"Then, there's Hollywood's theory that all languages have a British accent."
"I need to get drunk before I go to Red Lobster and order the lobster, but then I go all Caesar. 'What would you like, sir?' 'Bring me the brown one, he amuses me. Yes, the one with the extra-long left feeler—SEIZE HIM!' 'Anything else, sir?' 'Yes, why do all the Romans in the movies have British accents?'"
"Don't you dare Nick Phillips me, I know what you did here! You hired all these Caligula impersonators, but you forgot the most important one, one that actually speaks with a British accent. ME."
Strangely, although most of the characters are Venetian, everyone speaks English, and with an English accent.
Author's note to The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore