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What's wrong with American accents?

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' started by AllHailVader, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. AllHailVader

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    As soon as it was revealed that Finn had an american accent people were angered.

    They wanted him to keep his own original accent in the film.

    But am I the only one who actually likes the American accent?

    In my view, the english accent works best in villain form or as a sage and the heroic voice is the american accent.

    I can't think of many heroic characters with that posh Sakespearean accent. But some of the most classic villains have them.

    But I am not American and it's worrying so many Americans prefer the English accent over their own.

    Thoughts....
     
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    I don't recall reading or hearing anyone saying they didn't like his accent. I think the closest I heard was "well, looks like he's using an American accent." And that was about the end of it, until this post.

    I am American and I don't care what he sounds like; there's precedent for both in Star Wars.
     
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    Did anyone ever say anything baout Rey?
     
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    You should go to IGN's youtube video on Finn's toy and read the comments.

    It's mostly people unhappy that he uses an american accent and should have kept his natural one
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    How do you mean?
     
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    Because you were saying how people were throwing a b*itch fit about Finn's accent, but Rey is from The UK (The actress) yet she also has a different accent for her character.
     
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    personally, i was hoping he'd do his natural accent, if only because i'll be critiquing how well he does an American accent the entire movie lol honestly though, if he can pull it off, who gives a blast what accent he has. if he does a horrible American accent, however, i will be sad face.
     
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    But her accent is still "English". It may not be her London accent but it's the posh one that Ewan McGregor also used, which people are fine with.
     
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    I actually never even noticed that it was a "posh" accent!
     
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    I live in London so I can tell the dialect. Her and John are from South London and there's a definitely a slang from that region.

    But even from the "I'm no one" and when she asks Han about the stories. Very clear that it's posh and NOT a South London accent.
     
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    Do you think that it's similar to Obi-Wan's?
     
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    It may actually be a bit posher than Obi Wan's...although McGregor made it a bit less posh from Attack of the Clones onwards.

    But i am hoping it isn't TOO posh, and it's a bit toned down. A really posh accent for a hero is not really good in my opinion.
     
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    The Beatles usually sang in American and it never hurt them. Finn will be fine.

    I am glad @AllHailVader pointed out that Obi-Wan had a similar accent to Rey's. That makes me worry less that Rey has some tie to The Empire, which was fairly rife with British accents.
     
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    I don't remember anyone being angered?

    Finn's dialogue in the trailer is a bit over-acted in my opinion, though. Hope it's not because of the accent.
     
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    Not angered, just disappointed. I'd prefer his natural accent as well. English accents do suit villains better, and sound a bit more "other worldly" than American accents (to this American). Isn't he supposed to be part of Phasma's elite squad or something along those lines? I became nervous about it when one of the sounds his toy makes is, "I've had a pretty messed up day." Are you an Imperial/First Order Stormtrooper/defector or an obnoxious American teenager? No matter. I'm sure he'll be great.
     
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    Stormtroopers have traditionally always had American accents. Boyega's also had experience doing the accent in previous work so they were confident he could pull it off.

    Ridlely was specifically coached to speak with RP accent. It could be an important part of her backstory. Or it could be they just wanted her to sound as clean and easy to understand as possible for all audiences. A lot of Americans have a hard time with English accents that aren't your standard Jane Austen posh ones.
     
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    I have to say, I was watching a special on the Tower of London and I had to listen to a certain segment of it three times because I simply could not understand the Chief Yeoman Warder's Scottish accent. Then, it just clicked and suddenly I had no trouble at all. It was a very strange experience, almost like trying to see the image in a 3D stereogram poster, and suddenly it just comes into focus. The brain likes to process things in patterns, that's for sure.
     
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    It's like watching "Brave." I actually lived in Ireland for school for a while and irish accents are much more similarly harder to distinguish from our typically normal american accents.
     
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    Yeah, half my family lives in England and I still have trouble understanding Wayne Rooney.

     
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    I don't mind accents if they're done well. I have to ask though, is there a specific reason for a manufactured accent in this specific case? My guess would be that both were tried in rehearsal, and his American accent was preferred in conveying the lines.
     
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    In story, it makes sense because stormtroopers have always been American. Also to convey the fact that they're low ranking foot soldiers perhaps. British accents have mostly been reserved for higher ups in the Empire.
     
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