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A tour of the accents of the British Isles

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 07, 2014

Using Google Earth, dialect coach Andrew Jack gives a tour of the accents of Great Britain and Ireland.

The audio is originally from this BBC program. See also Peter Sellers doing various English accents. (via devour)

We Work Remotely

Peter Sellers covers The Beatles

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 13, 2012

Peter Sellers did four different spoken word versions of The Beatles’ She Loves You: as Dr. Strangelove, with a Cockney accent, with an Irish accent, and with an upper crust English accent (my fave):

Yeah, Sellers is pretty good with accents. (via ★bump)

Dr. Strangelove

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 09, 2008

Video of Peter Sellers reciting The Beatles

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 21, 2007

Video of Peter Sellers reciting The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night in the style of Laurence Olivier doing Shakespeare’s Richard III. Got all that? (via cyn-c)

Five great movie monologues. #1 is Merkin Muffley

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 25, 2006

Five great movie monologues. #1 is Merkin Muffley talking to Dmitri on the phone in Dr. Strangelove…one of my favorite scenes of any movie ever.

Peter Sellers doing various English accents

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 09, 2006

During an interview in support of the premiere of Dr. Strangelove, an unheard interviewer expresses surprise at Peter Sellers’ use of an American accent and asks him to use an English one. Here’s a video of Sellers trying to find an accent to the interviewer’s liking:

What is that, nine different completely plausible accents in 45 seconds? I love actors who can do accents well. Sellers is my favorite, but I also like Aussie Rachel Griffiths playing Californian Brenda in Six Feet Under and Brits Idris Elba & Dominic West (drug dealer Stringer Bell and officer Jimmy McNulty on The Wire). American actors often seem to have problems doing accents although Gwyneth Paltrow does a nice posh Londoner. We saw The Departed this weekend (really good, BTW), which takes place in Boston, always an accent minefield for actors. Locally grown Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon acquitted themselves quite well. The rest? Not so much. DiCaprio was alright, but the rest of the cast was tuning in and out like an old AM radio.

The Dr. Strangelove DVD has this clip

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 17, 2006

The Dr. Strangelove DVD has this clip on it (or something very similar): an audio recording of Peter Sellers seamlessly transitioning from one British accent to the next. (via clusterflock)