The accents you hear in movies aren't typically what you'd call accurate, and this lack of accuracy can be really distracting and detract from the viewing experience.
Of course, having no accent at all can ruin a movie too, just look at how bad Kevin Costner's portrayal of Robin Hood was largely because he refused to use a British accent.
But even though they have dialect coaches like Erik Singer available to help actors master a more realistic accent it seems they'd rather let actors like Brad Pitt and Will Smith do their own thang.
Dialect coach Erik Singer shows us what the Pitts and Smiths do wrong when they affect an accent, but he also shows us how some actors get it oh so right, like Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal of Truman Capote.
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