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Benedict Cumberbatch is a rare example of an amazing actor from the UK that can't quite nail an American accent from any region Discussion

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Dr Strange: Sounds like he's over emphasizes certain inflections on softer A sounds on words can't handle what

Power of the Dog: I'm not sure if he was going for a modern regional Montana accent or trying to go more southern cowboy. Either way complete miss

Black Mass: I suppose Boston has a notoriously difficult accent to nail but it was a bad enough attempt that they should've just hired another actor. He didn't have a lot of dialogue but what lines he did have he kinda mumbled through them

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u/astroK120 13d ago

What I don't understand is why he didn't just use his natural accent in his Grinch movie

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u/Jeftur 12d ago

It blew my mind to learn it was Benedict and not Bill Hader like I had thought it was.

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u/shushslushie 12d ago

We watched that Grinch repeatedly the last two holiday seasons and I thought the same about Hader. Yup mind blown.

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u/BlargeyMcBlargerson 13d ago

He didn't want to be another British person playing the villain.

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u/JeemytheBastard 13d ago Silver

You should hear him try to say penguin.

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u/linguajinxes 13d ago

PENGWINGS!

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u/Kangar 13d ago Silver Helpful

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u/TJ_McWeaksauce 13d ago

Pengwings are Benedict Cumberbatch's kryptonuts.

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u/DiamondPup 13d ago

Cryptonauts are what Matt Damon thinks teenagers with bitcoin are.

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u/JDogZee 13d ago

The funniest thing about this to me is that he acted in a DreamWorks movie while apparently thinking it was made by Disney

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u/cynderisingryffindor 13d ago

Wormtail on the extreme right looks so confused.

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u/vonHindenburg 13d ago

I thought that was John Ratzenberger for half the clip.

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u/TonyWhoop 13d ago

Sounded like penglings to me, I call them penglings now

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u/Happy-Investment 13d ago

He says pengwings and penglings... It's so funny.

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u/dont_shoot_jr 13d ago

The fact that he was the in the Penguins of Madagascar movie makes this sooooo much better

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u/Snaglecratch 13d ago

Or the fact that he narrated an Antarctica documentary.

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u/enderandrew42 13d ago Wholesome

The opposite end of this spectrum has to be Hugh Laurie and Christian Bale, who can do all kinds of accents quite well.

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u/TomPalmer1979 13d ago

Between the Spider-Man movies and Tick Tick Boom, I was shocked when I found out Andrew Garfield was not, in fact, from New York born and raised, and is actually British.

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u/PEN-15-CLUB 13d ago Wholesome

He's so good that his natural accent sounds like an American trying to do a British accent.

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u/Toomanynitrogens 13d ago

I get this from having only known Idris Elba as Stringer from The Wire for years.

Hearing him saying anything in a non-baltimore accent sounds wrong to me now.

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u/Rad_Streak 13d ago edited 13d ago

“Is you taking notes on a criminal fucking conspiracy?” Is burned into my brain, it took so long hearing his natural accent to associate him as British in my head lol

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u/Kingkongcrapper 13d ago

Luther will work it out of your system. Then you will start thinking it’s two separate actors that look the same.

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u/fiftyseven 13d ago

do the chair know we gonna look like some punk-ass bitches out there?

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u/ehkzibiht 13d ago

"This n**** too ignorant to have the fucking floor."

That whole exchange is gold.

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u/facetiae_uvidae 13d ago

He fucks it up in the Wire a few times. He can’t seem to shake the intrusive r.

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u/winenewbie21 13d ago

On The Office as well. Tbf he doesn't fuck as much as Dominic West (Mcnulty) and their fuck ups tend to only be in scenes where they are more angry.

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u/10per 13d ago

It's really hard to maintain an accent when yelling. Gary Oldman can do it, but he's in rare company.

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u/phatelectribe 12d ago

That's becuase he's half American and has both passports. He was born in LA and his Dad is American, mother from the UK. They then moved to the UK but always went back and forth to see family.

