Friday, 11 June 2010

Need an Evil Nazi Oil Company Boss?

Apparently, Islamist terrorism may have been good for the careers of South Asian actors in the US:
Performance historian Brian Herrera theorizes that South Asian actors may have gotten a boost from the flurry of terrorist-type roles that followed in the wake of Sept. 11. A one- or two-episode arc as a featured character on, say, 24 would represent a solid credit line for a young actor, potentially opening the door to more interesting opportunities down the line. It's a trend Herrera has noted with other minority groups, though in less-accelerated forms. "So many of the elder statesmen of Latino actors got their start doing gang stories in the '80s," he notes.

Does this mean the BP oil spill will open up more Hollywood villain roles for British character actors? Or do we already pretty much have a lock on these? Need an Evil Nazi Scientist? Well, they already know who to call...

BTW did you know BP's American business (certainly outside of Alaska) is based on three US oil majors: Sohio (Standard Oil Ohio), Amoco (formerly Standard Oil Indiana) and Atlantic Richfield? So it's very much an American company in America. You may remember the name Amoco from the Amoco Cadiz disaster...

Anyway, I wonder who will play Tony Hayward in the inevitable film version? It's probably too much to hope that it'll be bumbling charmer Hugh Grant (left). Alan Cumming perhaps? Would he make a good Evil Nazi Oil Company Boss?

7 comments:

Mr Eugenides said...

Tony Hayward will clearly be played by Michael Sheen - he's perfect.

As for South Asian actors, they are doing just fine on the villain front...

Gaw said...

God, you're right. There's an uncanny resemblance there.

Any you've gotta love Bollywood.

Brit said...

Martin Sheen bears an uncanny resemblance to everybody.

Obama referred to it as 'British Petroleum', apparently. He really doesn't like us very much.

Brit said...

I meant Michael. Martin Sheen only bears an uncanny resemblance to himself and Emilio Estevez.

Gaw said...

...and Charlie Sheen.

worm said...

just wanted to get a mention of Barry on here as another Sheen of note.

Oh, and a can of Mr.Sheen, which might be useful to BP, seeing as it gets umpteen things clean

Gaw said...

There's also East Sheen, the West London suburb. I can't think of a joke linking it to BP right now but if I come up with something I'll let you know.