I love the way British people talk. You should definitely see this if you’re a fan of accents. It’s pretty darn impressive his transference between each region’s sound.
What you’re hearing is dialect coach Andrew Jack, as he provides a tour of the accents found in the British Isles, and highlights the key differences between each region’s pronunciation of English.
He is well-known for helping non-British actors, and has worked on over 80 motion picture films, working with over 200 big names in the business get their accents right for the role.
Andrew helped Robert Downey Jnr. in Chaplin, and Scarlett Johansson in Girl with a Pearl Earring. He also helped Pierce Brosnan to lose his Irish accent in the James Bond films. Could you imagine what it would sound like to say “My name is Bond, James Bond” with an Irish accent?
J.R.R. Tolkien came up with the actual words for the Elvish language in Lord of the Rings, created from Welsh words and the grammatical principles of Finnish. However, it was Andrew who was responsible for training the entire cast of the trilogy to correctly pronounce the Elvish language, and Black Speech. He also created the Middle-Earth accents.
A flash of strange spelling and a hint of a language old and yet alive. It pierced my linguistic heart—JRR Tolkien
Andrew started as an actor working mostly in sound, radio shows, and doing ADR (additional dialogue replacement) for films. He would sometimes be doing the ADR for both characters in a scene so needed to find ways to disguise his voice.
When he ran out of work as an actor he then became an air steward and flew around the world, picking up lots of accents in the process. So he taught himself phonetics and decided he should help others learn what he was doing, so he taught for 10 years before going freelance.
Watch this clip below to find out more about Andrew and hear him speak Elvish!
Though we take them for granted, accents and dialects in film and on stage are as important in shaping a character as costumes, sets, and lighting. And the wrong accent or dialect can be distracting—it’s very important to get it right. And that’s the job of the dialect coach.
So if you like putting on an accent, keep at it. With enough love and practice you could well make a living from it.