but I wouldn’t expect that to have such a big effect on the cast. Here’s a list:
Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman): British
Liam Neeson (Ra’s al Ghul): Irish/British (he was born and raised in the UK but calls himself Irish)
Michael Caine (Alfred): British
Gary Oldman (Gordon): British
Cillian Murphy (Crane/Scarecrow): Irish
Tom Wilkinson (Falcone): British
Colin McFarlane (Loeb): British
Linus Roache (Thomas Wayne): British
Sara Stewart (Martha Wayne): British
Jack Gleeson (some kid): Irish
That last name is Joffrey, for those who didn’t know. I didn’t realize he was in it until he popped up.
Has anyone else noticed this? Or something similar in other films? Did anyone notice the accents? I thought a few sounded pretty bad, but not being American, I’m not sure. There’s a particular moment that always stands out to me where Gary Oldman’s accent really deserves to be hauled before HUAC, but I’m mostly thinking of the more minor roles.