Hollywood to ban fiendish Brit villains

Updated: Aug 16, 2010, 14:40 PM IST

Melbourne: The days of British villains curling their lips and sneering in cut-glass tones may now be history as Hollywood has banned villains from Britain.

Hollywood studio executives have realised that offending potential customers may not be a wise business move.

According to marketing notes prepared by Paramount Pictures for independent film producers seeking commissions, aliens or evil masterminds with `polyglot` accents that don`t identify them with a particular country are more welcome now, reports the Sunday Times.

Previously, Dame Helen Mirren had complained that the British baddie had become a Hollywood cliche.

"It`s unfortunate that the villain in every movie is always British," the Age quoted Mirren as saying.

"It`s nice to say we`re not the snooty, stuck-up, malevolent, malignant creatures as we are so often portrayed.

"We are actually kind of cool and hip and I wish they would show a little more of that," she added.