James McAvoy: Brit filmmakers dumb down movies for Americans
May 31st, 2011
12:39 PM ET

James McAvoy: Brit filmmakers dumb down movies for Americans

The American-made superhero flick "X-Men: First Class" may seem an unusual choice for Scottish star James McAvoy, who earned critical raves for British dramas like "The Last King of Scotland" and "Atonement"—but then again, the actor says U.K. movies just aren't what they used to be.

"We make loads of movies to try and hit in America, and yet it's never the ones aimed at America that do well. We dumb our movies down because we want Americans to understand them," the BAFTA winner tells SkyNews.

"Then Americans watch it and go, 'This is a really unsophisticated, dumbed-down movie. Why would we buy this? Why do we like this? We don't.' It's like we're patronizing them and short-changing ourselves," he says.

McAvoy's "X-Men" co-star Kevin Bacon advises filmmakers to continue to play it smart on screen.

"I think the whole thing is to keep trying to make the best possible movie that you can, and hopefully the cream rises to the top," he says. "And sometimes, you know, you look at something like 'The King's Speech'—which is made for relatively little money compared to 'X-Men'—and it just keeps making money, making money, making money."

"X-Men: First Class" arrives in theaters June 3.

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    August 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Emcee

    Point in Case: *Facepalm* Injecting every sentence with OMG and 'like'. I get nauseous when I see any American sitcoms.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Laura

    *face palm, deep sigh* A Brit tries to complement us and look what happens. Half these posts are an embarrassment to anyone who read the whole article.

    June 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elizabet

    They HAVE TO "dumb down" movies for stupid Yanks – the kind of country that makes the most money on "slice and dice" and "blockbuster" substance-less crap.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    1776: USA def. England, 1-0. 1812: USA def. England, 2-0...1812 to present: No rematch...get over it, play on England!!!

    June 5, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. George S. Patton

    The England and Americanare two peoples separated by a common language.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Instigator

    Hey McAvoy, maybe you should try keeping your big mouth shut until after your movie opens. Not that anyone really wants to see a re-tooling of a lousy series anyway.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cosmo

    Why are people surprised/angry about this? It is agreed upon common knowledge that americans are lacking in intellect. Instead of focusing on the man stating the fact why dont we try to tackle the reason it became a fact.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Cosmo/Cosmos

      Speak for yourself moron. Just because you consider yourself inferior to the English, don't assume that all Americans feel the same way. Besides, this clown is an actor. Most intelligent people don't take them seriously. Only idiots with an obvious lack of intelligence, like yourself, would take anything he says to heart.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cosmos

    Umm why are people angry/surprised? What this man is saying is quite common knowledge. Instead of attacking people stating the fact, why not try to tackle the reason it became a fact

    June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AC 180

    Wolf Blitzer is a Jew. Just sayin...

    June 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. duh

    Well it's these dumba** Americans that keep your pockets filled...

    June 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. citizenUSA

    Well you're not doing a very good job at it, are you?

    June 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pteka

    Look what is the most successful programming on US television. Why wouldn't they down it down??

    June 1, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tully

    I appreciate this bold and honest statement from J. McAwoy because it's true. Most British films today are not like they used to be but hopefully some British producers pay attention to what he said.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. gah

    please read the whole statement, not the headline, before commenting on how rude he is *facepalm*

    June 1, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  16. TXLady

    Did any of you posting negative comments actually read this? He said "They dumb movies down and then American's watch the movies and DO NOT like them because they are dumbed down". WOW

    Read Comprehension, People!!!

    May 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Derek

    In this article people read a headline and assume the worst. the article is about how the movies made by british filmmakers for americans by dumbing it down actually makes the movie do poorly and the actor is criticizing the filmmakers not the american public.

    caution: there be trolls in here

    May 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  18. joe

    Well this is an example of someone who wants to get his article read. If you read the whole article you will see that he was actually saying that he thought this was not the right thing to do. Most of you are sheep and didn't even read the article!!! good job!!!

    May 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Superhiro

    How ironic this article is. I dunno what it says about the intelligence of the Americans or British, but this story seems to have proven that not many CNN bloggers actually read the stories before they make posts about them.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. rachbabynyc

    He wasn't trashing Americans. He was saying that the British film industry thinks they have to dumb down films for Americans, but that Americans are actually way too smart to buy it.

