fake American dialects (Society Listserv?)

LanDi Liu strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 24 04:31:45 UTC 2008

What about Nicole Kidman?  She's Australian and has pulled off a
pretty good American accent in many of her movies.  I'm not sure which
ones are the best because I've seen so many of them.  Maybe Eyes Wide


On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 9:57 PM, David Donnell <daviddonnell at nyc.rr.com> wrote:
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> Was listening to Brit actor Hugh Laurie in his lead role on the TV
> series "House"... Was wondering if his fake American accent is as
> solid as it seems, or if it's just that his voice is compelling; I
> don't pick up anything regional when he speaks, as I often do with my
> fellow Americans, no sense of place to it.
> Also, South African Charlize Theron seems quite good at her assumed
> American accent, although there's something I can't put my finger on
> that bugs me about it. (Not that I've spent tons of time listening to
> her.) In any case, unlike the "House" guy, Theron's U.S. dialect
> isn't just for a role, she apparently uses it in real life...
> stateside at least.
> Thoughts?
> Any other favorite fake U.S. accents? (Whether competent or
> entertaining; Monty Python used to crack me up with their screwy
> American accents.)
> David
> Missourian @ NYC
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> Wikipedia on Hugh Laurie's American accent:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Laurie
> For his portrayal, Laurie assumes an American accent.[1] Laurie was
> in Namibia filming Flight of the Phoenix and recorded the audition
> tape for the show in the bathroom of the hotel, the only place he
> could get enough light.[8] His US accent was so convincing that
> executive producer Bryan Singer, who was unaware at the time that
> Laurie is English, pointed to him as an example of just the kind of
> compelling American actor he had been looking for. Laurie also adopts
> the voice between takes on the set of House, as well as during script
> read-throughs.
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