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Old October 25th, 2009, 9:32 am
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Ah, I must have forgotten. Thanks


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Old November 1st, 2009, 10:07 pm
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I thought Isabelle Fuhrman's Estonian accent was quite good in The Orphan... I have no idea if it was authentic though. XD What did you guys think of her accent?


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Ewan McGregor does great accents in my opinion! For example, Star Wars, Big Fish, Down With Love, Moulin Rouge. In fact he hardly ever uses his Scottish accent in movies.

Also, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek. He said that he didn't do a real Russian accent, but like a stereotyped perception of a Russian accent, but either way it sounded good to me; I was completely convinced he was fresh-off-the-boat from Russia (Then I saw him in Terminator and was like "wait a minute - he speaks English perfectly?" ).

These have been mentioned already as good accents:
Hugh Jackman
Christian Bale
Heath Ledger
Renee Zellweger


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Cameron Diaz in The Box. I thought it was really funny actually


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I thought James McAvoy was British after seeing Chronicles of Narnia. I didn't learn he was Scottish until I got a book about the movie; in the book, the director (or producer, I forget who) also thought that James was British because of his audition tape.
You mean you thought he was English.

People living in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all British, i.e. citizens of Great Britain.

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To his surprise, when he met James, he had a Scottish accent. So I think he does good at the British, but I was confused about his accent in Becoming Jane. Wasn't he supposed to be Irish? He sounded British to me.
His character was Anglo-Irish, so an English accent wasn't necessarily out of place.


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Ok not a movie but I think Jamie Barber's accent on Battlestar Galactica was great. Would not have ever known he was British if I hadn't seen him on Law and Order (the british one)


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Re: Accents in Films: The Good, the Bad and the Cringeworthy

I just watched the trailer for the upcoming Prince of Persia and Jake Gyllenhaal's accent made me cringe. It seems to change about a lot and has a slight Cockney sound to it which doesn't seem to be appropriate. I get the impression he is trying to sound like a 'Jack Sparrow lite' although he could well have been directed that way so it possibly isn't his fault.


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Sam Worthington's accent in Terminator 4: Salvation made me cringe when it slipped into his Aussie accent. But he seemed to improve his accent in Avatar.


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Sam Worthington's accent in Terminator 4: Salvation made me cringe when it slipped into his Aussie accent. But he seemed to improve his accent in Avatar.
I noticed his Australian accent a few times in Avatar, too, which was a pity because it took me out of the moment.


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Re: Accents in Films: The Good, the Bad and the Cringeworthy

Here's an interesting article where an American voice coach assesses the ability of Australians in US programs to master an American accent.

How to make an American lilt


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I can't think of any film where the Australian accent has been done justice.

Daniel Radcliffe was better than I thought he would be in December Boys. A little.
I'm Australian, through and through.
I personally thought that Meryl Streep's accent in Evil Angels was cringe-worthy. She sounded like a dodgy housewife the whole time. Actually, now I think about it, Streep's whole performance in Evil Angels was pretty average.

As far as Daniel Radcliffe in December Boys, I was disappointed. I heard his English accent the whole time, except for that one "How ya goin'?" line which was absolutely terrible and gag-worthy.
It seemed to be that he would sometimes forget he was supposed to be Australian, and sometimes it was way to strong.

On a different note, does anyone else think Eric Bana exaggerated his accent hugely on Funny People?


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Re: Accents in Films: The Good, the Bad and the Cringeworthy

Sam Worthington did a decent job with the American accent in Avatar, but there were a few slips. He said that he's still having trouble with the accent.

Costner in Robin Hood was just awful. I think there came a point where he gave up.

On Southern accents...it's painful to listen to when people get it wrong. However, the main actors in O Brother Where Art Thou did a fantastic job. But looking on IMDB will reveal that they all spent time in the south.

I really liked Brad Pitt's over-done accent in Inglorious Basterds. That was awesome. Heh.


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You mean you thought he was English.

People living in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all British, i.e. citizens of Great Britain.



His character was Anglo-Irish, so an English accent wasn't necessarily out of place.
Oopsie! I already knew about Great Britain, but thanks for clearing me up


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I love it when English/Australians/whatever actors pull a great American accent. If I was one of them I would speak only in American Accent.


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Just throwing it out there, I hate when people try to pull off New York accents. It never sounds right to me.


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Ewan McGregor does great accents in my opinion! For example, Star Wars, Big Fish, Down With Love, Moulin Rouge. In fact he hardly ever uses his Scottish accent in movies.

Also, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek. He said that he didn't do a real Russian accent, but like a stereotyped perception of a Russian accent, but either way it sounded good to me; I was completely convinced he was fresh-off-the-boat from Russia (Then I saw him in Terminator and was like "wait a minute - he speaks English perfectly?" ).
agree with both these points. i was SHOCKED when i heard Ewan McGregor with his actual voice, and that's EXACTLY what i thought about Yelchin when i saw Terminator Salvation.

IMO, Tom Cruise is TERRIBLE at accents. in Valkyrie, he occasionally slipped into a British accent (for some reason - probably because all the other actors were British), and it was ... no. just no.


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I love it when English/Australians/whatever actors pull a great American accent. If I was one of them I would speak only in American Accent.
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Ewan McGregor does great accents in my opinion! For example, Star Wars, Big Fish, Down With Love, Moulin Rouge. In fact he hardly ever uses his Scottish accent in movies.
Only since he stopped doing films set in Scotland. In his earlier Scotland-set movies like Shallow Grave and Trainspotting he used his real voice.


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I just saw Inglorious Basterds last night, and Brad Pitt's accent for his character was just laughable . I know it was done for effect, as in it being over the top... but it was just a little too much for me to take.


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From a non-English native POV is almost every accent weird. Some are so difficult to understand (some British one for example) that I wondered if they are talking a human language at all. During "Billy Elliot" for example.

I'm always amazed how actors can switch from one accent to the other one.


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From a non-English native POV is almost every accent weird. Some are so difficult to understand (some British one for example) that I wondered if they are talking a human language at all. During "Billy Elliot" for example.

I'm always amazed how actors can switch from one accent to the other one.
Me too. Some really good actors do really good jobs in terms of accent work. But there are quite a few who aren't so good in that area . It's all a matter of hard work and practice in terms of that kind of work.


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