    There are some British films that are really very good, and then others that are just amateurish and cheesy, which really speaks more about the Brits sense of humor and intelligence level than ours. I don't think that's a dumbing down for Americans. I just think they have a weird sense of humor.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  21. usa runs da show

    you ppl are dumb read the article plus if the us hadnt stood up for world wide right and democracy u idiots would still have been in a monarchy probably beheading ppl the chinese woulda still been eating ppl eurasia woulda beed a bunch of nazi comunist bitc@$ including yall so check wat u.s.a has done for u the only good thing yall did was football

    May 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Genius

    True, some Americans are some of the smartest people in the world. The problem is that about 30 to 50% of Americans are probably some of the dumbest people in the world, and the media gets dumbed down for those morons. After all, smart people can understand limited intellects. But the people with limited intellects can't understand intelligence. For example "Inception" was really not that complicated but a lot of Americans found it overly confusing. Anyway, cheers to the smart people of the world, and may the idiots all be saved in the rapture if that involves their sudden disappearance.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Tom

    Britain's population is 20% that of the US while it's GDP is only 15% of the US. So despite our simplicity, we Americans are doing pretty well.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jewell

    Such is simple baloney. Film makers and screen writers are getting dumber. So are the entertainers. I haven't been to many screenplays in years because it is difficult to find a movie without blood, guts, fire, car chases and fart jokes. I sort of dare major studios whether in Britian the U.S. to make cerebral films. Who cares if the high school dropout doesn't understand it? If you pander to the masses you will one day start scratching your head like INBEV-Anheuser Busch and realizing that the craft brewers are kicking you butts in growth, or like Detroit wondering where Toyota, Nissan and Honda came from during the 80s. Hollywood you are the next Detroit.

    Brits you are free to follow the same formula and lose as well.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  25. slix

    I could have sworn we kicked them out 300+ years ago, and saved them from total destruction in 2 world wars. Need some pretty smart and brave people to do that.....

    May 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  26. tomahawk

    Our* and besides Americans are stupid.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. The President of The U.S.A

    We won't be infringing on anybody's Freedom of Speech, on CNN or Faux News either. The Prez

    May 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. [lol]

    James McAvoy is only basing his comments off the CNN Marquee Blogs. Isn't it obvious?

    May 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  29. tomahawk

    @Estee... im happy the europeans came here other wise we'd all be engines and out success rate of going to college would be none, there would be no juilliard, highly acclaimed universites such brown no ivy league schools. we'd all be drunk off our ass's

    May 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mrs. M

    SINCE WHEN DOES CNN ADVOCATE RACISM, BY PUBLISHING RACIST STATEMENTS MADE BY AN IDIOT RACIST?

    May 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • stp123

      @Mrs. M. Are you an idiot or do you just write in pretending to be one?

      May 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Mrs. M

    First, I never heard of this guy before I read his name in this article. Next, I'll be happier if I never hear of him again. Finally, if I ever see him in-person I will knock him on his rear.

    May 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Anthony

    Damn, they should have dumbed down this article for Americans and added the third paragraph to the headline. Maybe then they wouldn't be so upset.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  33. The President of The U.S.A

    You ppl who voted for me deserve exactly what you are getting..... The meat stick.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  34. krag

    Every country in the world hates us yet their people are banging our door down to get in. They hate us for the money we have but love earning it when they get here. They hate our religions but leave their own country so they can practice what they believe freely. They hate our military but fear the groups that slaughter their families.. Britain didnt invent the America , your people had to slip away in the middle of the night. Any country that worships their leaders that force them to believe what they believe shouldnt be calling anyone dumb. We can close our bases, keep our billions we give you to feed and care for your people. You come here and we give you interest free or free money to start a business. My family has been here for 335 years and all we get to do is hand our money over to you.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Parkay

    It Takes a big dog to poop a ton.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  36. martin

    Y'all 'mericans is real smart an reeal fat. Haha, its just a nation of stupid, ignorant fatties.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  37. twhite

    The best are those Brits that complain about us calling their football, Soccer...good times

    May 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  38. nate

    I bet he wouldn't come over here and say that on cnn live.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jim

    There is some truth in the statement. A significant portion of the US population can barely follow reality television programing. How can they be expected to understand UK films? I am so grateful that I have access to BBC America and PBS.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jennifer

    Some individuals (americans or not) when they read something and they do not fully comprehend it start to name-calling, I guess (for the sake of our country)is just very young people or super dumb ones. and this is the reason why british (and other countries) have to dumb down films, books, interviews, even comedies!

