Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 32 Actors' Accents | WIRED

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  • Dialect coach Erik Singer analyzes the accents of some of Hollywood's biggest names. How accurate were they really?

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  • Dialect Coach Erik Singer

    Dialect Coach Erik Singer

     2 years ago +7249

    As for Pitt's Traveler accent in Snatch—the commenters are right, of course. I had always thought it was a Traveler accent (not one I'm very familiar with), but Brendan Gunn (Pitt's dialect coach on the film) has said they started by working on (and in!) Belfast. At a certain point that shifted, obviously. Blame it on a bit of careless, over-hasty research on my part.

  • ericynot


     18 hours ago

    I wish he'd analyzed Bill Murray's greens-keeper character in Caddyshack. That's one of the all-time strangest.

  • Rachel W

    Rachel W

     20 hours ago

    Brad Pitt: overrated AF

  • Daniel Bak

    Daniel Bak

     yesterday +1

    Dude, I should be studying for this final.

  • Nathan Craddock

    Nathan Craddock


    There’s so many accents in England which are all so different

  • SanFran247



    Americans for the most part are terrible with reading accents lol. After all, Liam Neeson played an American federal agent with his Ballymena-American mixed accent and nobody questioned it lmao.

  • Jasper Tickler

    Jasper Tickler

     2 days ago

    Mel Gibson in Braveheart - "that's pretty good"....seriously!? Although he can do a good angry drunk impression.

  • Rob Kadera

    Rob Kadera

     3 days ago

    I didn't know Daniel Tosh was an accent expert.

  • panocasabe


     3 days ago +1

    I would say, some people have a innate ability to imitate mannerisms and sounds. For example, someone like Eddy Murphy is probably someone that without training, could decently nail pieces of an entire person and their mannerisms and sounds. Of course, its different to do this in an entire film which would requiere to extrapolate those bits and pieces into words and sentences you have never used before with that particular character.
    In Brad Pitt's case, I would say Pitt is a charismatic trained of actor, trained but he has no ability to imitate naturally, that's why I believe he doesn't really ever nail accents.

  • Todd Craig

    Todd Craig

     4 days ago

    The guy is cute, but seems maybe a little pompous. I dunno.

  • WakeMeWhenItsOver -.-

    WakeMeWhenItsOver -.-

     4 days ago +1

    Is it me. Or is Erik the narrator as well?
    In the beginning "Erik is a dialect coach" then Erik talks. And it sounds like the same exact voice.

  • ChewiestQuill 90

    ChewiestQuill 90

     4 days ago

    The Belfast accent was terrible

  • Milanistaboy


     4 days ago +1

    8:26 Golden!

  • Síofra Collins

    Síofra Collins

     6 days ago

    I want him to train me

  • d-ren90


     6 days ago

    As a Scotsman, lots of other Scots have slated Mel Gibson for his accent but personally I think it's pretty decent. One of the best I've heard in terms of Scottish accents anyway.

  • silvano anselmo

    silvano anselmo

     6 days ago

    this guy is political

  • Vivi N

    Vivi N

     6 days ago

    "but people ARE inconsistant, that's real" <- so true. i hear it sometimes in others and myself, when you suddenly say a word with an accent you usually don't have 😂

  • ra.barbara


     6 days ago

    i love this guy!!

  • Kagirion


     6 days ago

    Worst presentation of the D.E.N.N.I.S system, Evar!

  • Justin Kamperveen

    Justin Kamperveen

     6 days ago

    Actually, Heath Ledger reported that the weird tongue thing that he did in The Dark Knight was to help him maintain his accent. Turns out his lips needed to be wet to do it properly.