A New Act for Hollywood

Alan Rickman might have to rethink his career. For the last decade or so, starting with his memorable turn in Die Hard, the British actor has made a nice living playing the villain in Hollywood films.

And he's not alone. Whenever U.S. filmmakers need to cast the bad guy in a blockbuster, they tend to seek out someone with an English accent, whether it's Patrick Stewart in Conspiracy Theory (where he menaced Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson) or Jeremy Irons, Rickman's successor in Die Hard with a Vengeance. No more. Now the Brits, thanks to Tony Blair's...

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