Written by Staff Writer
Sir Ian McKellen is your us-against-the-world superhero, you-are-the-people leader. Bob Newhart is your family-first how-do-I-care-if-you-sleep-with-my-wife-of-nearly-40-years symbol. Stephen King is your most recent whodunit sequel hero.
But whether it’s knights, wizards, monsters or vigilantes, Brits get to play the parts of their heroes by being those people.
English funnyman Eddie Izzard delivers a sociopathic Johnny Depp for the WBA Heavyweight Heavyweight fight: a villainous, Freudian, racist cross between Depp and Prince. It’s a satirical assault on “no-holds-barred” entertainment and celebrity.
This gentleman-villain duel is around the same age, setting, and weight of the O.J. Simpson investigation for The New York Times sports page in the summer of 1994.
And on that particular Friday, golf fans experienced a furore of heavy-handed machismo, politics, and a bit of an American swagger on the course at last year’s U.S. Open.
Lionel Skinner of South Africa is accused of drugging Hossam Taleb of Egypt as American Jordan Spieth plays a shot during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open.
Beneath the surface, none of these protagonists sought fame.
Still, somehow, a dangerous clash of legends and lead characters is created.
The immediate implications were different for every nations, but the overall narrative was the same.