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Friday, March 21, 2003  

On watching films abroad

I've had an idea for a comedy about the movie business, but it's very foetal (and probably faecal). When I was in France I came to realise there's a whole set of actors out there who provide the voices for all the dubbed Hollywood films in non-English-speaking countries. For example France has a handful of actors (some of whom are apparently household names) who provide the voices for Cruise, Crowe, Streep, Zellweger etc., and for obvious reasons the same dub-actor always does the same Hollywood star (because the audience recognises "their" voice).

This means that the dub-actors' careers are powerlessly dependent on the choices and successes (not to mention relationship and drug problems etc), of some distant foreign actor that they may never have met. For instance, imagine being the guy who got the job to do Robert Downey Jr. for Chaplin. He must have thought he was on the gravy train.

Extrapolating that to all countries, there must be a dissociated group of actors (a Frenchman, a German, a Spaniard, a Pole etc. - who've probably never met each other) who all depend on, say, Tom Cruise to remain successful.

The kernel of my idea is that something befalls a Hollywood star which threatens the livelihood of the disparate "United Nations" of dub-actors who do his/her voice, and the dub-actors are forced to club together to save the star's career. I can see lots of potential for culture comedy - something along the lines of that excruciating sitcom from the 70s where the young guy was trying to teach English to a class of racial and national stereotypes.

OK so it's not much of an idea...

posted by Plig | 11:34 |

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