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Actors "faking" accents for movies: the good, bad and ugly

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  • Added on: February 1st, 2007
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Originally posted by chrissy2k5:
Ode to Hugh Laurie: ...Later someone told me it's the American accent that's fake- I was shocked! Turns out Hugh Laurie spent the greater part of his career doing British comedy sketches (check them out, they are knee-slappin' awesome). He is amazing, and, if i say so myself, smokin' hot for a near-50-year-old.
He was also in "Sense and Sensibility" as the sensible husband of the odious woman Emma Thompson and Kate Winslett stayed with in London.

And speaking of fake American accents, there are several in the TV show "Without a Trace." Poppy Montgomery grew up in Sydney, Australia and Marianne Jean-Baptiste is British. Anthony LaPaglia also grew up in Australia but deliberately lost his accent some years ago.
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Nicole Kidman has a great South African accent in both English and French in "The Interpreter".
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Just finished watching boondock saints. OMG- The cops... I dunno where they're from, but I don't think it's Boston- maybe Bill can correct me.

But waaay worse is the guy who keeps going between the Irish and American accents. Half the movie he speaks like a kid from california, the other half he's got some kinda Irish thing going on. Took me twenty minutes to realise the 2 main characters were brothers because of it....

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Jayn. All the cops were from Toronto, where the movie was filmed. All Canadian guys. They don't know from Boston Accents.
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Granted, the movie Saw sucked and I shouldn't admit to having seen it among such polite company, but Cary Elwes just couldn't decide if he was British or American in that flick. Of course, once you start sawing off your own leg, I guess your voice my change a bit.

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Ok, I know this is a really old movie, but honestly, the worst has to be Dick Van Dyke's english accent in Mary Poppins...It's beyond painful to listen to

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What?? He's not really a Cockney? Wink

Well, he dances well with penguins, so that more than makes up for it.

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I watched "The World's Fastest Indian" recently and thought Sir Anthony Hopkins did a great Kiwi accent... But it's been 15 (!!!!) years since I was there, so I'm certainly not the expert. Smile
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The South African accent is one of the hardest to imitate... but i think Leo did an alright job of it in Blood Diamond!
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  • Added on: March 13th, 2007
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Nicole Kidman has a great South African accent in both English and French in "The Interpreter".

But I think she does a horrible American accent. Or, perhaps it's not the accent, but the volume...whenever she does America, she sounds like she is loudly whispering.

What I always wonder is...when an American plays a Brit, there is often a huge uproar in the tabloids (see: Renee Zellwegger in Bridget Jones, Gwenny when she first started in the Jane Austen movies). There are a ton of non-American actors/actresses playing rather iconic American roles, and no one here bats an eye. (see: Kenneth Branaugh playing FDR, Nic Kidman playing Samatha of Bewitched and a Stepford Wife, Rachel Griffiths as Brenda Chenowith...) Why do Brits care so much?

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  • Added on: March 13th, 2007
Brits don't care so much. Tabloids are always looking for something to sensationalise and - credit where credit is due - if Gwynneth or Meryl or others can play a British accent to a tee, all due power to their elbow, and we don't give a damn.

Where we (like you) object is where the accent is ham or simply bad and obviously put on. Gwynneth is very fine at British accents and is an honorary Brit anyway. If tabloids try to make a meal of this, that's their problem, not the British cinemagoing public.

Oops, having said that and examining my own prejudices, I realise that I am pleased that the latest James Bond is a Brit, for example.

But it's not only Daniel Craig's acting that makes Casino Royale the best Bond movie in years - it's also got a very good script, much closer to Ian Fleming's original conception.

I'm also patriotically pleased that Harry Potter is played by a Brit, too, and I would probably insist it was that way as JK Rowling did.

But as I said before, when the chips are down, what matters is the performance, not the nationality of the actor.

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  • Added on: March 20th, 2007
Kate Beckinsale does a great American accent but a terrible "Romanian/Eastern European" thing in Van Helsing. Of course I should never have actually watched Van Helsing in the first place.

Christian Bale pulls off American really well although there are occasions when his words sound awkward.

Would you consider his normal speaking accent like in The Prestige to be "cockney" ? And what would Michael Caine be?
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I actually think in "Cold Mountain", Nicole Kidman (an Aussi) and Jude Law (a Brit) sis quite awful Southern accents. One of my ex is North Carolinian (where Cold Maintain is based), so I am sort of familiar with that accent. I think both of them tried hard to have that accent but it just feels forced.

In fact, Nicole Kidman usually does a good American accent, so this move just her occasinal miss...
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Is she an Aussie or a Brit?
She's an Aussie.


Aussie actors usually do great accent, both for American and British. Another good Aussi actor come to mind (who has played both Brit and American) is Cate Blanchett.
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Not famous actors, just a general observation: American movies almost never get a German or Swiss German right. It's bloody horrible. To the point where you almost don't understand it as a German speaker. Example: the two cops who pick up Bourne in the Bourne Identity in Zurich. a) They wouldn't speak German but Swiss German and b) even their German sucks. I mean, they filmed it in the Czech Republic - it should have been possible to pick up two German tourists for this 30 seconds scene, right? The way Bollywood picks up foreigners for their movies. Really. HEAR ME YOU HOLLYWOOD MOGULS????
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