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

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Originally posted by elAdi:
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????


As someone who works in the industry I can comment on that. It has a lot to do with the Screen Actors Guild, which obviously is not a factor in India.
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  • Added on: May 11th, 2007
I've been back in the U.S. for a few months now, and I've been catching up on all the media comings and goings. You Brits might find it amusing to download a copy of "The Riches," wherein Eddie Izzard plays an American. A very entertaining accent. Strangely, it is nearly identical to Hugh Laurie's impersonation of an American in "House."
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  • Added on: May 16th, 2007
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As someone who works in the industry I can comment on that. It has a lot to do with the Screen Actors Guild, which obviously is not a factor in India.


Fair enough. But there still must be some sort of solution to this (I'm sure it's similar with other 'minority languages') - because it's just simply BAD.
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  • Added on: May 21st, 2007
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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).


Hugh Laurie was in seasons 3 and 4 of, quite possibly, the greatest BBC series of all time: Black Adder with Rowan Atkinson.

I find his American accent on House, like Izzard's accent on The Riches, hilarious.
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  • Added on: May 30th, 2007
Kevin Costner's supposed Brit accent in Prince of Theives...it lasted about 10 minutes and from then on he wasn't even trying!!!

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  • Added on: May 31st, 2007
I always thought that Hugh Laurie's voice was annoying, even before I found out that he was British. Its way too smug and smartass, even though that is the character, it is just a bit over the top.

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  • Added on: May 31st, 2007
"The Riches" also features the American (and Southern American, no less) accent stylings of one Ms. Minnie Driver, who I think is quite good at the whole accent thing. And I still think Hugh Laurie's American accent is fantabulous.
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"The Riches" also features the American (and Southern American, no less) accent stylings of one Ms. Minnie Driver, who I think is quite good at the whole accent thing. And I still think Hugh Laurie's American accent is fantabulous.


Minnie Driver's great. Izzard sometimes switches between the different accents made famous in his standup. I guess I can't help but see Hugh Laurie as George from Black Adder. As such, his accent seems a bit overboard when hitting the "oiys." I love the guy, but I've yet to make it through an episode of House.

Ironically, during Black Adder series II he guest stars as a German "master of disguise" known for his accents and impersonations. Hilarious.
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  • Added on: June 21st, 2007
Gone With The Wind is my favorite movie, but Vivien Leigh does such a terrible Southern American accent.

On that note, why is it that when I see an American in a British movie, they always seem to have a Texas twang? There's a huge range of accents in this country, given its size, but I'd say the people who live in the east-central part of the country would have the most neutral American accent.

But, then again, people here think the only kind of British accent is cockney.

Catherine Zeta-Jones is Welsh, and her American accent is perfection. I can't even tell shes from Wales.

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Brad Pitt.....for the love of God make the man stop!!! Thank God there's a mute button on the remote!

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Thank God someone agrees that Hugh Lauries accent is horrendous! Iam a Brit but to me it sounds fake and as if he were chewing his words as well as the scenery. The best American doing a Brit accent has to be Rene Zellwegger in Brigit Jones, absolutely perfect!

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Brad Pitt.....for the love of God make the man stop!!! Thank God there's a mute button on the remote!


He did a great Irish Gypsy accent in Snatch. I have no idea if it was at all realistic but it was entertaining. Big Grin
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  • Added on: January 22nd, 2008
i have heard that tv networks send people to nebraska to develop a nuetral american accent. I m not sure if this is true. I like the guy on king of the hill who has such a thick country accent you can't understand him. I know people like that and I think it is hilarious

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  • Added on: April 26th, 2008
WEll as for my top two, I'd say Viggo Mortensen in anything he does (I think he's had a few awesome and entirely believable accents, but Eastern Promises tops the bunch)...

And from (my dear, departed, favourite TV show) Jericho, there's Lennie James who plays Hawkins - I nearly fell off my chair when I found out he was actually British!


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