    May 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  41. hubert

    Green jacket, gold jacket who gives a @&8ť

    May 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Bryan

    I am embarrassed to be an American at times, especially being from the deep south. This country isn't as grand as it used to be and it is only a matter of time before it collapses from such a weak infrastructure. Not only is America being dumbed down, it is becoming lazier. The country is growing without discipline and eventually it will have to deal with the consequences of the mistakes it's made.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Kathy

    Americans are dumb? The british are still looking down their nose at us and we have a democracy. They spend their moeny on the royal family who are living high off the hog with their money. Who's dumb? This country is run for the people by the people and bills have to be voted on if they are to pass. The British love their queen and are stupid enough to support them financially while the royal family do what they want. We are stupid? Hah! It is the British who are stupid!
    Kathy

    May 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veetman

      ummm, you do realize that the British do have a democracy, the royal family has no power, right?

      June 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Rrrralph

    In America a lot of deer are killed by cars at deer crossing signs. This is dumb. We should move the signs to better places so the deer don't get killed.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  45. pdn

    All of you need to shut the hell up being dumbed down.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Peace

    If I was an illegal immigrant, I suppose I would want to work in the USA, also. As for the company that hires them...well, that's a diff story! Yup, someone had to bring it up,your right!

    May 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Evel Knievel

    Someone needs to dumb down toothbrushing for Brits.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Evel

      Just watch an episode or two of COPS and you won't be so quick to judge the Brits on their dental habits

      May 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Bobby

    My comment wasn't directed at what the actor actually said but the American movie studios and directors who apparently think Americans are too stupid to appreciate complicated plots.

    Inception was almost tossed b/c the directors thought Americans were too stupid to understand the movie...what a mistake that would've been!

    May 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  49. craig

    I bet the "L" in Andrew L stands for Lemming

    May 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  50. ceci

    How pathetically ironic...reading through so letters full of mispelled words and grammatical horrors, I realized why so much of the world believes Americans are not intelligent. A sampling of these unofficial embassadors' poorly written comments only lends credibility to the stereotype of the "dumb" & "ugly" american. By the way, the US inherited our language from the english. Perhaps we are the ones that "talk funny."

    May 31, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ceci

      "How pathetically ironic...reading through so letters full of mispelled words and grammatical horrors, I realized why so much of the world believes Americans are not intelligent."

      If your going to judge others on their writing, you should proof read yours first. I think you meant to say "reading through letters so full of.....

      May 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Anonymous

    This guy wasn't giving a back-handed compliment. He just told the truth; movie companies think we're too stupid to enjoy serious dramas, so they "dumb them down" for American audiences. His point was actually the opposite of what some of you are thinking. He is saying that American audiences are not dumb, and that intelligent movies like "The King's Speech" can do well here.

    What's funny, though, is that you guys who are so defensive and making these hateful remarks about Britain are proving the point you've wrongfully accused McAvoy of making.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  52. craig

    Nancy, you wouldn't shower either because you need to exercise to sweat...

    May 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Andrew L

    I'm sorry, I'm an American so I'm too unsophisticated to understand British accents, please refrain from anything that doesn't sound smart...

    May 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Andrew

    I thought England only existed in fairy tales!

    May 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  55. craig

    Most of you who swallowed the media line on "dumbing down" movies have focussed more on the interpretation of what was said than what was actually said. I bet he never said Americans are dumb. Dumbing down a movie is about marketing to the distribution channels to get the movie shown in as many cinemas as possible, not a commentary on viewer intellect. Anyone who got down and dirty on this blog gets a C+ or D-.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  56. nic

    With a population about 5x that of Great Britain, we're bound to have more dumb people than them. The movie makers there need to remember we were smart enough to seceded from their kingdom, win two wars against them and save their butts a few times.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Bobby

    I'm an American citizen but I was born overseas and I've lived in a developing country as well as Europe...so I think I can speak with some authority concerning this topic of Americans "being dumb".

