As requested by The Streep Troll (tm). This is a most necessary thread. *Kisses*
What is your favorite Meryl accent?
|by Anonymous||reply 85||02/24/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 1||02/13/2013|
She is actually only one of the very rare US or UK actors that have successful taken off the Irish accent. Mostly they come off as a really bad Scottish accent, like on Family Guy or 99% of every other actors attempt at it.
Oddly enough one of the best is Kate Hudson's South Dublin accent, it was excellent.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||02/13/2013|
Thank you, benevolent benefactor / OP-by-proxy!
Now we have the perfect trifecta of Meryl threads.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||02/13/2013|
The gasping sound she makes just as rigor mortis sets in.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||02/13/2013|
And even though 'Sophie', 'Africa', 'Cry in the Dark' and 'Lughnasa' are her greatest triumphs in the technical dept, I voted for 'A Prairie Home Companion'.
I find her Midwestern accent really pleasant to listen to.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||02/13/2013|
My favorite is the rarely seen audition film for The Miracle Worker. I believe Bancroft wanted Streep but Penn wanted Duke.
Such is H'wood.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||02/13/2013|
Her work in Sophie's Choice is remarkable not only because of accents but because she learned to speak both languages perfectly.
Tilda Swinton did similarly great technical work in "I Am Love", speaking perfect Russian and Russian-accented Italian.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||02/13/2013|
Streep spoke German with a Polish accent.
Her work in that film really is a triumph, no matter from what angle you choose to look at it.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||02/13/2013|
Come on...what could compare with, "A dingo ate my baby"?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||02/13/2013|
"Sophie" and "Cry in the Dark" are leading.
But we need more votes, DL!
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/13/2013|
Dingo ate my baby!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||02/13/2013|
I loved it when she spoke with cold diarrhea in her mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||02/13/2013|
Her accent in Silkwood was good work as well. Many many actors get Southern completely wrong (giving you the side-eye, Sarandon).
|by Anonymous||reply 13||02/13/2013|
R2, do you have an opinion on Cate Blanchett's Irish accent in "Veronica Guerin"? I live in Ireland but wasn't born here, so I'm not really certain, but it sounded pretty good to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||02/13/2013|
Cate Blanchett was very good, as was Joan Allen's accent both playing Veronica Guerin. Jon Voight in 'The General' was great.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||02/13/2013|
Didn't a lot of Aussies think that her Aussie/Kiwi mix for Lindy Chamberlain was atrocious? Personally I think Meryl can't do a proper English accent at all and was awful in both Plenty and Iron Lady.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||02/13/2013|
Her accents sound like she opens a can labeled "Polish" or "Irish" or whatever. Really, all her accents sound so "canned" and airless.
Does she still work with voice coaches?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||02/13/2013|
Her accent in "Iron Lady" was an attempt (a good-ish attempt) at recreating Maggie Thatcher's tortured accent. Not meant to be a typical English accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||02/13/2013|
Her "Sophie" accent is a little camp to me. I love "A Cry" and the way she says certain words in "Prada" - Demarchalier and Andrea.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||02/13/2013|
We're taaaawwwking abouut my baaabeee daughter..... NAUGHT SUM OBJECHT!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 20||02/13/2013|
I vote for Polish, because it was one of the worst attempts for Polish accent I've ever heard.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||02/13/2013|
Her Aussie accent was laughable.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||02/13/2013|
I could be wrong but wasn't Lindy Chamberlain a mix of N.Z. & Aussie? Hence Meryl's accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||02/13/2013|
It wasn't an Aussie accent, r22.
She was speaking as a woman from New Zealand, who'd lived in Australia for many years. Meryl studied Chamberlain's voice very closely (via the tapes from the court proceedings), and fashioned a personal, individual accent for the role.
It's a triumph in acting.
And her Polish, Danish, Irish and British RP accents are masterful and authentic as well.
Anyone who says otherwise is trying to be a contrarian just for the sake of it, but failing at it.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||02/13/2013|
Was the recent Aussie mini series about Lindy Chamberlain any good? Chamberlain said something like "She became me, Meryl acted me" yet was all over Streep back in the 80s.
