Why are so many non-Americans suddenly playing all-American superheroes? Canadian Ryan Reynolds, now starring as is just the latest foreign-born actor to play a stateside superhero. Joe Griffin wonders where all the Yanks have gone
SUPERHEROES are all over the movies these days, but have you noticed anything about the actors who play them? They’re almost always tall, athletic, handsome – and played by non-Americans. The big-screen comic heroes of recent years, this summer and beyond comprise an arrivals lounge filled with foreign passports.
From Down Under, there’s Chris Hemsworth ( Thor), Hugh Jackman ( Wolverine) and Eric Bana ( Hulk). The Canadian contingent includes Seth Rogen ( The Green Hornet) and Ryan Reynolds ( Deadpool and Green Lantern). And these isles have sent a whole slew of actors to Hollywood: Welshman Christian Bale ( Batman), the quite English Andrew Garfield and Jersey’s Henry Cavill (the new Spider-Man and Superman, respectively), and half-Irishman Michael Fassbender and Scotland’s James McAvoy (as Magneto and Professor X in X-Men: First Class). How did this come to pass? Here are some