Those who dwell in Downton Abbey certainly give off an air of elegant aristocracy, but Late Show host Stephen Colbert thinks our love for the popular British drama state-side might not be so strong if the key players sounded a bit different when they spoke.
“I think one of the things I suspect makes the show so alluring and seem in some ways like a fairy tale to us in the United States is just how plummy all your accents are,” theorized Colbert, when series stars Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Allen Leech stopped by The Late Show on Wednesday. It was then that Colbert handed all the actors a real scene from the show and asked them to read it not in their normal British accents, but in American accents instead.
The result, as you can imagine is hilarious and certainly makes the scene in question a bit harder to take seriously. Dockery in particular steals the scene by coming in with a classic Valley Girl accent that’s sure to make you laugh! We’ll certainly never look at Lady Mary Crawley the same way again after that!
Check out the full scene for yourself above.
The final season of Downton Abbey premieres Sunday, January 3 at 9 p.m., on CBS.
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