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Gaith Wrote:^ Yep. I like Piggy fine, but her romance with Kermit does absolutely zip for moi. I don't mind the interspecies angle, but I don't think a frog as zen and easygoing as him would be anything but repelled by her manic neuroses. As for her, I don't see her falling for our mild-mannered leader, but rather for a similarly rambunctious, totally grizzled guy. Light bulb: Miss Piggy + Animal. Now that's a winning combination.

Also, I love Gonzo, but his romance with a non-talking animal creeped me out, too. Sure, the chicken was sentient, but as the only non-speaking animal character, that was just a bridge too far.

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movie? set in france.
actors? american.
accent they adopt? british. (because it sounds more european?)

puzzling stuff, man. like a damn rubik's cube.
^ Like how the Scottish and Irish actors in Rome adopted BBC-style English accents for the sake of historical accuracy, yes? :-P

It is kinda weird, but having the whole cast do French accents would've been a huge turn-off for American audiences, and a likely objective disaster besides.

Some criticized Tom Cruise for not adopting a German accent in Valkyrie, which also had British actors using their native accents. Since Les Mis has an international cast, Hooper had a similar call to make.

Watcha gonna do? ;-)
I see a lot of this going on. All of the actors playing Russians in Enemy at the Gates spoke with British accents, even Ron Perlman. Ed Harris as the German major however spoke with his American accent.
Which makes Inglourious Basterds even better. German characters speak German (or when they speak English they have a German accent). French characters speak French (or English with a French accent). Americans speak sloppy English and have terrible accents when trying to speak another language. British characters speak the King's English.
^ Well, that's sort of inevitable when you mash together so many characters with different native languages, but I agree, it does add to the movie's awesomeness.

Another great flick in that regard is Joyeux Noel, which features French, English, and German WWI troops, all speaking their proper languages.

I'd like to see an A Tale of Two Cities with the characters speaking their own languages; ditto for an HBO miniseries on the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.
The early test version of The Muppet Movie had Kermit just croaking, but audiences didn't respond well.
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Watched two movies today.... Joseph Zito's cracker of an action movie, Red Scorpion, with Dolph Lundgren.... and the UK monster/comedy flick Attack The Block.

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I hadn't seen Red Scorpion since I rented it back in the last 80's early 90's, but man this stood up far better than I remember. Very nicely directed and acted on the whole, I was taken aback by the gentle midway act, which sees Dolph's
huge Soviet soldier, Nikolai, becoming friends with an African bushman - quite amusing and dare I say emotionally moving at times - a considerable feat for a B movie such a this. Great action scenes too and Dolph makes for a brilliant screen presence as always.

Attack the Block was an enjoyable if flawed UK monster/comedy romp, where the biggest problem is that the so called heroes of the story are so unlikeable that you actually want the monsters to win! lol.