He is literally British American, so it's not surprising he can do both - he grew up with both accents around him.

Just like Hayley Atwell, which is why she can do both so well too :)

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u/Quolli 12d ago

Gillian Anderson is also British-American and if you watch interviews with her she often does an American accent on a US talk show and an English accent on a UK chat show!

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u/miniaturizedatom 13d ago

He was actually born in California to a Californian dad, so he definitely grew up hearing an American accent at home.

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u/bigkinggorilla 12d ago

Which would also explain the American trying to do a British accent thing if he had those sounds competing frequently.

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u/geochalkie 12d ago

I was born in the UK to a British father but have an American accent since I moved her fairly young.

I am absolutely awful at attempting to fake either accent since I don’t hear a difference. If I spend a few months in either place I just naturally slip into that one.

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u/ToastServant 13d ago

He actually does naturally pronounce some words like an American. Adult for example.

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u/TM_Cruze 13d ago

His father is American.

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u/SirNoodlehe 13d ago Helpful

His father is an adult.

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u/dmkicksballs13 13d ago

That's me with Henry Cavil. Saw an interview and was wondering why he was pretending to be British.

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u/Lobster_fest 13d ago

I mean Tom Hollands American accent is pretty solid too. But yeah Andrew Garfield blew my mind when I found out he was British.

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u/TheManchesterPirates 13d ago

The thing which impresses me about his accent is prior to him I’d always heard about British actors doing accents constantly while on set but in bloopers Holland just turns it on and off.

When he got an Upcoming BAFTA award he mentioned a lot of actors are ashamed to talk about acting coaches because they want to appear naturally talented but he’s open that they’re very important to his development so I think his accent might be from extensive research and help.

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u/13B1P 12d ago

Tom Holland nails regional American accents too. He was amazing in The Devil All the Time.

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u/Maptothesharts 13d ago

I have watched Alfred Molina for 30 years..found out recently watching him in an interview he was British...seriously mind blown.

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u/meat-mill 12d ago

For me it's Benedict Wong. First time I heard him with a British accent was in Wellington Paranormal. Didn't even recognise him at first until I couldn't shake the timbre and went to IMDB like 'am I fucking looking at Benedict Wong?'

I was.

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u/mayasky76 13d ago

You think that's impressive, Toby maguire is actually three squirrels in a human suit from China.

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u/MagicPistol 13d ago

Wow, how did the squirrels learn how to become best kisser.

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u/mayasky76 13d ago edited 12d ago

You clearly don't know much about the sexual prowess of the common red squirrel

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u/TomPalmer1979 13d ago

LOL Tom Holland's American accent is so good, his real accent sounds fake. Seriously whenever he talks, my knee-jerk thought is "God that is a terrible British accent"

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u/PM_me_yer_kittens 13d ago

Never heard him speak his natural accent until his hot ones episode.. it felt so fake the whole time because I’m so used to him with an American accent

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u/CrAppyF33ling 13d ago

It's so much like a stereotypical Southern English accent that I just laughed whenever he talks in interviews.

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u/Mr_Clovis 12d ago

This thread is reinforcing my feeling that people's idea of what constitutes a "terrible accent" is heavily skewed by their expectation of what the person's natural accent is supposed to be.

If you had heard Tom Holland speak in his natural British accent first then you would probably never have had that kneejerk "this is a terrible British accent" reaction to it.

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u/desiever 13d ago

I also think Matthew Rhys' accent in The Americans was absolutely incredible.

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u/Expired_insecticide 12d ago

*Accents

He did a multitude depending on what disguise or persona he was in.

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u/Darmok47 12d ago

He's a Welshman pretending to be a Russian pretending to be an American.

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u/Schnutzel 13d ago

People probably don't even realize that Bale isn't American.

