I was thinking about actors. Female actors, specifically, and why the famous ones from Europe are so much better than most of the famous ones from the U.S. Maybe, to begin with, in Europe they start as theater students; in the U.S. they start as models.
And really this is just an excuse to share one of my favorite scenes from the past ten years. It's Fanny Ardant as Mary of Guise, matching wits with Sir Francis Walsingham. The film is "Elizabeth." For those who have seen the movie, put all the ghoulish heads on sticks you want, and shoot them in a creepy cave. Ardant just sat in a chair and stole the entire movie in 4 minutes. (Geoffrey Rush practiced a bit of larceny himself.)
You tell me. Watch this