Actors doing accents. Oy. The potential for ham-fisted over-acting is all too prevalent – and often just an excuse for an A-lister to trot out some silly voice that has nothing to do with ANYTHING. And really: Why not? Why go all Meryl Streep and nail down the subtle intricacies of a regional dialect 99% of the audience has no knowledge of?
In this recent video by Cracked, host Tom Reinman speaks very plainly about the audience’s tacit acceptance of the some of the most horrible and exaggerated accents employed by actors in certain roles who don’t normally speak that way.
The realism of the accent is nothing to do with how much you enjoy it . An actor’s job is not to get it right, their job is to get a thing that we think sounds rate or that’s just entertaining.
Examples include Tom Hardy as Bane, Hannible Lecter, GoT‘s Cersei Lannister (who sounds like an English governess), Jeff Bridges (who has lately descended into incoherence), and Renee Zellweger (who was doing a weird Foghorn Leghorn accent in Cold Mountain). (via The Laughing Squid)