Wood Harris: British Actors Are Better Than American Actors
In a new interview, Wood Harris explains why he feels that British actors are better than American actors. The star of Vh1’s The Breaks explains to VLADTV,
My theory is this: they grew up with Shakespeare from day one. They grew up with poetry in their life that we don’t. And also, in Europe, society has an historical sensibility that associates with the African contribution to Europe.
I just think that they have early poetry of Shakespeare, truthful history that is empowering and not as weakening. They come over with more of the truth.
Check out more excerpts from the interview below.
The public’s response to ‘The Wire’:
The acclaim of The Wire actually took off when we were pretty much done doing it. It was odd, for all of us. But we are all alumni now.
Why ‘The Wire’ didn’t receive awards:
People associate the show as the best show of all time. And not to make this race cause it’s not about race. But I couldn’t imagine a show that critically acclaimed not having more awards like an Emmy. I think it was two nominations maybe in five years. But Sex in the City got, and Sopranos.
His greatest memory from ‘The Wire’:
You know, that’s a pretty good question. I’ve never been asked that before. It’s 1 AM in the morning, we shooting, I’m in the trailer, and they call me to go on set. Me and Idris about to do a scene and we see a human hip bone.
How American history is presented:
In America, they pretty much don’t give you the real story at all. It’s pretty much Slaves and Masters. It’s a big difference [compared to Europe]. It makes the black American grow up with a built-in inferiority switch that is always in the shadows.
His thoughts on black history:
There a lot of questions to be had about all of that [slavery]. Lots of black people don’t come from a slave background, but they don’t know it. We all believe we came from one giant slave. Or from some plantation.
Growing up black:
In Europe, the Europeans associate with Africa. We over here (African-Americans) found ourselves disassociating with it [Africa]. When I was young, it was bad to be African. ‘Oh, you look African.’ Meanwhile, we didn’t know, ‘Oh! My cousin was Cleopatra!’ Something empowering so that the inferiority switch doesn’t turn on when you walk out the house. That’s heartbreak, dog.
Our culture is pretty much a heartbroken culture with no therapy, at this point. I just think there is not a lot of compassion for the weak spots in the culture.
Black America understanding themselves better:
We have switches that are in the DNA that belong to a hundred years of bullshit that never got therapy of cleared up or truthfully told to us. If you don’t go find your own truth in America, you will not grow up with the truth.