Whenever Hollywood has a large number of cast members who speak some European language, they often use British accents. Star Trek - The Next Generation: The "French" Jean-Luc Picard has a British accent. HBO's Rome: They all have a British accent. Octavian's is particularly thick. Enemy at the Gates: All of the Russians speak Proper English. 300: Anthony Hopkins plays Ptolemy without having to study any dialect. Why is this done? Are British accents more prestigious? Is it less distracting for English-speaking audiences to hear, say, German or Russian accents? I remember watching Maximillion Schell in Judgment in Nuremberg and thought he did just fine. I loved how they had him start speaking German and then switched to English; it was barely noticeable. Here is a sample. Angelina Jolie's accent in Alexander was supposedly irritating to audiences. The other alternative, besides accent fidelity, would be subtitles. I'll confess, I don't care for subtitles. Can anybody think of any other movies where non-English characters use a British accent?