The dingo ate my baby above all films shows her supreme mastery of accents and dialects but I also loved Julia Childs, that voice was worth the nomination alone and Maggie Thatcher, two of the most difficult ones later on. She's really the only person that could do it, why she's still in demand.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/13/2013|
As for Lindy Chamberlain: she was at war with the world back then. You need to see her comments through that prism, really.
Obviously now, years later, she is thankful that Meryl portrayed her - with such authenticity, honesty and verve.
She's been vindicated, and that film played no small role in keeping her story - and struggle - alive.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||02/13/2013|
Wonder how come she has never done a Canadian accent?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||02/13/2013|
She was great as Francesca in Bridges of Madison County, very believable accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||02/13/2013|
That crazy-ass New England accent Julia Child had.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||02/13/2013|
Elaine Benes imitates Meryl:
|by Anonymous||reply 30||02/13/2013|
Yes The Streep Troll, because obviously you are so fluent in Polish or Danish to judge.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||02/13/2013|
r31, I'm fluent in one Scandinavian language, if that helps.
And the Polish accent is widely spoken here in Europe.
So... I feel I am well-placed to pass judgment on the quality of those two accents, along with Irish and British RP, also widely spoken in Europe.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||02/13/2013|
Her rabbi in Angels of America with Lenny Kravitz
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/13/2013|
Swiss turds are the best. It's almost 5 in the morning in Switzerland and have been eating shit and posting on DL for almost 24 hours straight. BTW I haven't seen Amour!
|by Anonymous||reply 34||02/13/2013|
I'm an Aussie and the first time i heard Streep's accent in a promo for Evil Angels, I couldn't believe how bad it was. I thought it was laughable. And then i heard Lindy Chamberlain speak. Streep was absolutely spot on. It is NOT a typical Queensland accent. It is a strange combination of Kiwi and Queensland Australian but she sounded exactly the same as Chamberlain.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||02/13/2013|
Oh please streep troll. I am an aussie and her accent was laughable. Unless you are australian you cant comprend how bad her accent was. Dont pretend to be an expert when you are clearly not.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||02/13/2013|
Do other boards have Streep loons too?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||02/13/2013|
Her British accents are terrible.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||02/13/2013|
Roseanne's hairy mole together with Streep's whiney affectation in She Devil made that movie watchable.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||02/13/2013|
R36. I am an Aussie too, and understood the posts disvussing the Lindy Chamberlain N.Z. Combo Queensland accent that Streep matched well. She wasn't doing a man-in-the-street aussie acent like yours or mine, she was mimicing a specific person, and doing it reasonably well.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||02/13/2013|
Oops, I meant " discussing" and "accent".
|by Anonymous||reply 41||02/13/2013|
I'm Polish and I can tell you that her Polish accent was horrible. It wasn't just bad, it was awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||02/14/2013|
I'm Dutch, and would love to see her try a Dutch accent. I wonder if she'd nail it.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||02/14/2013|
r42, my Polish friends say her accent was spot on.
I speak German, and I can attest her German-with-a-Polish-accent was ucannily good, and authentic.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||02/14/2013|
The Polish accent was over the top. I wonder if it's more difficult to do a lighter accent (say, the accent of a French or Italian person who has lived in an English-speaking country for 20 years) than it is to do a strong accent. Streep's attempts lack subtlety, so the accents become distracting.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||02/14/2013|
Her accents are subtle, beautiful work; well-studied and full of insight. And they always serve the performance, not the other way around.
If anything, her nuanced work shows up co-stars like Redford, who cannot even begin to fathom what Streep is doing, accent-wise and acting-wise.
And r45, in 'A Cry in the Dark' she did exactly what you suggest: she played a NZ woman who'd lived in Australia for years, speaking Australian with a light Kiwi accent.
She really can do it all.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||02/14/2013|
Streep Troll, how long have you been a fan?
|by Anonymous||reply 47||02/14/2013|
[quote]I speak German, and I can attest her German-with-a-Polish-accent was ucannily good, and authentic.
The only false note I've ever detected was in the scene when she tries to steal the radio, gets caught and insists she "only wanted to see how it works." The way she says "Ich wollte nur..." with the abrupt break isn't natural.
But other than that, flawless.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||02/14/2013|
Agreed, r48. Everyone is allowed one false note.
