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Friday, May 11, 2012

Brat Pack vs. Brit Pack

Yeah, I discovered this when I did a recent post on one of my dad's favorite actors, Gary Oldman. Says that he was part of the aptly called 'Brit Pack', basically young British actors emerging during the mid to late 1980s. Just like the American 'Brat Pack', or the also aptly named 'Rat Pack' of the 1950s, which has Joey Bishop, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

Pretty in Pink
-The term 'Brit Pack' is a moniker similar to Brat Pack or Rat Pack, used to describe young British actors who acheived success in Hollywood young.
-According to one article, 'ever decade brings about a new 'Brit Pack', another group of actors backed by the media to acheive Hollywood success'.
-This term is most closely related to the group of British actors that emerged in the late 1980s, due to it's similarity with 'Brat Pack', which was a moniker used to describe young American actors and actresses in the 1980s, such as Robert Downey Jr., Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, who often appeared in teen-related movies, such as St. Elmo's Fire and The Breakfast Club

The Outsiders

'Brit Pack'
-In January 1987, a journalist named Elissa Von Poznak interviewed the actors in the so-called 'Brit Pack', Bruce Payne, Tim Roth, Paul McGann, Gary Oldman, Spencer Leigh, and Colin Firth for an article in The Face magazine.
-That's how the title 'Brit Pack' came to be, because of it's severely close resemblance to that of the American 'Brat Pack', except these young actors were English instead of American
-In an issue of the 1988 magazine Film Comment, it was stated that the leaders of this group were Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson, and Daniel-Day Lewis.
Differences Between the Brit Pack and Brat Pack
-Very many differences.
-The Brit Pack aren't seen together at parties or restaurants or in gossip magazines. Since British cinema has no teen-movies compared to American movies like Weird Science, About Last Night... and St. Elmo's Fire, these actors don't keep starring in the same movies as one another.
-However, Bruce Payne and Tim Roth did appear in the Tales Out of School TV series, not at the same time though. Gary Oldman and Tim Roth appeared in Meantime and Rosencrantz and Guildenstein are Dead, and Bruce Payne and Spencer Leigh both appeared in Smart Money

2010s use of the moniker
-The term is still used to describe young actors and actresses in England rising to prominence in the entertainment world.
-Has also been used to describe black British born actors such as Idris Elba, Sophie Okonedo, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Idris Elba

Sophie Okonedo

Thandie Newton

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Marianne Jean-Baptiste


First Generation
-Daniel Day-Lewis)b. April 29, 1957, age 55)
-Bruce Payne(b. Nov. 22, 1958, age 53)

-Gary Oldman(b. March 21, 1958, age 54)

-Miranda Richardson(b. March 3, 1958, age 54)
-Rupert Everett(b. May 29, 1959, age 52)

-Colin Firth(b. Sept. 10, 1960, age 51)

-Paul McGann(b. Nov. 14, 1959, age 52)
As Dr. Who, #8

-Tim Roth(b. May 14, 1961, age 50)

-Spencer Leigh(b. 1963, between the age of 48-49, idk)

Second Generations
-Robert Pattinson(b. May 13, 1986, age 25)

-Nicholas Hoult(b. Dec. 7, 1989, age 22)

-Jamie Bell(b. March 14, 1986, age 26)

-Carey Mulligan(b. May 28, 1986, age 25)

-Keira Knightley(b. March 26, 1975, age 27)

-Andrew Garfield(b. Aug. 20, 1983, age 28)
Don't know how he got in here. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California

-Tom Sturridge(b. Dec. 21, 1985, age 26)

-Eddie Redmayne(b. Jan. 6, 1982, age 30)

-Juno Temple(b. July 21, 1989, age 22)

-Rupert Grint(b. Agu. 24, 1988, age 23)

-Daniel Radcliffe(b. July 23, 1989, age 22)

-Emma Watson(b. April 15, 1990, age 22)

-Tom Felton(b. Sept. 22, 1987, age 24)

-Aaron Johnson(b. June 13, 1990, age 21)

-Emily Blunt(b. Feb. 23, 1983, age 29)

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