    I don't think Americans are any less intelligent than Brits or any other people. In Fact some of the most brilliant people I know are Americans. But the difference is that in America, they take free speech so seriously that it's not just a matter of the gov guaranteeing people the right to voice their opinions, but rather people being allowed to say just about whatever they want. As a result of this, intelligent discourse in America often gets contaminated by stupid comments and arguments b/c in large part, these people know no one will hold them accountable for their ridiculousness.

    Americans aren't any less intelligent, it's just that stupid people have a voice in America, and unsurprisingly they say stupid things.

    Anti-intellectualism can actually get you pretty far in American politics...especially within the fringes of the Republican Party.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  58. SHAUNA

    haha @derpaderp! hahaha that made me laugh. this article is so silly

    May 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  59. craig

    Republicans are arrogant

    May 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Hessuchadick

    He's seriously being critical of dumbing down a movie about a comic book character????????

    May 31, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  61. krag

    Ive tried to watch British movies, Coma comes to mind. Dont maje movies for us because they are boring and mumbled.. And for you America haters cross the pond. If your not smart enough for you i guess we should pull our military and leave you to fend for yourself. We saved your ass once . I recken wez ait smert nuff to find your little rock in the ocean.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Emelia Kanson

    Every country has its geniuses, and every country has its 'village idiots'. As someone who has travelled around both America and the United Kingdom, I have to say America does make a fool of itself publically much more frequently than most other countries. Especially online; it was Americans who created 'IM speak', and it doesn't give other countries a good impression of us. True, the UK has its faults as well, however there's a reason why you don't often hear of them messing up.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mad R@p3r

      Isn't the UK full of chavs and also the home of Donk? And last time I checked most other countries did just fine making buffoons of themselves.

      May 31, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • GRITS

      It seems to me that if Americans do make fools of themselves in the world more often than others it would be because we are in the news much more than other nations. We have more celebrities and our political moves are under a spotlight much more than other nations. I dare say if other nations and their people were under the same amount of scrutiny they would have just as many faux pax moments.

      May 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mr. J

    we Americans as a society are dumb. Our public education sucks our government is more worried about military spending than education. To europe we are bumb we are falling behind in the world. so all you dumb idiots on here chanting USA USA you need to go back to school

    May 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  64. krow101

    It's not that Americans are any more stupid than anyone else. We're just bombarded by much more propaganda than any other so-called free society.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  65. gingersrule1

    We need our own genocide to get rid of the stupid people. I will tell you what. I will be Americas Mladic except I will only have stupid people killed and no raping. Too many uneducated people have opinions. They will never learn. Look around smart peeps. We are the few and I am not proud. Seriously? How are we supposed to get millions of people to realize civil rights at the same time? You don't. War is the only way.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • @gingersrule1

      I'm sorry miss girl, did someone steal your "other" genocide. Here we go..
      Oh and then you all talking about civil rights? So, you want to kill off all the people "you" think are dumb and then get the rest to understand civil rights?!?!!
      Even though you will have just violated the civil rights of all those people you killed.
      Whole lotta uneducated going on!!!!!!!!

      May 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  66. John

    Do you know why the jokes about the Irish are so simpleminded?

    So the English can understand them.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  67. The Universe

    I agree, most movies are targeted at the lower common denominator but there are some quite smart and compelling movies out there. But I have to think that McAvoy won't exactly endear himself to fans by making these remarks. Of course his target demographic will only care how he looks anyway.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  68. American

    We Americans are just plain dumb and no amount of denial will change that

    May 31, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  69. cajr

    america loves its action and comedy movies. i for one am not going to sit through a two and a half hour, stuffy, dialouge packed sleeper. brits love to hear themselves talk. while i do enjoy a good drama movie, id be better off watching it at home in case my eyelids become heavy. maybe this clown shouldnt be offered anymore dumb american movie roles period. go back to england and see how much money you get over there.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • flex

      Posted by Steve earlier(ThanksSteve) -Did any take a moment to actually read this piece? McAvoy is saying that there are people in the industry who 'dumb down movies for American' to their own demise.
      Stop making idiotic comments on an article where someone is defending America's collective intelligence. It creates too much irony to handle.

      Well some of us could work on reading comprehension.

