Hugh Grant Won’t Take on Roles Requiring an American Accent—Here’s Why

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman co-starred in HBO’s most up-to-date homicide thriller The Undoing. While each of the actors can tout lengthy careers in Hollywood, one factor they don’t have in frequent is their willingness to talk with an American accent of their work.

In an interview about The Undoing, the Notting Hill alum defined his choice for taking up roles that require a British accent.

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Nicole Kidman has an American accent in ‘The Undoing’

The accents in The Undoing have been a preferred level of dialog for viewers. Kidman’s Grace Fraser had an American accent, as did her father, performed by Donald Sutherland, and her son, performed by Noah Jupe. Sutherland is a Canadian-born actor who has had a decades-long profession in Hollywood, so an American accent wasn’t in any respect far off from his pure talking talking voice.

Jupe, nonetheless, is British, like Grant. But Jupe’s Henry Fraser was born and raised in New York City, so the 15-year-old A Quiet Place alum donned an American accent. Grant saved his British accent for the position. People on Twitter couldn’t recover from how completely different everybody’s voices have been within the sequence.

As Hannah Montana alum Emily Osment tweeted, “The Undoing is great. One city, one murder, 40 different accents.”

In an interview with Digital Spy, Grant shared that he truly tried giving Jonathan Fraser an American accent, however finally scrapped the thought and made him British.

“I think there’s a certain number of British doctors working in New York and I thought well, it might even help because in episode one, we have to think, ‘Oh, he’s so wonderful and he’s charming as well as saving kids’ lives,’ and all that,” he mentioned. “And I reckoned I could do that better as a Brit than as an American.”

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Hugh Grant thinks his American accent is ‘kind of generic’

In an interview with SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, he defined this stance additional.

Noting that Kidman has donned an American accent in her work as a rule, Grant mentioned, “Nicole has always, she’s done loads of films with an American accent… people think of her as half and half.”

“As for me, it’s not that I can’t do an American accent,” he mentioned. “For me, I like to know precisely, very precisely, who characters are and where they’ve come from, what school did they go to? Which part of that, which town did they live in? What did the dad do for a living? What are their social aspirations or not aspirations? And I know all that with British characters, and I really don’t know anything about those kinds of, that kind of detail in America.”

So, it’s all about figuring out your character’s historical past and feeling your personal life experiences are related sufficient to have the ability to in truth painting these circumstances. Because he isn’t American, he isn’t desirous to play an American.

“I always worry that I just come out as kind of generic,” the Love Actually alum defined. “And then, then I think, well, get an American actor. There’s millions of brilliant ones.”

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