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Hardest Accent to replicate

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by longjumper42, Nov 13, 2006.


Since we're on the topic accents....which is the hardest to duplicate

  1. Irish

    2 vote(s)
  2. Russian

    5 vote(s)
  3. Boston

    9 vote(s)
  4. English

    1 vote(s)
  5. Middle Eastern

    4 vote(s)
  1. longjumper42

    longjumper42 Member

    Since this thread is all about actors who can't do a good accent, I am wondering which you think is the hardest to replicate.
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Boston. If you're not from there, don't bother trying -- you'll likely fail and fail miserably. See Costner, Kevin.
  4. DrewWilson

    DrewWilson Member

    F) South Bostonian. see Ward Burton.
  5. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    As a southerner who went to college in Boston, I've heard many of my southern friends brutalize a Boston accent when the subject of my schooling comes up. Truly, truly horrendous...about as bad as a Bostonian trying to imitate a Southerner.

    One place to start if you're trying to use a Boston accent is to decide if you're going for the working-class (Johnny Most, Click and Clack) accent or the Brahmin-elite accent (Kennedys). They're pretty different.

    Hardest one to replicate though? My vote goes to the New Orleans accent, white-people version. Irish and Italian influences make this very weird when comapred to other Southern accents. I thought the characters in Oliver Stone's JFK did a pretty good job with replicating this difficult accent, BTW.
  6. joe

    joe Active Member

    Oklahoma. Not quite Texas, not quite Arkansas.
  7. Bill Horton

    Bill Horton Active Member

    I've done some community theaters and small independent movies and the most difficult on that list would be Irish, simply because it's so easy to slip into English or Scottish if you're not entirely focused.
    The most difficult of all for me has been South African. That unique combination of English and Dutch is very distinctive and difficult.
  8. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    I'm just sorry that "boots' neighbor, mid-bang" isn't an option.
  9. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    The next good Southern accent I hear in movies or television will be the first. Read: Someone shoot Kyra Sedgewick yesterday, please!
  10. tommyp

    tommyp Member

    I think Irish and Middle-Eastern are practically interchangeable. Slow down the Arab, and you have Irish.
  11. Del_B_Vista

    Del_B_Vista Active Member

    Whatever accent Leonard DiCaprio is attempting in "Blood Diamond." I've seen the trailer a couple of times and haven't figured out if it's Australian, South African or, gulp, French. That's how brutal it is. And I'm not a Leo-Hater.
  12. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Angelina Jolie's accent in 'Alexander.' She sounded like she was from Pottsylvania.
    Now go get moose and squirrel.
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