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Why accents matter in movies

While watching a movie there is nothing that resonates with the audience more than a character with a convincing or unusual voice or accent. Conversely, a good film can be tarnished if its actors do not have a convincing grip of the accent they are attempting to portray (See Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins or more recently Don Cheadle in Oceans 11/12/13).

Good accents are often associated with memorable characters and if they are convincing they can add a little bit of magic that can turn a simple scene into a great moment of cinema. Here is our best accents selection, there is not a “mockney” voice in sight…

Heath Ledger’s accent in ‘The Dark Knight’

Originally from Perth, Australia, Ledger did a fantastic job in turning his aussie accent into a creepy, psychopathic American accent which truly unnerved all of the audience. Having died 6 months before the film was released, Heath Ledger won an oscar after the films release for his fantastic portrayal of the legendary DC villain the Joker. Ledger has certainly left his legacy on the DC.

Johnny Depp’s unclassified Accent

Even Johnny Depp himself has claimed that he doesn’t really know what his accent is but he does a great job in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film series by turning his unique american accent into another bizarre accent with no specific origin. His unique accent contributes to his amazing performances throughout the famous film series.



Meryl Streep’s versatile accent

Often described as the “best actress of her generation”, Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accents. Her performance of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady has been unanimous. An accent almost perfectly mimicked.

Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther accent

In Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman insisted that his character T’Challa speaks with an African accent. Chadwick Boseman’s accent was inspired by Southern African language ‘ Xhosa’ . Boseman thought it was important to embrace the character’s accent to push back against white supremacy: Boseman quoted “The intonations and melodies inside an African accent are just as classical as a British one or a European one, and all of the emotions and aspects of a character can be shown through that accent,” . And he continued “We have to take this opportunity to show that.”

Angelina Jolie’s British transformation

When Angelina Jolie was cast in the British Walt Disney Production ‘Maleficent’ many people wondered how well she would do in modifying her Californian accent into a British one. The result was very pleasing, with Jolie performing her accent brilliantly in an elegantly evil way. Despite the mixed critic reviews of the film, there is no denying Angelina Jolie’s terrific performance in the film.

Margot Robbie’s sassy Brooklyn accent

Despite her natural accent being a strong Australian accent, Margot Robbie wasn’t going to let that stop her from being in a massive film like ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ Robbie manages to completely disguise her Queensland accent with a convincing Brooklyn one. As well as her accent change in Wolf Of Wall street, Margot also had to switch her Australian accent to a unique and creepy American one for her role as Harley Quinn in DC’s ‘Suicide Squad.’

Cate Blanchett’s fantastic fake British accent

Cate Blanchett is originally from Ivanhoe, Australia however, she had no problem in portraying the former Queen of England ELizabeth I in 1999 film ‘Elizabeth’. Her strong Australian accent was completely hidden by her fantastic royal accent in the film which went well brilliantly with her great acting throughout the whole film.

Tom Holland’s English to American switch

When Tom Holland landed the massive role of Spider-man in the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ he knew he was going to have to use an American accent in his portrayal of the the Brooklyn-born super-hero. Holland revealed that he practised his American accent every day when preparing for ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ The accent is just one of the many positives in Tom Holland’s fantastic representation of the legendary Marvel character.

Renee Zellweger’s realistic British accent

Even though she is from Texas, Renee Zellweger sitll managed to use a perfect British accent in The ‘Bridget Jones’ film series. Renee Zellweger created a very funny and realistic insight into the character Bridget Jones’ strange life during the films. Zellweger claims that even when she was off camera during filming of each Bridget Jones film, she still spoke in a British accent, which allowed her to perfect the well recognised English accent.

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