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Actors and Accents...

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How well do they do them? any famous blunders any spot on?
13 years ago, April 1st 2008 No: 1 Msg: #31377  
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Sorry Jarrad, but Burt Munro was a Kiwi (NZer) ;-)

Fully agree with you on the fact it's a great film though. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 2nd 2008 No: 2 Msg: #31418  
LOL really? thats okay, I have nothing against those guys!

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13 years ago, April 2nd 2008 No: 3 Msg: #31429  
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And we, nothing against you guys ;-) Reply to this

13 years ago, April 2nd 2008 No: 4 Msg: #31482  
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And marks out of 10 for old Hopkins Kiwi accent? Reply to this

13 years ago, April 2nd 2008 No: 5 Msg: #31485  
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I would say about 6.5. He did OK but it sounded like he was trying to be an Aussie assuming we sound the same... Oh well big Hollywood actors rarely get accents right. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 2nd 2008 No: 6 Msg: #31487  
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Looks like the accent was good enough to fool Jarrad ;-) (sorry Jarrad, couldn't help it)

I'd give Hopkins a 7 - I've definitely heard worse! Reply to this

13 years ago, April 2nd 2008 No: 7 Msg: #31517  
I can't remember anything about the accent. But I guess it was subtle enough for me not to remember it then 😊 Reply to this

13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #31651  
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So on a side note.. Are you from a country that has had a big hollywood actor try to do your national accent only to balls it up or have they flawed it.. South Africans (or Rhodesians), Im looking at you, Leonardo, Blood Diamond??... Any others?
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13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #31656  
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Great Job : Rene Zellwinger - Bridget Jones - pretty much spot on IMHO.

Terrible: Dick Van Dike - Mary Poppins... one of the classic dreadful accents. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #31661  
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I know its not a film but all the actors that played "Australians" in that episode of the Simpsons where they go to Australia was possibly the worst attempt at accents I've ever heard!!! However its a comedy series so possibly taking the piss...

I ran into a Ugandan who had seen The Last King Of Scotland and said that Forest Whitaker was basically perfect in his portrayal of crazy man Idi Amin. So I guess it sometimes can be pulled off. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #31668  
Some of the Irish accents I have heard on movies are amusing. It is as if they think there is an Irish accent and not several. They create some kind of hybrid accent from the different accents from different parts of Ireland. :D

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13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 12 Msg: #31678  
I was watching "10 things I Hate About You" last night. They kept referencing Heath Ledgers accent as being Australian. Now I know he was actually an Australian but I couldn't pick it out at all. He sounded just like the rest of the Americans in the movie.

And I pride myself at being good at picking out accents. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 13 Msg: #31690  
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I'm not sure if he's got it right, but how funny is Brad Pitt's pikey accent in Snatch :-) Reply to this

13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 14 Msg: #31691  
In school I was told the politically correct term for a "Pikey" was "Traveller".

In these forums though it might get a little confusing if we say that. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 15 Msg: #31693  
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Alan, I know 'Pikey' is a pejorative term and it would be more politically correct if I'd said 'Traveller', but I just took the term they used in the movie. I do think people know what I'm talking about. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I actually think that it would be more confusing if I'd said "Pitt's traveller accent in Snatch", no ? My apologies. Didn't mean to confuse anyone, or hurt anyone's feelings. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 16 Msg: #31698  
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I don't think Brad will be hurt in the slightest by the use of the term "Pikey". Reply to this

13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 17 Msg: #31701  
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I think you'll find, and maybe Ali, being a Brit, could back me up here, that Pikeys dont have a specific accent. As the proper name suggests, they are travellers, they move about a lot and come from all over the UK. The UK has a surprisingly huge range of accents for such a little country. Someone from Bournemouth is going to sound different than someone from York who is going to sound very different to someone from the Scottish Highlands. I talked to a few Pikeys I ran into during my time in the UK, some suggested Brad's attempt was great, others cursed it. I think having a definable "Pikey" accent just isn't possible. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 4th 2008 No: 18 Msg: #31704  
Living in north London I have had quite a few run ins with "Pikeys" in the past. Often get them coming to the front door asking if we want our driveway resurfaced. The reputation is that the accent most resembles an Irish accent. But as Camo said, it is a bit of a mish mash. As a result I think he gets it spot on.

p.s. Ivone, I wasn't trying to correct you. I was actually trying to crack a joke about the term "traveller" and the relation to this website. I could have delivered the joke better, and in hindsight it isn't actually that funny anyway. Sorry.
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13 years ago, April 5th 2008 No: 19 Msg: #31726  
Eric Bana's "American" accent in Black Hawk Down was appalling. He couldnt get rid of the Aussie accent, so what resulted was just a mongrel of sentences.

From what i can gather in the English speaking world, many can imitate British accents (though there are many...), Nth American accents, and with some skill imitate Irish, Scottish and Sth African accents. But no one can imitate Australian or Kiwi accents, no matter how hard they try. We're just too cool 😊 But "cool" probably means isolated and weird...

Yeah, the Aussie accents in the Bart vs Australia episode of The Simpsons are just soooo bad... but thats exactly why they're so good! Reply to this

13 years ago, April 5th 2008 No: 20 Msg: #31728  
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I'm yet to come across a single American actor who can do a decent English accent (no, it is not a 'Bridish' accents as they claim and the very fact that they can't pronounce the t in British says it all really!) Renee Zellweger would have to be the best attempt I've heard at an English accent. Why can't they ever get an English actor to play English people in films??!! Reply to this

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