      May 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  70. cat women

    Juggling

    May 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Mike Shaw

    It is true...ignorance is bliss. I rather like the X-Men movies, so it will be good to see this McAvoy act in this new movie. They should make a remake for the Marvel comic X-Force. It is a great addition to the X-Men story.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  72. jim Dieter

    Sure Americans are dumb. Google,Facebook,Microsoft,Apple,HP,Boeing,GE,Caterpillar,Yahoo,Groupon,all are American. Now give me those global powerhouse British cutting edge companies again please ?

    May 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      lmao nice one

      May 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • FLranger

      BP??

      May 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      @Jim- and those were supposed to be examples of GOOD companies? some of those are terrible. Microsoft? If they had ONE product that worked well and for more than 5 years, I'd consider them a contender. Sorry. And Boeing? Last I checked they were in the toilet. GE are capitalists and are slowly creating a monopoly. Facebook USED to be a good idea, now its privacy infringement after privacy infringement.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babiyaga

      @Jim-- last i checked Britain was trillions upon trillions of dollars in debt like we are either. They don't stick their nose in others business before their own is even cleaned up and working properly.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babiyaga

      WASNT** frackin auto correct.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Mike Shaw

    Has everyone forgotten that 98% of Americans are immigrants from Europe, or some other country around the world. It's not the fact of "dumbing" it down for Americans alone, it's dumbing it down for the majority of society. The majority that can still afford a LCD TV with blu ray player to play the newest blockbuster, just. So they can hop on their laptop or home computer and complain about the money they wasted to watch it. Meanwhile the minorities are worrying about real life problems. I'm just saying.....

    May 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • g

      like sneaking into the country illegally, stealing jobs, and expecting rights

      May 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      Stealing jobs lol yes because we always see those illegals immigrants taking those high paying jobs. Unless you have low expectations in terms of a job then you're fine. Stop blaming them for your problems. And he or she was talking about legal immigrants but of course you had to go there.

      May 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      Sorry obviously a he I just saw his name

      May 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Pretty Face

    Somewhere a publicist just cringed. It's a good thing James McAvoy just reads scripts for a lliving and doesn't actually try write any. Oh well, at least he has a pretty face.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  75. tim

    YEAH ! THEY TALK FUNNY ! Why dont they learn to speak english? Dang Brittish doodoo touchers.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Cheryl Murkowski

    My prolapse itches.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Peace

    KillrOy, Well said!

    May 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  78. herpderples

    Actually, a majority of people just won't even watch it because of the accents. I'm pretty sure if they were dubbed over in western english, the states would go nuts over the dumbed down movies.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  79. PD

    Please read the article... he is actually saying that the companies "think" they need to dumb down the movies, but then we "Americans" don't like them for that reason! He is saying make good movies and they will do well. Don't jump the gun... oh and lay off Kentucky.. Tennessee is far worse.. ;-) haha

    May 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  80. @ Sorry4U

    Are you smart enough to know what F U means ?

    May 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Jason

    I've had my share of Brit women and I gotta say.... They're not as plump, uneducated or as unable to put sentences together as clearly as my fun fattys from back woods America. I'll take a Kentucky Target high school drop out over a worldly Brit any day. : )

    May 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimInKansas

      I love this response! The best 'compliment' in the thread. I don't know what side of the pond you are from, Jason, but you seem to get it. Thanks for giving me a good chuckle today.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Van Halen

    You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you should never pick your friend's nose.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  83. tim

    Their food is terrible and their finest hotels are infested with bedbugs. All the little English children think they are Harry Potter characters. Plus they have large tubs filled with doodoo where they relax and replinish their energies. They trult are repulsive people.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  84. I call BS

    Mmmmmmm James McAvoy #homerdroolingsound

    May 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Steve

    Did any take a moment to actually read this piece? McAvoy is saying that there are people in the industry who 'dumb down movies for American' to their own demise.

    Stop making idiotic comments on an article where someone is defending America's collective intelligence. It creates too much irony to handle.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • I call BS

      Thank u. I just kept scrolling and was like is there anyone that actually understood the content.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • killr0y

      A backhanded compliment is when someone insults you in a way that you don't actually realize you've just been insulted. Did he deny his statement that Americans are dumb? No, he just said Brits who write movies for stupid Americans fail to make it big. He could have said, "Americans aren't stupid, and Brit director/producers need to learn this fact." Or perhaps, "Brit filmmakers dumb down movies for Americans, but this tactic fails, which leads to the conclusion that it is the British who are the idiots!"

