Have you ever noticed the uncanny ability of Australian actors to nail the US accent? Hell, I thought Rachel Griffiths and Judy Davis WERE from the US until I discovered otherwise. I was convinced that Anthony Lapaglia was from New York until I saw Lantana and even then I thought he was just doing a really good Australian accent- but that was just a little too good and a search on IMBD revealed the truth. British actors can do an ok US accent, but even some really talented performers like Emma Thompson or Tracey Ullman have a slightly affected quality that, while technically correct, does not ring true for me. The Austrailians absolutely NAIL it. Think about it- Guy Pierce, Russell Crowe, Sam Niell, Lucy Lawless, Nicole Kidman- absolutely everyone from down under can do it perfectly. Seeing as our accents are not really similar, what is up with that?