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u/NeoNoireWerewolf 13d ago

Bale did his press for the Batman movies in an American accent because he thought the character was synonymous with US iconography and did not want to distract from that. Many people likely do think he's American because of things like this.

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u/goodkid_sAAdcity 13d ago edited 12d ago

Christian Bale once hired an dialect coach to help him recover his natural Welsh accent.

edit: TIL Bale is just Welsh by birth

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u/baconinmyass 13d ago

Heard the same of Gary Oldman

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u/Benjosity 13d ago

Hearing Gary Oldman speak in his natural accent is so strange, just seems to be a mix of things. I think Charlie Hunnam also has a similar problem.

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u/ucd_pete 13d ago

Charlie Hunnam has completely lost his Geordie (Newcastle) accent. The funny thing is that the worst accent he's ever tried is Cockney in Green Street.

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u/Jimid41 13d ago

Hunnam doesn't sound like a natural speaker of anything. He always sounds weird.

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u/FullMetalCOS 13d ago

Killing a geordie accent is hard work to be fair.

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u/Urbannix 13d ago edited 12d ago

I recently re-watched Black Hawk Down. Ewan McGregor's American accent is...pretty terrible. And that's in a movie full of Brits and Aussies doing decent (Eric Bana) to poor (Orlando Bloom) American impressions.

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u/louisbo12 13d ago

Did he even ever have a welsh accent? This is the man that identifies as english and left wales aged 2

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u/butsumetsu 13d ago

I just learned that today... in this thread....

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u/terequiro 13d ago

I’m mind blown to learn that he’s English, and I’m English. This seems to happen every two or three years to me

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u/bkuri 13d ago edited 13d ago

I'd never watched Laurie before House and I was floored when I later learned that he's British irl. He can do an amazing American accent if you ask me.

Then again, I'm not from the US, so I could be way off lol

E: grammar

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u/Stay-Mellow 13d ago

He can do an amazing American accent if you ask me.

If you watch A Bit of Fry and Laurie from the 80s, you can hear when he used to be much, much worse at the accent. Really puts into perspective how much work he put in to get it right for House.

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u/asking--questions 12d ago

But that was a comedy show and they were always taking the piss with his American characters. It's not comedy if you're voice/accent are amazingly normal.

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u/enderandrew42 13d ago

He said it was particularly hard to say a lot of the complicated medical terms with an American accent.

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u/ablackcloudupahead 13d ago

He also said that he has a hard time with the word murder, so House would always say kill instead

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u/phdemented 12d ago

R's are one of the easiest tells, so I can see him avoiding the word

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u/gcg2016 13d ago

I’d always thought, and found critiques to this effect, that Laurie can do an American accent…just not one that actually exists anywhere.

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u/seanrm92 13d ago

Someone pointed out that the Dr Strange accent and the House accent are very similar. Almost like they used the same coach.

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u/KhornateSkinks 13d ago

That fits well with my take of "Benedict Cumberbatch can't do an American accent. He can, however, do a passable impression of House"

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u/Ru5ty-5heriff 13d ago

It must be a Dr accent thing.

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u/SailorET 13d ago

That's what I had come here to say. My first impression of his Dr Strange was, "Is that just how British actors imitate us?"

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u/dmkicksballs13 13d ago

Top 5 American accents:

  1. Christian Bale - I'd weirdly convinced myself that he Welsh accent had diluted over time time I heard his acceptance speech and that shit's still there.
  2. Idris Elba - Literally didn't know he was British.
  3. James McAvoy - Kinda incredible he can mask it, Scottish accents are thick.
  4. Toni Collette - Same as Elba, except Australian
  5. Henry Cavil - Didn't know he was British either and in fact I thought in The Witcher he sounded like an American faking a bad British accent.

Honorable Mentions - Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield.

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u/victorfresh 13d ago

Holy shit. I am floored that Toni Collette is Australian. I guess I've never seen an interview with her but her American accent is flawless.

