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Re: “Insulting the audience: Why bother hiring British actors if you are going to force them to use an American accent?

I get what the author is saying. It's insulting the stuff they try to pass off as an American accent. Some actors, like Christian Bale, can do the American Georgia accent, or the standard bland Ohio accent. But he could never pull off the Appalacian accent. Compare and contrast Bale and Depp's accents in Public Enemies. Depp is from Kentucky and did the Hoosier hick Morristown accent perfectly. Bale on the other hand? Standard Georgia southern accent. The same one they teach every Brit in voice acting school in the UK. British actors of a lesser caliber than Bale fare even worse, which even Bale just manages to squeek by with. At first, you think they're Americans, but then you're confused because they sound like every accent of the general region combined into one. Is he from Jersey? But wait, he just said that like he's from the Bronx. But wait, now he sounds like he's from Phily. It's annoying and confusing and detracts from the plot. They should just do their normal natural accent, even if it is Brit, which I find annoying anyway. Too many Brits on American TV these days. This is why we need to go back to hiring American actors. Even Hugh Laurie screws it up, and when he does, tear down that third wall.

Posted by SeattleCobra on 11/02/2014 at 1:12 AM


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