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August 22, 2007

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yo mama

He left out the classic "Yonder lies muh fadder's castle." Tony Curtis in about everything.

Lisset

Alicia Silverstone's Georgia accent in Beauty Parlor got on my nerves. Holla!

maya

I love Michael Caine. He can do no wrong. Who cares if he doesn't do accents well. You are right in that it's simply overlooked by casting agents, directors, etc.

He was great as Alfred in Batman Begins though.

Anthony

I remember an audition for "Ghosts" (the Ibsen play, not the Demi Swayze/Patrick Moore cf) where an actress asked us if we were planning on doing the play with Norwegian accents.
A Hollywood friend, (Otto, Pam) once made some extra $$ as a "dog-walker" for on-the-go film industry types who needed--obviously--their dogs walked while they were on location somewhere out of leash range. One of his clients was a noted speech consultant for the studios who told him that Kevin Coster had the worst reputation in LA for an utter inability to maintain an accent, while Gary Oldman was reputed to have the absolute best ear in film for exactly the same thing. Watch "Robin Hood" and "Batman Begins" in tandem and the observation is blindingly tangible. But there is a corollary: the best actors (Oldman, Caine, Mirren, Pacino--when he's behaving--) can make you forget within five minutes whether their accents are any good. Imaginative investment in the character is what makes a performance, not the perfection of their brogue.

GraceD

Whoa, Don Cheadle in Ocean's? When his character is worked up about the electronic thingy that will shut down power on the Vegas strip, he has these delightful lines -

DC: "..and that means Barney."

Clooney/Pitt/Whoever: "Barney?"

DC: "Yes, Barney. Barney Rubble. TROUBLE!"

- I thought that was all spot-on for that UK Working Class accent.

However, I tried to start using "Barney" in references to things going wrong, but the trend never took.

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