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u/audreynicole88 13d ago

Watch a clip of her in Muriel’s Wedding for her early career Australian accent in all its glory!

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u/kumran 13d ago

You gotta watch Muriel's Wedding. A true classic.

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u/Original-Impression1 13d ago

Damien Lewis.I thought he was an American untill i saw his interview.

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u/DavidKirk2000 13d ago

Wait what? Toni Colette isn’t American?

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u/aerospacenut 12d ago

“The uploader has not made this video available in your country”

Well I can’t know for certain now if Toni Colette is Australian but I know I definitely am.

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u/Sigma1977 13d ago

No love for Jodie Comer?

She does all sorts of accents but her real accent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQtFVBrbojQ is the kind I might hear yelling outside a bar on Concert Square at 2am.

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u/Vinylcrackhead 13d ago

One of the main reasons I like Tom Holland as Spiderman is he can pull of a Queen's accent pretty well.

Nobody has mentioned Idris Elba as far as I can see. The Wire and his stint in The US Office are incredible accents.

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u/therealjoshua 13d ago

"I am aware of the effect I have on women"

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u/Budgiesaurus 13d ago

Switching from the Queen's English to Queens English is no small feat.

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u/kxbrown 13d ago

Emma Watson's "valley girl" accent in Bling Ring is atrocious

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u/PowerfulWalrus9 13d ago

Her American accent is terrible in everything. Easily the worst by a British actor.

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u/mr_snips 13d ago edited 13d ago

Check out Maisie Williams trying to do a New Orleans accent in The Book of Love:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkxBS6GGDLs

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u/hieronymous-cowherd 12d ago

Wow, what a nice little movie from 2016. No idea why anyone would watch the 1 hour 46 minute version!

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u/neuroplastic1 12d ago

I think worse movies make longer trailers because the story is so uninteresting that they have to sell the full emotional experience just to entice people to see it.

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u/Sgarn0n 12d ago

hahaha they even showed his wife getting killed in the trailer.

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u/Ok_Sheepherder_8313 12d ago

Dead God. That's the worst I've ever seen. Did she even know what she was trying to do?

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u/phatelectribe 12d ago

False: Gerard Butler is absolutely terrible at anything other than deep Glasgow accent. he can't even do other Scottish accents. His attempts at American accents are god awful.

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u/idroled 13d ago

The weak link in the amazing Little Women. She seems like she’s focusing more on getting the accent than on actually acting?

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u/reddituser1158 13d ago

And it’s so noticeable since Saoirse Ronan is a great actress and does such a better job in the movie.

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u/PatchesofSour 13d ago

Saoirse Ronan was nominated for best actress by the Oscars, I believe twice before Little Women

Little Women just showed the lack of acting range Emma has when you put her next to Saoirse and Florence who are younger and had some serious acting chops

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u/[deleted] 13d ago

Her family in the film is played by Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep; there was no way she was coming out of that one looking good.

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u/Cinematry 13d ago

Damn, that's an absurd lineup.

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u/starstarstar42 13d ago edited 9d ago

This is not true. His accent sounds exactly like my Lebanese friend from New England that moved to Iowa at age 8 then attended college in Mississippi whereupon he settled down with his wife in Jacksonville.

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u/BattleHall 13d ago

I know a guy who grew up on Long Island culturally Jewish, went to undergrad in Louisiana, and then grad school in Boston. He has the most entertainingly fucked up accent, along with a completely hodgepodge of euphemisms and similes. He's a wicked mensch, cher.

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u/DynamoSexytime 13d ago

Came here to say the exact same thing.

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u/starstarstar42 13d ago

But are you saying it in a LebaNewIoSouthInsane accent?

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u/girafa nìn ngenga, som tanhì 13d ago

Yeah TBH America is such a fuckin mix of things that if Cumberbatch was in Texas with his accent I would never think twice about it.

