On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert wondered what it might sound like if Downton Abbey were performed with American accents as opposed to the original English ones. Luckily, his guests Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham), and Allen Leech (Tom Branson) were able to deliver. Dockery’s American Lady Mary sounded as if she were the Lady of a Mall in Van Nuys, with Bonneville as her lovable, if doddering, dad, while Leech’s Branson spoke as if his only reference to the American accent was Project Runway’s Tim Gunn. While the performances were delightful and Colbert was tickled, it remains clear that Downton Abbey would simply not be the same were it to cross the pond, accent-wise.
It seems like Colbert is a bit accent-obsessed this week, as was evidenced last night, when he and guest Marion Cotillard proved that even the most bizarre or mundane English sentences sound better in French.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.