Only On British TV: “How Many American Men Did You Beat Off For This Role?”

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 10.35.44 AMIf you’re still not convinced that British television is far more entertaining than American television, check out Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid asking Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens if he had to “beat off a lot of American men” for his breakout role.

“Did you not have to beat them off?” she probes. “Why are you giggling?”

Cue gigglefest that brings the entire crew to their knees. Here’s hoping Ms. Reid doesn’t have to beat off too many trolls on Twitter today.

h/t Pink News

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  • jd2222248

    I don’t think she understood what she was saying…….. :-)

  • Slash

    That’s hilarious and it made me giggle too.

  • MarionPaige

    I saw a trailer for The Guest and found out that the guy playing an American Soldier was Englishman Dan Stevens. It’s like, why? Was there no American actor capable of playing an American Soldier? It’s like in Primary Colors, the actor playing the son of a Black American civil rights activist is British.

  • iltman

    Honestly we Brits simply don’t use beat off in that way, it’s more used as fight off

  • boring

    Chris Morris did this bit on Brass Eye almost two decades ago.

  • Curtispsf

    “No, but I did have to give several producers a blow job to get the part”

  • D P

    I wish the video included her expression once she was informed what she was saying.

    @Curtispsf: – YES! I love your response, and I would like to audition.

  • DarkZephyr

    @iltman: Well apparently Dan Stevens does!

  • Billy Budd

    Beat off means masturbate in american english? I’ve heard of jack off, jerk off, etc, but never of Beat Off.

  • Kenover

    @Curtispsf: LOL. So true to life.

  • Kenover

    The American English expression to win over someone else is to beat out. Hence, “Did you have to beat out a lot of American actors to get the role?”

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