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u/Morrigan66 13d ago Silver

What's his face that plays Rick from the walking dead perfectly nailed the appalachian accent. I'm from Tennessee. In the show he's from Kentucky. For a few years I was so happy they had hired someone from my general area because the accent was so on point I just assumed he was from around here. I was so surprised when I found out he was British.

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u/ParadeSit 12d ago

Coral?

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u/Morrigan66 12d ago

Lol that kids name was the only thing he butchered but he got the accent down with everything else.

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u/kajnbagoat7 12d ago

Andrew Lincoln fooled me downright. I didn’t know he was British till I was halfway through the 5th season of the walking dead.

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u/Red-belliedOrator 12d ago

Same. At some point I realized it was the same guy from Love Actually, and I was blown away that I hadn't noticed before.

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u/zebedir 12d ago

He once walked into the pub I worked in. I served him a few pints and had a chat while he propped up the bar. Didn't even realise it was him til the next day and heard he'd been around, was convinced he was American irl and didn't twig at all

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u/Varekai79 12d ago

Rick Grimes grew up in King County, Georgia.

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u/HotpieTargaryen FML Summer 2019 Winner 13d ago

It’s the hard R at the end of words. He cannot say anything without hitting it too hard. He should absolutely use his normal accent in all of his roles.

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u/minneapple79 13d ago

Catherine Zeta Jones does the same, overpronounces the R at the end of words. You really hear it in the Chicago musical.

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u/RunawayHobbit 12d ago

She’s always sounded a bit foreign, even when doing her American accent. Oceans 12 is a perfect example of this. I didn’t even realize she was supposed to be American.

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u/dollabilllz 13d ago

"ThoRRR Odinson. God of thunder"

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u/usernamy 13d ago

I don’t mind his accent but I was pretty confused that they opted to go American.

Just have a British dude living in NY. Would have been more than ok

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u/Sparrowsabre7 12d ago

Yeah pull a Charlie Xavier. Just because he's American in the comics doesn't mean he has to be in the films.

(Also what is Magneto because Fassbender went with English but I feel that Ian McKellen is doing a very gentle American accent in x1 that progressively got more English)

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u/andrewhoohaa 12d ago

Fassbender couldn’t make up his mind in First Class. He sounds like a mix of American, English, and Irish while playing Magneto.

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u/bob1689321 12d ago

it's the hard R

I did a double take ngl

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u/wisperingdeth 13d ago

Wasn't he in 12 Years A Slave too? Can't remember what his accent was like though.

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u/formicatile 13d ago

Worse than in Power of the Dog, which I thought was one of his better attempts at American.

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u/covertpetersen 13d ago

I actually really like his Doctor Strange accent, but I get why people wouldn't.

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u/Duosion 13d ago

It never bothered or stood out to me personally.

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u/ResidentNarwhal 13d ago edited 13d ago

It’s not bad in itself. But once you hear “British actor has slightly nasally American accent and can’t pronounce R’s quite right because they still have to concentrate on it the entire time” you can’t unhear it. Oddly specific but a LOT of British actors have that same enunciation pattern.

It’s more pronounced in the new Spider-Man but that’s because Tom Holland, to my ear, does a very good New Yorker accent.

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u/LupinThe8th 13d ago

I was honestly surprised to see an interview with Tom back in 2016 and learn he's English. His accent is very natural.

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u/bat_out_of_heck 12d ago

I love Tom Holland's Queens accent. He sounds exactly like a friend of mine who's a Queens native around that age with a similar background. It's much subtler than the usual over-the-top "I'm walkin' here" accent that Brits usually use when they're playing New Yorkers. It also gets the class elements right, which is rare for movies. People like Peter who came from working class families but went to good local schools/colleges here tend to sound a lot different than people who went straight into the workforce out of high school, who in turn sound different than people from wealthy families who went out of state for high school/college. My friend has a markedly different accent from his brother, for example, who's a butcher.

