Gromit Unleashed 2 | The Grand AppealIn California you are more likely to hear someone exclaim, "Cool, dude", than "Trouble at t'mill", but that could be about to change. Set in a grammar school in the Yorkshire city in , Bennett's award-winning play tells the story of a class of boys preparing for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance exam. When the play transferred from London's National Theatre to Broadway, it retained most of the original cast, including Richard Griffiths, pictured below, as the overweight but inspiring English teacher Hector, a role he reprised for the film version. While the production at the Ahmanson Theatre is directed by an Englishman, Paul Miller, union rules and immigration issues mean the students are played by actors from the United States. A dialect coach, J B Blanc, has also been brought in to help them capture the Yorkshire accent. Mr Blanc, a coach, actor and director who grew up in rural North Yorkshire, has led the young actors on an unusual training scheme, including watching The Full Monty, the Oscar-winning film set in Sheffield and starring Robert Carlyle about six unemployed male steelworkers who form a male striptease act. Mr Blanc also introduced them to "The Four Yorkshiremen", the Monty Python sketch in which four men attempt to outdo one another with tales of their hellish childhood, insisting in broad Yorkshire accents: "You were lucky
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Gromit Unleashed 2
The series consists of four short films and one feature-length film , but has spawned numerous spin-offs and TV adaptations. The series centres on Wallace, a good-natured, eccentric, cheese-loving inventor, along with his companion Gromit, a silent yet loyal and intelligent anthropomorphic dog. The first short film, A Grand Day Out , was finished and made public in the year Wallace was originally voiced by veteran actor Peter Sallis , and later by Ben Whitehead. Gromit always remains silent, instead communicating only through means of facial expressions and body language. Because of their widespread popularity, the characters have been described as positive international cultural icons of both modern British culture and British people in general. Wallace is fond of Wensleydale cheese from Wensleydale , North Yorkshire.
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