      Instead he tries to patronize Americans by insulting us, then attempts to make it appear as if it's actually some profound compliment. Silly snaggletoothed Brit.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • WLM

      Thanks Steve for your comment obviously alot of people cant read.. James is making a point that the Brit film makers are assuming they have to make these simple movies cause Americans are simple people when in fact all the so called simple movies everyone hates...... he is making point that Ameican people are smarter than the rest of the world thinks!

      May 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Cazador

      Steve,

      In reality, 90% of AmeriKKKans are complete morons, and they prove it in the comments section of this article. Their reading comprehension skills are in the gutter, just like most other aspects about them. They can't even see a compliment that's been paid to them, and we're not talking about just a few, but rather the VAST majority here who left comments.

      May 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • vince

      Juan,
      That's right–us Americsns we don't know anything. I don't even know how we function as a country being that we obviously can't read or understand simple things like patents and engineering and space travel. I don't know how we've been so successful the past 200 and 35 years. Must be luck. OR MAYBE IT'S CLEVER PEOPLE LIKE YOU JUAN. People like Yr2. Oh, and a moron too.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Lev

    You guys are all American white trash. the British have a better education system and the entire world thinks America is dumb, not just the British. you people are dumb.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • killr0y

      Yes, we Americans are dumb. Which is why we receive 2 out of every 3 Pulitzer and Nobel prize, invented 4 out of every 5 technology patents on the planet, gone to the Moon and back 7 times, have the largest number of Ivy league schools on the planet, invented every modern method of communication and mass media, built most of the International Space Station, have the largest bank in the world, the world's largest theme park, and yes, we could blow you up at the push of a button.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2pale

      Well said

      May 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • C Hop

      Kilroy, that is now a great american quote. lol Well said.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewOrleansforlife

      @ Lev- Saying America as a whole is "dumb" is completely moronic on your part. Do you claim that every British citizen has superior intellect and are thriving members of society??? So you have no poverty? No homeless? No underachievers? I as an American am NOT claiming that my nation has zero flaws but you've just chalked our whole nation up to a group of nothings. In America (just like in Britain) the individual choses to better themselves. It's unintelligible to say that I'm ignorant because of the piece of ground I reside on. You're preaching HATRED. It's people like you that breed the next generation to hate others and judge by stereotypes. I know a couple of wonderful girls from Britain who are a much better face for your country than you are. They realize that intelligence and creativity can come from any corner of the globe. You should harbor less hatred and look pass the stereotypes. That is TRUE INTELLIGENCE.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew L

      Well played Killr0y! But I do belive us British invented America. If it wasn't for us, you wouldn't exist. Btw were cooler than you so we win by default (I'm american)

      May 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Esstea

      Come on Andrew give some credit to us Native Americans, we were doing alright before the Europeans came.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • poro

      Killroy... funny stuff, but there aren't any Ivy League schools outside the US; Pulizter is an american prize so that's why Americans win it; and we don't have the world's largest bank (usually it's BNP or Deutche bank as tops)

      May 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Branch

      Hey Lev, America was smart enough to run the British out of the country in the 1700's. We were smart enough to save your butts in two world wars. I could go on, but I don't want to over burden your brain.

      June 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mimi

      Wow! you are the dumb one and ignorant at that! seriously go crawl back under the rock you came out from!

      June 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Bertha

    Let me just give you a little advice: you can change your underwear as much as you want, but don't YOU change YOU.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Sorry4U

    Well the problem is they look at our country and how most of you idiots voted for Obama and say " Yeah they can't be too smart." Tell me they aren't right. Oh wait I forget, most of you have his $&#% so far down your throat that you can't see what his "change" really is. I pity you.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Sorry4U is a hypocrite

      Probably fully supported the Bush Dictatorship when the United State's world approval rating was at it's lowest.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • And now, for something completely different

      Another nutjob turning a simple article into an opportunity to Obama-bash. Obama has rallied much more foreign support than that moronic cowboy could have ever dreamed. I feel sorry for you...oh, excuse me... Sorry 4 u (because we all know how hard it is to spell out the words "for" and "you"...