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u/ExoticDumpsterFire 13d ago edited 13d ago

I thought his Dr Strange accent is fine, to me the more jarring part is that everything else about him screams "British" so it just doesn't jive with my brain.

Kinda like Bilbo's weird, old fashioned east coast accent in Black Panther, just be proud of your Shire accent.

Now that I think about it, a lot of non-Americans seem to really like to do east coast accents. I've known many New Englanders and the accent is super subtle at best, unless they're talking to their ma

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u/huto 13d ago edited 12d ago

Are you from the Midwest? Cuz I am and that's the vibe I get from his Doctor Strange accent

Edit: for reference I'm from MN

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u/trimonkeys 13d ago

I’m from the Midwest and I thought Strange sounds the way I do

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u/FartBarfknuckle 13d ago

Yeah, I must be deaf or something, because I really don't understand why people single it out so much. I've heard far worse American accents than that.

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u/[deleted] 13d ago

It'a bad but it's not Keanu Dracula bad

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u/TJ_McWeaksauce 13d ago

Yeah. There are, of course, different levels of bad, but I think we can cut it down to two main levels:

1) So bad it doesn't sound anything like the intended accent

2) Not terrible, but forced

Keanu Reeves's accents are nowhere close to what they're supposed to be. He's at level 1.

Benedict Cumberbatch's accents are at level 2. They aren't distracting to me, but when I actually stop and listen, I can hear a hint of something unnatural.

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u/enderandrew42 13d ago

Keanu did 3 period pieces with bad accents (Dangerous Liaisons, Bram Stroker's Dracula and Much Ado About Nothing). At the time I was convinced he was a terrible actor because focusing on those accents really seemed to fuck up his performance.

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u/peteroh9 13d ago

Well...he's not a great actor. He's just a fun actor.

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u/s4lomena 13d ago

IDRIS ELBA on the hand, nails it all the time

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u/MoreDblRainbows 13d ago

No clue he was British for the first 5 years or so.

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u/Crankylosaurus 12d ago

I’m an accent, can he please nail me?

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u/Dottsterisk 13d ago

Agreed somewhat.

I thought his work in Power of the Dog was a marked improvement over his previous attempts and well within acceptable for the character IMO. There were a couple slips but nothing egregious.

All in all, a great performance, in my book.

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u/brazilliandanny 13d ago edited 13d ago

I'm pretty sure both brothers in Power of Dog were raised on the East coast (New England maybe) and moved to the ranch after university to run it.

Not to defend the accent but just to point out its not supposed to be a native Montana accent.

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u/KZED73 13d ago

I believe Cumberbatch’s character Phil went to Yale. I really disagree with OP about this accent work. The fact that it’s messy is more realistic given the complexities and insecurities of this character and what he’s trying to hide from the world.

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u/TraceAmerican 13d ago

Casting him in that role was entirely deliberate. The character is a well-educated snotty kid from New Jersey who moves to Montana and adopt the life of a rancher. He leans too far into hypermasculinity and certain slip-ups in his country accent really play into who he is as a character. Perfect casting and an Oscar-worthy performance.

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u/schindlerslisp 13d ago

i hesitated to see the movie because i have had a hard time accepting his version of a southern/cowboy accent and his facial expressions/mannerisms are way too rigid for a wild west american, but once that plot point was revealed, it was so clear how perfect he was for that role.

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u/BiDiTi 13d ago

His Strange accent finally worked in No Way Home, as well.

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u/millhows 13d ago

I feel like his Strange accent is based on Harrison Ford.

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u/Born_accessory29 13d ago

Yes he is distracting in these movies. Just let him use his British accent. Kevin Costner barely tried in Robin hood. It will be fine. We accepted Arnold Schwarzenegger as a police officer and a US spy. Its fine.

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u/kxbrown 13d ago

And wasn't he just an average salesman in Jingle All the Way? Like no mention of his enormous size or Austrian accent.

