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Gosh I never knew he was British!

When I saw the Kings Speech I was quite impressed with the Australian accent of Jennifer Ehle, but when an Australian friend saw the film she commented that the accent was much more a New Zealand one than an Australian one...
Her accent in Pride and Prejudice is really good, I didn't know she was American until I heard her speaking with her own accent on the extras for The King's Speech.


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I had no idea Jennifer Ehle was American!


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I think she attended school in both the UK and the US.

When I saw The Social Network I had no idea that Andrew Garfield was raised in Surrey!


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I'm too lazy to read back and see if it has been mentioned, but Renee Zellwegger's accent in Bridget Jones' Diary is horrific! I love the story and adore Colin Firth, but she is just bad in that film. Why cast an American who can't even pull off the accent? I think it'd have been better off with a British actress or at least one who can make accents believable.
I have seen Renee in some amazing films, but I don't particularly rate her.


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I couldn't disagree more. . Renee Zellwegger's accent is spot-on, IMO! She sounds like some of the posh young PR women I've met in some London companies. . She even looks English - that round face and pink complexion ... I'm not that enamoured of the character, but I did find the film very funny.


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I couldn't disagree more. . Renee Zellwegger's accent is spot-on, IMO! She sounds like some of the posh young PR women I've met in some London companies. . She even looks English - that round face and pink complexion ... I'm not that enamoured of the character, but I did find the film very funny.
Really? I just couldn't take the accent seriously at all! Each to their own I guess. The film itself is really good though, I've been meaning to read the book too.


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Really? I just couldn't take the accent seriously at all! Each to their own I guess. The film itself is really good though, I've been meaning to read the book too.
The book is even better. Laugh-out-loud funny.


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Benedict Cumberbatch's American accent in 12 Years A Slave is pretty atrocious. In the scenes where he actually remembers he's supposed to be doing an American accent, that is.


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

Keira Knightley's American accent bugged me the whole way through Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. She didn't have to be American either... (Kenneth Branagh's Russian accent was fine though).


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Could anyone tell me what kind of accent is Brad Pitt's in Inglorious *******s? I couldn't understand a word.

On the other hand, Mandy Patinkin's Spanish accent in The Princess Bride is excellent. That's exactly how most of us Spaniards sound when learning English


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Brad Pitt's accent is a broad "stage-Southern" accent. I'd say it's border states rather than deep South.

ETA: Just looked it up. The character is from the mountains of Tennessee, which is about where I would have placed him based on the accent.


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I'm too lazy to read back and see if it has been mentioned, but Renee Zellwegger's accent in Bridget Jones' Diary is horrific! I love the story and adore Colin Firth, but she is just bad in that film. Why cast an American who can't even pull off the accent? I think it'd have been better off with a British actress or at least one who can make accents believable.
I have seen Renee in some amazing films, but I don't particularly rate her.
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I couldn't disagree more. . Renee Zellwegger's accent is spot-on, IMO! She sounds like some of the posh young PR women I've met in some London companies. . She even looks English - that round face and pink complexion ... I'm not that enamoured of the character, but I did find the film very funny.
I read somewhere that Renée Zellweger went through extensive training with an accent coach for the role and actually went around London incognito using the accent to try to blend in.

ETA: Found these tidbits on IMDB!
IMDBIn order to make her English accent seem more natural, Renée Zellweger retained it on set even while not shooting. Hugh Grant once noted that he did not hear her speak in an American accent until the wrap party, after the film was completed, where he heard her speak "in a very strange voice" that he soon found out was her own natural tone.

To prepare for the role, Renée Zellweger gained 25 pounds, and then actually worked at a British publishing company for a month in preparation for the role. She adopted an alias as well as her posh accent and was apparently not recognized. On her desk in this office she kept a framed picture of then boyfriend Jim Carrey. Workers who did not recognize her found this to be odd, but never mentioned it to her for fear of embarrassing her.

I've never seen Bridget Jones' Diary, but I did see Miss Potter, and I think her accent is fine in that one. Although, I'm probably not the best judge because I'm American.


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I hated Javier Bardem's accent in Skyfall. I have no idea where it was supposed to be from, but it sounded horrible; totally artificial and affected.


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