      May 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      Wasn't it Bush's re-election that prompted the UK headline "How Can 51 million People Be So Dumb?"

      May 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Edna

    Does this have something to do with the interwebs?

    May 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Killr0y

    Gotta love those famous British backhanded comments. Yes, the Brits are so sophisticated with their 'Corey Street', lousy automobiles, and capital city that requires a modern day Sherlock Holmes to find an actual Brit who lives there. Has nothing to do with trying to 'make Americans understand' and more to do with 'dumbing down' stories for general audiences of all nations. That's just business. There's nothing stopping anyone from producing your typical Cannes art house flop, unless of course you're trying to run a business. Go bankroll your own 'too sophisticated for Americans' movie if you can't stand the industry. I'm sure you have plenty of money what with all of your starring blockbuster roles, you pathetic hack.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewOrleansforlife

      You are fantastic my friend! Well put! I think celebs should think before they speak since most of what they say is heard by the masses. How offensive!!! Who is he to stereotype or chalk up our entire nation into one big unintelligible group. That is true ignorance.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah

      Beautifully stated! Here, here!

      May 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • And now, for something completely different

      Though I agree with you, I also believe that he was simply stating that Americans don't prefer films that are "dumbed down" for them. He was, in his own Scottish way, giving Americans somewhat of a compliment, stating "Then Americans watch it and go This is a really unsophisticated, dumbed-down movie." Sounds like a compliment to me...

      May 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  91. nancy

    yeah ! i visited brittishland years ago and all the people there smelt really bad. i mean really bad. i dont think they have bathrooms or showers over there where they live.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Mike

    What about the moon landing? We didn't dumb that down! U-S-A! U-S-A! ;-)

    May 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • fritzz

      Mike if there was a moon landing, thank all the German scientists that America scooped up after WWII.
      Whenever a show that requires thought (Carnival, Dead like me) its gone in two seasons.
      Sorry dude but Americans can only handle one story line at a time.

      May 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • vince

      fritzz,
      you buy into ridiculous conspiracy theories and then have the nerve to be a pompous d-bag? Yes, but us dumb AMERICANS are the problem. Thank God we have you to help show us the way. Moron.

      June 1, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  93. flex

    Well sketti, nancy, congrats on showing the world why things need to be dumbed down for americans. good lord!

    May 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  94. emilie

    "dumber then us anyhows"... nice buddy, real nice

    May 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      this from the country that gave us benny hill – not to mention some obviously not-too-bright members of the current royal family....

      May 31, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chandler

      You can tell by the comments section that a vast majority haven't read his full statement. You are living up to the "Dumb American" stereotype. If you read what he said in full, you will see that he says that Americans don't like the dumbed down version.

      May 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      And don't forget, bad teeth!

      June 1, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Toothy McTooth

      Only a dumbed down nation would make good use toothpaste and orthodontia. Additionally, my prolapse itches.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're all dumb as hell

      Seriously. Seeing the sheer number of idiot posts here from people failing to read the article and failing to understand what he actually said - i.e. that you're NOT dumb - I'm beginning to think that maybe his praise was undeserved after all.

      June 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Derpaderp

    Who learned you how to spoke??

    May 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Razer

    You, sir, are the reason why I'm ashamed to be American sometimes. An educated and informed person would understand the comments. I agree with the actor. Most movies these days have been dumbed down because of the ADD audiences and judging by your comment, especially you.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Josh

    Dear God. Your comments have actually killed brain cells.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  98. And now, for something completely different

    This comment has to be a joke...it just has to be...

    May 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  99. malachai

    Number one, your spelling sucks so do not call anyone dumb.

    Number 2 – A little discussed reality – The Brits and the Americans have a mutual inferiority complex towards one another that neither side will ever admit to. Two cousins who play fairly nice face to face and then talk smack behind the back.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  100. JubilantJordan

    Troll....

    May 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Anthony

    Damn. They should have dumbed down this article more for Americans and added the third paragraph to the headline. Maybe then they wouldn't be so upset.

    May 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  102. MrBo

    Hey, look at that, an American too stupid to realize McAvoy was actually paying you a compliment.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  103. John Johnson

    Wow....you showed them!

    May 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Razer

    And I understand that you're a genius.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |

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