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u/OK_Soda 13d ago

Honestly my favorite part of that movie is that he's just this incredibly jacked mattress salesman and regular suburban dad and only once in the entire movie does anyone even seem to be aware of that fact ("You can't bench press your way out of this one!").

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u/Ozlin 13d ago edited 12d ago

The fact that he's a mattress salesman is really hilarious. It didn't sink in at first, so the initial scene when he's talking to two customers and apparently making boat loads of sales back to back didn't seem out of place. But then later when the full realization that he's selling mattresses hits that initial scene seems absurdly hilarious. Who is buying all these mattresses?! Why is it apparently normal for him to sell tons of them?! What's going on in this town?!

Edit: Y'all, I'm aware of mattress stores, thanks. I think you really need to watch the scene to pick up on how goofy it seems. https://youtu.be/uN9n_dj5puc

He's making multiple sales to different people with a huge list of mattress sales in a text document. It could be that he's an outlet selling a lot of mattresses to all the other mattress stores or hotels all at Christmas, sure. But, c'mon, this scene isn't going for whatever realistic explanation you want to throw out there.

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u/OK_Soda 13d ago

And he seems to have some kind of familiar relationship with them all. Even if he's telling them all they're his favorite customer, they don't seem like new customers. Who are all these people that are on a first name basis with their local mattress guy??

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u/thebreak22 13d ago

Commando is the rare Arnold film that actually explained his accent: John Matrix was from East Germany.

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u/mudokin 13d ago

Yes, John Matrix what a typical eastern German name. Yes it is. Yes.

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u/btuftee 13d ago

Dude, he was a deep undercover double agent with the Stasi, then was extracted and relocated in the U.S. with a fake name. At least that's my take on it!

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u/bertboxer 13d ago

technically they referenced it in terminator 3 and why they designed him to have a big scary accent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AskjFwiDbkg

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u/PinkPantherParty 13d ago

Kindergarten Cop, too. A classic of the genre

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u/celem83 13d ago edited 12d ago

Likewise Highlander cast an American who couldn't sound Scottish at gunpoint to be Connor McLeod, while slating Sean Connery (who can't not be Scottish) to play a Spaniard.

Edit:. It's being pointed out that Christopher Lambert is not American but French, my bad. Also Connery's character was Egyptian, which I don't remember but also appears correct.

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u/AnotherJasonOnReddit 13d ago

while slating Sean Connery (who can't not be Scottish) to play a Spaniard.

He's not Spanish, he's Egyptian!

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u/OzymandiasKoK 13d ago

That's "he'sh not Shpanish, he'sh Egyptshian!" to you!

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u/UrsusRomanus 13d ago

Arabic Spaniard from Japan.

At that point I don't think anyone could have done it.

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u/TJ_McWeaksauce 13d ago

Ben Kingsley could'a.

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u/figurativfunambulist 13d ago

Ben Kingsley can do anything as far as I'm concerned. He and Daniel Day-Lewis are on a different level. Hot take i know.

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u/blither 13d ago edited 13d ago

Christopher Lambert is French. *Edit to say that he was born in the US while he father was a French diplomat to the UN, he grew up in Europe, which is where he developed his definitely not Scottish accent.

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u/tothecatmobile 13d ago

He also spoke very little English when he got the role.

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u/JC-Ice 13d ago

He's from lots of different places.

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u/Flashwastaken 13d ago Wholesome

Hola! Shoy Eshpañol.

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u/TheLaughingMannofRed 13d ago

Sean Connery (a Scotsman) played an Egyptian who played a Spaniard. That is some big brain acting right there.

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u/Violet351 13d ago

We also accepted Sean Connery as a Russian and an Egyptian via Spain

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u/mightydanbearpig 13d ago

Connery only speaks Connery

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u/pakepake 13d ago

Hugh Laurie commented some years ago about his difficulty with an American accent (for his role on House). Likened it to pushing a noodle uphill.

