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December 07 2010

Faking It: TV actors who don't use their real accents. James Marsters listed for his English accent in Angel and Buffy. Alexis Denisof is also on this list.

as is Daniel Dae Kim
People used to say the Canadians were taking over the US via Hollywood. Obviously it's the Australians. :)

Interesting tidbit from Robert J. Sawyer. Joseph Fiennes could only do an American accent when he played it angry so that's why his character was always written that way.
They think Spike's hair color was suppose to look real???
What about Damian Lewis?
Technically that wasn't Anthony Stewart Head's real accent either, correct nationality, just fake accent. Ahem, not exactly a big deal, but you know...just saying.
And the Brits and Aussies win, those talented thesps.

Hoo-whee! Andrew Clutterbuck!?! That's like straight out of Dickens or something. Figures why I like him.

I was actually sitting here wondering if Tim Roth, not listed, has ever played an American role and off the top of my head can't think of anything, not even when he was in that Woody Allen film. His mother dialect is so wonderful in Lie to Me, I'm not sure I ever want him to, albeit knowing he's uber talented enough to do it.
I am not sure what it is with Australians and their ability to handle American accents, but the best ever was young Mia Wasikowska (Australian) playing teenager Sophie on In Treatment with a perfect American accent. As, BTW, did Melissa George on the same program, also Australian.
Roth was American in both "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction," wasn't he?
Ohhhhhh, SoddingNancyTribe to the rescue. You know, I haven't seen those in so long I don't remember. Thank goodness there's YouTube.

Edited to add: Okay! He has a British dialect in Pulp Fiction (at least he does in the opening diner scene) and American in Reservoir Dogs. I think I'll make a little project out of this.

[ edited by Tonya J on 2010-12-08 03:54 ]
YAY! What a great day for Australians! I never realized just how many Aussies were sucessful in America! Good on them, showing the world what they're made of. (I am Australian, hence my excitement at something pretty minor). But still, good for them.
Well, Tony took on an American accent in "Highlander: the Series" and And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself. Not successfully, if memory serves. (I believe he was supposed to be Texan in ASPV.)

I remember a comedian some years ago making the point that "Sean Connery - great actor. Every movie...the same accent." (As Sean) "Hello. My name is Ramierez. I'm from Madrid. Right outside bloody Edinburgh."

But the big question is: Is the Geico Gecko British...or Australian??
I'm always incredibly impressed by Hugh Jackman. Whenever I hear his real accent, I'm always like, "No...you cannot possibly switch that on and off so well!"

While Dollhouse was airing I saw someone in a forum complain about how bad Alexis Denisof was at his American accent. I would love to know what nationality that person was.

Also, Daniel Dae Kim? Freaking amazing.
>>I saw someone in a forum complain about how bad Alexis Denisof was at his American accent

That's hilarious!
What about Damian Lewis?
lycoming | December 08, 00:15 CET


Second that. I watched the entire Band of Brothers mini-series having no idea he wasnn't American/U.S.

Also Jamie Bamber on BSG.
What about Damian Lewis?
lycoming | December 08, 00:15 CET


Second that. I watched the entire Band of Brothers mini-series having no idea he wasnn't American/U.S.
Shey | December 08, 09:27 CET


Third that. I watched BoB and both seasons of Life having no idea he wasn't Steve McQueen.

...Joking!

I have to say that after hearing Spike and Wesley I thought James and Alexis' regular accents were a bit wrong in that way of Brits doing over-pronounced American accents. Like they were trying too hard to sound unlike their characters. Rather like hearing David Ogden Stiers after having listened to too many seasons of Charles Emerson Winchester III. I've since gotten over that, though.

Then again, people hearing me speak for the first time, using my regular voice and without seeing me, have told me I sound like I'm doing a bad put-on accent, too. I haven't gotten over that yet, though. :: Sigh! ::
Marsters accent, having heard a couple of snatches, was one of the things that put me off watching Buffy for years.
His performance is great, but the accent is all over the place.

Denisof's accent is spot on.
I can justify Masters' accent being all of the place because it wasn't Spike's real accent anyway. He adopted it after becoming a vampire to seem tough.

But I agree that a poor accent can make a show hard to watch. It's one of the reasons I couldn't get into Fringe.
There's also "Merlin", but I can't remember who it is that changes their accent, if it's Colin Morgan or Katie McGrath.
Colin Morgan. He's from Northern Ireland like me. I notice we're all avoiding the elephant in the room aka Philip Glenister's American accent in Demons.
Oh great, thanks Simon. Now I'll need more therapy to forget all about that again. :)
Also on the list: Melanie Lynskey, who was in Drive.

Also, it's weird that they included Rachel Griffiths, but not Matthew Rhys, who has a very definite Welsh accent.

[ edited by JMaloney on 2010-12-08 16:15 ]
They also include Simon Baker from The Mentalist but not Owain Yeoman (Welsh)

No mention of Aidan Gillen (The Wire) either but, well...

To throw in a few more: Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, questionable English accent), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without A Trace, English doing American accent), Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace, to my ears a passable American accent, Frasier, awful English accent), Poppy Montgomery (Without A Trace, middling American accent), Jane Leeves (Frasier, IRL has a more RP accent, in the show is supposed to be from Manchester but not really sure what accent she was going for?)


Hey, what about Bianca Lawson? Or it that just a little too obvious.
Colin Morgan does great with his accent in Merlin, very rarely slips. Katie McGrath uses her own accent which to me sounds very weird in this period drama because she has such modern, posh Dub tones. Don't know what posh Dubs sounded like in those days though.
I wish my memory were better. I saw the Merlin panel at Comic-Con this past summer, and I don't remember Colin's "real" dialect at all. Bummer. He was cute as a damn button though.

[ edited by Tonya J on 2010-12-09 03:38 ]
Highlander is actually another good example, I forgot this morning due to being in a rush for work. I think Adrian Paul's accent in the modern scenes was mostly natural, but in flashbacks before a certain point in time, he used a Scottish accent that was apparently not always that good. I think Christopher Lambert avoided the Scottish thing in the original film but IIRC he normally has more of a French accent.

As for Tony Head, wasn't his "Ripper" voice in Band Candy close to his natural sound? I don't really hear it on Merlin either, he just sounds a lot like Giles to me.
i think Tony said in some interview that he was bullied in school for speaking too posh, so he tried to fit in with the other boys. Now when you hear him do interviews, sometimes he's all RP like Giles, or even has a little 'luvvie' lisp, and other times he's a little more street like 'Ripper'.
Ah. I wonder if he's reverting back to a little of that poshness for Uther, since he's king and all. It makes sense. Though Uther is a mix of posh king and fearsome warrior/tyrant...

[ edited by GilesQueen on 2010-12-09 16:30 ]

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