Sure, Scotland has a great history of famous actors from Sean Connery to Ewan McGregor but we so often find them playing foreign characters. Sean Connery as a Russian submarine commander purely gets away with not even trying the accent because he has sh’tyle and Ewan McGregor plays a character from a galaxy far, far away. So where are the Scottish characters played by Scots or otherwise?
The fact is that there are a plethora of Scottish characters whether they’re a target for taking stick or a caricature of the bold heroic Scotsman.
Arrgh! A big horrible ugly ogre with a bold Scottish accent. Yep the first Scottish character to appear in our list is the embodiment of a Scotsman isn’t he? He’s aggressive, brutish, poorly groomed and rarely washed. Above all else he’s anti-social and just ever so slightly grumpy. However, at least he comes to be a likeable character and the accent isn’t bad for a Canadian (Mike Myers). He even gets the girl in the end, even if she does turn out to be an ugly ginger headed ogre. Hmmm, this is quite realistic. [Read more…]