The rest of her vocal work in 'Sophie's Choice' is so focused and authentic, you're left speechless. Especially, as mentioned above, the part where she speaks German.
r47: I've been a fan since my late teens. I'm in my 30s.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||02/14/2013|
[quote]The way she says "Ich wollte nur..." with the abrupt break isn't natural.
"That's a broken speech, Carol Ann. You've got to come in right awawy!"
|by Anonymous||reply 50||02/14/2013|
Meryl's Irish accent was cute, but mine got me an Academy Award nomination. But Meryl shouldn't feel bad about it, It is so hard, it takes an actress of enormous ability to pull it off.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||02/14/2013|
Like most people who attempt accents other than their own, Streep overdoes it-especially her Australian/New Zealand accent. Streep Troll is blinded by her crazed devotion to see the truth. As a local, you pick up the nuances. I know how the australian accent differs from state to state and i know the new zealand accent as well. Streep combined and played them like she was in a cheap kiddies pantomine or something. This ludicrous, over exaggerated strine. Everyone is Australia laughed at her attempt. It's only the deranged Meryl fans that are defending her.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||02/14/2013|
R52, it's really not important to me, but is it possible she was doing a good Lindy Chamberlain impression, regardless of your understanding of Oz/NZ accents? I am an aussie, like you, not a mad Meryl fan, but I thought she did well as this specific person.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||02/14/2013|
Well, r35 is an Aussie, not a hardcore Meryl fan - and he contradicts what you've said, r52.
You don't seem to understand she wasn't going for an Aussie accent as spoken in the street. Meryl was mimicing the speech patterns of one particular person, Lindy Chamberlain.
And she did a spectacular job of it.
What is so hard to comprehend about that?
In any case, sweethearts: 'A Cry in the Dark' is LEADING our little poll, and by a wide margin too! Seems plenty of people appreciate the fine work Meryl did with that performance.
*Kisses* to all who took part in this most revealing of polls!
|by Anonymous||reply 54||02/14/2013|
Haha, so we have two Aussies already confirming Meryl's authentic accent as Lindy Chamberlain.
The Meryl detractors are crushed every single time. Quelle surprise.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||02/14/2013|
What's unfortunate is that although I've enjoyed Streep in some of her roles, after a steady diet of this crap on DL I doubt I ever go to another Steep movie.
Way to ruin an actress for the rest of us, troll.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||02/14/2013|
Babe, this very thread is headlined with: "REQUESTED BY THE THE STREEP TROLL (tm)".
If you are too dumb to read, it's not my problem you're entering a thread that is going to be trollish to the max.
I'm kind of happy I put you off from seeing more Meryl films. She deserves a better audience than people like you.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||02/14/2013|
[quote]I doubt I ever go to another Steep movie.
Good. Now we won't have to share her brilliance with the likes of you.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||02/14/2013|
*Kisses*, r58 !!
|by Anonymous||reply 59||02/14/2013|
The Streep Troll probably has good manners in real life. On this board he/she sounds courteous even when he/she is insulting people.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||02/15/2013|
The Streep Turd reminds me of vomit.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||02/15/2013|
The one with the lisp when she tries to talk while blowing Charlie White.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||02/15/2013|
The thought of Meryl and fellatio makes me ill. That's why I hated Hope Springs. Well, one of the reasons.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||02/15/2013|
She gave me a private sample of the fantastic California rich-bitch accent she has at her disposal the time I was hiding inside the outhouse under the seat in the shit shaft with my mouth open when she and the hubby were camping in Big Sur.
Her sublimely metallic yet lilting "Holy fuck!" when she stood to pull her panties up and spotted me down there swallowing with a sepia grin is one of my absolutely favorite memories.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||02/15/2013|
The Streep Troll (tm)'s writing on this thread has restored my faith in The DataLounge.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||02/15/2013|
Oh Please. Her bastardised attempt at an Australian/New Zealand accent was so highly thought of that she almost always makes Top 10 lists of worst attempted movie accents. In OZ, they couldn't stop laughing at her.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||02/15/2013|
Who gives a flying fuck about the opinions of a few million inbred spawn of convicted convicts?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||02/15/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 68||02/15/2013|
Where's R66? How weird. It's not there. What was there?
|by Anonymous||reply 69||02/15/2013|
Her Julia was way better than Dan Aykroyd's.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||02/15/2013|
What you come to realise is Meryl's schtick is to put on an funny voice for every performance(always innacurate) and hope the audience don't discover there's really nothing much beyond that.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||02/15/2013|
r60: you are incisive. And correct.
r65: Thank you.
r66: please confer the various Aussies on this thread lauding her accent.
r68: you really need to ask?
|by Anonymous||reply 72||02/16/2013|
[quote]And her Polish, Danish, Irish and British RP accents are masterful and authentic as well.
