Dialect coach and voice actor Erik Singer released a video this week that analyses 32 film actors’ accents, pointing out what they do well and what not so well. There’s a fair range of performances and genres, with some notoriously bad accents and a few surprises.
It’s a highly entertaining video that lasts a little over a quarter of an hour.
I’d have liked it to be a bit more fine-grained – references to the ‘English accent’ belie the tremendous variety in that country, for example – and to include accents from places like Australia, New Zealand, India, and Canada. But I enjoyed the insight on things like posture and vowel variation, and Singer is a genial and helpful guide. Other videos in a phonetics vein can be viewed on his Vimeo page.
What film or TV accents have impressed you, for good or bad?