I was watching a Sopranos re-run the other day.. Tony's maid is Russian, and is speaking in "Russian" to her husband.. And it was just EXCRUCIATING!! Phyisically painful.. To all those other Russian speakers out there whose ears bled with mine, I appologize on behalf of casting directors everywhere.. This is one of my biggest pet-peeves in movies and TV.. Why the heck can't you just add some realism and get someone who actually speaks the language? It is especially irksome when it's an extra.. I mean, are we supposed to really care that much about mugger #3's rakish scar, or perfect jaw? I know the same could be said of the few lines he speaks, but I repeat, would it be so hard to cast a Russian actor/actress? But even when the person is a main character (like Ed O'ross as the villian in Red Heat, or Vincent Cassel as the villian in Birthday Girl.. Nicole Kidman's Russian? Oh boy.. A for effort, though..), it is very grating and takes me right out of the movie.. There are plenty of talented actors out there who also speak fluent Russian, if they are not Russian nationals or fomerly of Russia or one of it's former sattelite countries.. I know, 98% of the intended audience is totally oblivious to this.. But why not add that extra touch, at no real financial or creative expense, I say? And it's not just Russian.. The same could be said for alot of languages on screen and tv.. Anyhoo, enough of my ranting.. What say all of you?