Please. Meryl Streep's English accent was far from authentic and not even close to being masterful. Not in "Plenty" and most certainly not in the Maggie Thatcher biopic. Streep sounded exactly like what she is - an American trying very hard to speak with an English accent. And not being very successful.
The only people who think that Streep has mastered British RP speech are Americans.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||02/16/2013|
r73, the only people criticizing her accents are bitter wannabe contrarians, angry a woman can be this talented, and furious she is recognized for her talent - the world over.
Meryl sounded like an English upper-middle class woman, both in Plenty and French Lft. Any 'studied element' that comes along with carefully crafted work was integrated into the performance, and made it stronger, not weaker.
And she absolutely nailed Maggie Thatcher's English, who is a caricature in real life, in case you didn't know that. You think she should have played her with a 'neutral accent'? Then your standards are very low and pedestrian.
Thatcher spoke like this, and Meryl did a splendid job of re-creating her speech patterns.
She richly deserved her third Oscar for a very difficult job well done.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||02/16/2013|
[quote]the only people criticizing her accents are bitter wannabe contrarians,
Or people who actually speak the language with the accent being parodied on screen by Streep. Unless you are English, you are not an authority on the accent, Streep troll. So get off your high horse.
Meryl may have done good impersonations of other accents (I don't know), but her English accents have been unconvincing and even laughably bad at times. She did not sound like an upper middle-class Englishwoman in Plenty. She sounded like an American drama school graduate trying to talk like how she thinks Englishwomen of that social class do. Meryl was only slightly better than Gwyneth Paltrow but not by much.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||02/16/2013|
I disagree, r75.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||02/16/2013|
How does Zellweger rank, R75?
|by Anonymous||reply 77||02/16/2013|
A DINGO ATE MAH BABY!!
|by Anonymous||reply 78||02/16/2013|
R77, I thought Zellweger was pretty good in that she actually sounded like a lot of young English women who live in London, but she got the character's social class all wrong. RZ made Bridget Jones sound much too posh.
I imagined Bridget with a slightly less refined Estuary accent, but even so, Zellweger was still better than most American actors have been. Gwyneth Paltrow's English accents aren't as good as American reviewers seem to think they are and Reese Witherspoon was just bloody awful in "The Importance of Being Earnest".
The worst English accent of all, in my opinion, was from an English actress, of all people. Jane Leeves as Daphne in "Frasier" was a laughably bad Mancunian accent and the actors playing her mother and brothers were all over the place. They should have just made Daphne a character from the South of England and let Jane keep her natural accent instead of murdering Mancunian.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||02/16/2013|
Consensus seems to be Mery'l's attempt at accents are pretty poor by those that speak the language, live in the culture and should really know. Her champions seem to be yanky doodle dandy sycophants like Streep troll who seem to live vicariously through her many badly accented roles.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||02/16/2013|
Again, r80, check out the Aussies on this thread confirming she captured Lindy Chamberlain's personal accent.
Why doesn't is surprise me your fevered rant has got no time for them?
You are Exhibit A of the type of person loathing a talented woman for applying her talent, and being respected for it. Don't be frightened of Meryl, r80!
Fevered rant indeed.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||02/16/2013|
I imagine Streep Troll has all these creepy Meryl posters adorning every nook & cranny of her basement. I'm sure she even voices the message bank recording. Not that I imagine it gets many calls except the social worker.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||02/16/2013|
You're mistaken, r82.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||02/16/2013|
Meryl Oscar day, everybody!
|by Anonymous||reply 84||02/24/2013|
Yeah, it's OSCAR day, Streep Turd, not MERYL day. She had her turn last year. It's everybody else's turn to be in the spotlight this year.
Now, go eat a plate of Meryl's latest and fuck off.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||02/24/2013|