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The other day I saw one of the trailers for Prometheus. What was up with Idris Elba’s accent? I think it’s supposed to be Southern but it was like an intentional bad parody of one. I’m not sure how it’s relevant to the story but it was off-putting enough in the trailer that I sorta found myself hoping that the black guy dies first in this one. I don’t think I could put up with his synthetic drawl for the length of a movie. Have they not seen him in The Wire?
Did anyone else notice this?
Have you ever had a case where someone was doing an accent in a movie that was so bad or so unnecessary that you wondered why they added it to the character?
You just reminded me of Enemy at the Gates. The accents were all over the place in that.
Red October, eh. Two words: Sean Connery.
Spanish, Irish, Lithuanian, English, Scottish. All the same.
Maybe I just dislike southern accents, But Lucas Black in "Fast and the Furios: Tokyo Drift" had some horrible lines, for example "It's not the ride, it's the rider" spoken in a southern accent makes it somewhat more ridiculous. Lucas Black's original accent is southern, I still felt like it was over the top though.
Cambo, if I said it, a Southern accent is the only one you'd ever want to hear.
There's the wonderfully bad accents in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Keanu Reeves was hilariously bad.
I was thinking of Gary Oldman's Transylvanian accent.
Don Cheadle in Ocean's 11 anyone? plus any yank actor who thinks "english accent" equates with "talks like royalty" (ignoring J Depp for Sweeney Todd, best Bowie impersonation in a film since Zoolander)
In recent memory, Kate Blanchett in Hanna; to a further extent, Kate Blanchett doing an American accent for anything. I don't recall her ever doing a decent American accent that wasn't a Southern dialect.
Also, on a larger scale, why is everyone from classical antiquity played with an English accent? The last film I recall seeing that didn't have that was The Greatest Story Ever Told and that came out 46 years ago. Fucking John Wayne didn't have to pull an English accent in that!
The Irish Accents of Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz.
Angelina Jolie in the movie Alexander put on a bad Eastern European accent for reasons I can only guess at. Unbelievably awful.
Also Johnny Depp in From Hell. I haven't a clue where his character was supposed to be from.