Fassbender – one of the few non-Americans who can do a flawless American accent.
I’m not watching the clips because I want to be surprised, but if his accent is flawless here, it’s a major improvement from Shame. I love that performance, but his accent was all over the place in that movie. I think they threw in a line of dialogue about him being a immigrant just to cover their bases.
Also, here’s another clip with Fassbender and Cruz.
I don’t know. My exception for this film is lowering by new each teaser and clip. I think Cormac McCarthy has thrown away the script by letting Ridley direct. Awkward camera work and cutting, the lines does not flow well. Not everybody knows how to direct McCarthy-dialogue I guess.
I think that Pitt is like DiCaprio. They can get in great movies, with great directors, with great characters, but somehow they cant get the recognition they want or deserve.
Oh finally a trailer tomorrow. Please let this be something special and not just a combination of various talents in one large disaster. I forgot this is the 2nd time Fassbender is working with Scott given Prometheus. Not a great film, but one where he had a fascinating character despite sometimes coming off inconsistent and not in some complex way, but more in a the writing is flawed way. Not a bad clip.
Yes, they did lol. Shame was supposed to be set in London, but they moved it to New York. I wondered, when I heard that line, if they maybe had inserted that line to excuse his dodgy American accent. Or perhaps he was supposed to pull off a hybrid Irish-American accent, in which case he did tremendously!
If he did have difficulty with the American accent at first, I wouldn’t be surprised. He’s bilingual, and even his Irish accent is tinged ever so slightly with a hint of German.
It doesn’t really bother me much & I gladly deal with accent inaccuracies when someone has that much screen presence.
And yes, I agree about his natural accent. It’s an amalgam of Irish, German, and a little bit of British.
Sasha, I do my best not to comment when you say *RIDICULOUS* things but I strained my retinas from rolling my eyes so fast that I’m going to have to retort to this one…
“Flawless American accent”??? What color is the sky in your universe? I don’t keep track of what actors do a good job and which ones don’t. Someone has to really impress me like Jason Clarke in Zero Dark Thirty, but listening to this scene (the last line of which desperately needs to be ADR’d) I can safely say that Fassbinder’s accent sounds too British to be American as well as too American to be British. Hopefully he plays a transplant so this will all make sense. But really – “Flawless”? Someone needs to control their use of superlatives.
Robert Wyatt? Like the phenomenal singer and former member of Soft Machine? The most disconcertingly cool man in the universe?
Okay, Kate, he was playing an Irishman who’s family moved to New York in Shame. He was a teen, Cissy was a young girl. Hence the difference in accents. When you have spent the first 13 odd years in a different country your accent is always going to be all over the place.
Sasha, seriously there are literally dozens of foreign actors able to do a flawless American accent. It is not exactly a hard accent to master. Find me one American actor who can pull off an Australian accent perfectly.
The emphasis on training for accents is so much different overseas where the possibility of work in the U.S makes studying the accent very important. In the U.S there is not the same pressure on Actors to make it overseas as the U.S is the big market.
BTW Fassbender is the best thing since sliced bread.
Now, there’s the Fassie we all know and love.
I hear his accent but every ear is different. The weird continuity break with Brad Pitt is sloppy.
Huh? Alan Cummings, The Good Wife- Kate Winslette, Mildred Pierce (anything)- Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain, Bat Man-Guy Pearce/Russell Crowe, L.A. Confidential-Christian Bale,(anything)
Deborah Kerr, From Here To Eternity-Albert Finney, Erin Brokowich-
Uh, Fassbender is one of the few very good UK/Irish actors who CAN’T do a good American accent. Have you seen Band of Brothers? Fassbender has never done a good American accent, much less a flawless one.
Ridley is at the top of his game right now. If there is a surprise/unexpected Best Picture nominee, it will be this. This will be a Masterpiece. Believe me, I’m psychic.
Really, Ridley is at the top of his game right now? Tell that to everyone who wasted their money on Robin Hood, Prometheus, A Good Year, Body of Lies etc.
What was he on top of when he made Bladerunner, Alien and Thelma & Louise, is what I would like to know…?!
Back then he was on top of his shit, now he’s just at the top of his game.
This is gonna be a success along the lines of BLACK HAWK DOWN, Ridley at the top of his game, executing -like only he can- great material.
Please, speak for yourself only. Prometheus is as good as sci-fi gets – thoughtful, provocative and visually ingenious. Robin Hood is hardly a classic, but entertaining and well-acted, just like Body of Lies.
In the past 8 years Ridley Scott directed 3 fantastic films: Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, and Prometheus.
Any of those 3 films are better than any of the last 3 Best Picture winners.
Full trailer of the counselor is arrived
I’m not sure about Diaz , think cruz will be better
That’s fascinating: I have never encountered anyone who thought Kingdom of Heaven is a fantastic movie. It’s a bloated and muddled piece of Hollywood storytelling (that is, devoid of depth of character and with not a hint of interest in actual history).
American Gangster? A tepid movie with not a single original angle on a milieu and a set of themes that have been exploited again and again since The Godfather. It’s a fascinating movie, because it is so completely lifeless. It’s what Scott does best these days: Style over substance.
Prometheus? The only good thing I can say about Prometheus is that the Fassbender character’s David Lean obsession is a nice touch. If only the script had allowed for more strangeness in that vein. The rest, though visually impressive, is a train wreck of epic proportions. Which would have been fun in a dumb way if Scott hadn’t tried to invest it with all that cosmic mumbo-jumbo.
I couldn’t help but read your comment with an accent. First Irish, then German as I read further down.
There’s no such thing as a specific “American” accent, per se. I’ve met plenty of born-and-bred Americans who have odd accents that sound like hybrids of other places and influences. Fassbender’s accent is perfectly passable unless they try to isolate his character’s background into a very specific place or culture.
Also, Sasha, no offense, but “the few” non-Americans who can do a flawless accent? Sorry, but British and Australian actors have been doing terrific American accents since time immemorial. I can think of very, very few great British actors who can’t do a great American accent (Michael Caine oddly being one). It’s Americans doing British accents that’s the problem.
I’m going to use my virtual bully pulpit to extoll Matchstick Men’s praises. Criminally underrated film, with Nicolas Cage being an endearing, walking Tic-Tac throughout. Easily the best film Scott’s done in the past decade.
Thanks to Julian for saving me from ranting… Lol
American Gangster doesn’t nearly get the respect it deserves. It was a standout in 2007, which was the best year for film in recent memory.
I’m going to assume that you’re joking.
first good review of the Counselor http://tiny.pl/hbbf7
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