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u/MrSaturdayRight 13d ago

Damian Lewis can do a pretty good Ohio/Pennsylvania but I never for a minute thought Axe was from Long Island or anywhere NYC

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u/helloLeoDiCaprio 13d ago

As a non-native speaker - isn't his accent flawless in both Band of Brothers and Homeland?

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u/TJ_McWeaksauce 13d ago

I'm an American, and all of the British or Irish actors playing Americans in Band of Brothers did fine or better.

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u/dewky 13d ago

I thought so too, I didn't even realize he was British until later.

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u/dantheman91 13d ago

I feel like Americans are pretty forgiving for American accents since it's such a mixing pot to start. Going to new york you'll encounter 50+ different accents in a day. There are certain aspects to the "typical" NY accent, but at least from my POV, I never feel like "That accent is very wrong"

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u/historianLA 12d ago

I'd say Americans are more lenient but also, we are generally less focused on the regional/subregional differences. There are many English/UK accents that can label someone from a particular town or region and in film/media those may be very salient to the character. Sure, in the US we have some prominent accents Southern, NY/NJ. But unless they have lived in many places most people couldn't tell a Georgia accent from a Louisiana accent or North Carolina, much less pick out a central PA accent vs a Philly accent. So unless the accent is really meant to be a central part of the character most Americans don't really care.

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u/nyrangers30 13d ago

Yep. Whenever I watch a British actor play an American, as long as they don’t sound British, it’s good enough.

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u/Kim_Jong_Teemo 13d ago

His R’s when he’s Dr Strange are just so harsh at times.

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u/eltrotter 13d ago

What did you say about Dr. Strange's arse?

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u/Psyteq 13d ago

Get a look at his RRRRRR's

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u/originalchaosinabox 13d ago

I remember an interview with Anthony Hopkins many years ago. He said the easiest American accent for a British actor to do is the Deep South, because that’s an English accent from 100 years ago.

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u/melorous 13d ago

Yes, as someone who has lived his entire life in the Deep South, I am very proud of my classic English accent.

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u/halfhere 13d ago

Pish posh, y’all.

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u/AllYourEggsAnBacon 13d ago

There’s an old video on YouTube that shows this really old secluded fishing town on the coast of North Carolina, and they have the strangest accent. At first they absolutely sound British, but the longer you listen the more it sounds like what the middle of the transition between the British accent and the American Deep South accent is today.

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u/patprint 13d ago edited 13d ago

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u/GO-KARRT 13d ago edited 13d ago

That almost sounds a bit Pittsburghese

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u/SugarbearSID 13d ago

My wife is from the Pittsburgh area, actually about 45 minutes south of there in Burgettstown, PA. But her family including her Dad all have a nice thick Pittsburgh accent. Hers only comes out when she's either super excited about something or mad.

Anyway, it was really fun for me to hear her call things by what are goofy names to me. Nebby instead of nosey, gumband instead of rubber band, buggy instead of shopping cart, rolley coasters instead of roller coasters stuff like that.

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u/dethamphetamine 13d ago

Interesting! Reminds me of the Tangier accents from Virginia. (accent starts around 00:37) https://youtube.com/watch?v=AIZgw09CG9E&feature=share

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u/trinibee3 13d ago

I haven’t heard of the one in North Carolina but we have Tangier Island here in VA! It’s awesome!

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u/marcusesses 13d ago edited 12d ago

I disagree a bit with Power of the Dog. As someone who grew up in the region, I thought he really nailed the prairie cowboy/farmer accent. I haven't heard an accent like that since I was a kid while visiting small, out of the way prairie towns, so it gave me some weird nostalgia.

I also thought it was almost an intentional choice to have him do an accent he may not be entirely comfortable with, given that he's sort of playing a role in the movie as well.

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u/TazerPlace 13d ago

I don't know. I like his Dr. Strange voice. His "accent" or intonation or whatever sounds about as pompous as an American can possibly sound, which is fitting for that character.

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