Dialect coach Erik Singer went viral in November 2016 after he joined Wired to judge memorable movie accents, including Brad Pitt in “Inglourious Basterds.” Two years later, Singer and Wired have reunited to put the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Kaluuya, Sam Rockwell, and recent Emmy winner Matthew Rhys to the ultimate movie accent test.
Unfortunately for Lawrence in her Russian spy thriller “Red Sparrow,” Singer says there’s something that “doesn’t fully cohere” about her accent work. Singer claims “the logic of the Russian accent is missing,” noting the back of her tongue is loose and soft and the front of her tongue is bunched and doing most of the heavy lifting. The dialect coach claims Lawrence would’ve had a more organic accent had she switched her approach and been more loose up front.
As for Daniel Kaluuya’s American accent in “Get Out,” Singer has nothing but praise. “It’s so good, there’s nothing not to like about this accent,” the coach raves. Singer has similar praise for Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya,” Hong Chau in “Downsizing,” and Lucas HEdges in “Manchester by the Sea.”
Watch Wired and Singer’s latest movie accent breakdown in the video below.