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posted by [personal profile] deathbyshinies at 02:16am on 13/08/2008
Australian Actors #6 Guy Pearce



Born: Cambridge, UK, 1967, parents moved to Geelong, VIC in 1970.
Left Australia: Still lives there.
Career went international: After the unexpected cult success of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in 1994; was cast in LA Confidential in 1997 and Memento in 2000.
Now lives: Melbourne, VIC.
Best known as: 'That guy who couldn't remember stuff', (Memento), Andy Warhol (Factory Girl), Detective 'Ed' Exley (LA Confidential).
Assumed accents: US-American.

This is what Guy Pearce sounds like when he's working:



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vS0E9bBSL0)

This is what Guy Pearce sounds like when he's not working:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS_6ygbJXog

(there's no embedding on that video, so you'll have to click through - and the visuals are rubbish, but as a bonus, you also get to hear Robert Carlyle speaking with his real accent! Scottish <3!)

And just because we love it so, here's him acting with a slightly camped-up version of his real accent in Priscilla:



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV-Zzasrky8)

(As an aside: I'm always surprised by how little-known Priscilla is outside of Australia, particularly the number of OULES - who are generally quite good on anything involving men in dresses - I had to patiently explain the Elrond-related joke to.)
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posted by [personal profile] deathbyshinies at 01:16pm on 10/08/2008
Australian Actors #5: Toni Collette




Born: Sydney, NSW, 1972
Left Australia: Still technically lives there, but currently filming a TV series in LA
Career went international: Although she became famous for playing the title role in Muriel's Wedding (1996), which achieved a cult following in the US, she'd actually worked internationally before - provided one of the voices for the Miramax edit of the US animated production The Princess and the Cobbler in 1993, with a US-American accent.
Now lives: Sydney
Best known as: The mother from The Sixth Sense (1999), the mother from About a Boy (2002), the mother from Little Miss Sunshine (2006) (sensing a pattern?). Also still reasonably well-known as Muriel Heslop.
Assumed accents: US-American, Estuary English.

This is what Toni Collette sounds like when she's working:



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOT5-Rpiy3U)

This is what Toni Collette sounds like when she's not working:



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYJlg8PwMzM)
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posted by [personal profile] deathbyshinies at 11:54pm on 08/08/2008
Australian Actors #4: Eric Bana




Born: Melbourne, VIC, 1968
Left Australia: Still lives there
Career went international: Was cast in Black Hawk Down after winning Best Actor at the 2000 Stockholm Film Festival for his portrayal of Mark 'Chopper' Read in the Australian film Chopper.
Now lives: Melbourne
Best known as: Bruce Banner (Hulk), Hector (Troy), Henry VIII (The Other Boleyn Girl), Mark 'Chopper' Reed (Chopper).
Assumed accents: US-American, RP (standing in for 16thC English), Romanian. Interestingly, he's also been known to affect a Broad Australian ('Strine') accent that is much heavier than the Melbourne-inflected General Australian English that he usually speaks.

This is what Eric Bana sounds like when he's working:



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=781eSbj9oZY)

This is what Eric Bana sounds like when he's not working:



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQK34kAzp7w)

And just for fun, this is a classic example of Eric Bana putting on an exaggerated 'Strine' (Broad Australian) accent for comedy purposes... this is from a favourite sketch comedy I remember watching as a kid, with most of the jokes sailing happily over my head :)



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqFcdz4gGKA)

N.B. "Bogans" effectively = "chavs", in case anyone was wondering.
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posted by [personal profile] deathbyshinies at 01:41pm on 07/08/2008
Today, let's go a bit less high-brow!

Australian Actors #3: Isla Fisher




Although she wasn't born in Australia, I'm counting her as part of this project because she definitely *does* have an Australian accent, and you definitely wouldn't know it from simply watching her film work.

Born: Oman, 1976, parents moved to Perth, WA later the same year.
Left Australia in 1997, moved to Paris to attend drama school, went on to do panto in London.
Career went international: When cast as Shaggy's love interest in the 2002 Scooby Doo film (!)
Now lives: Spends half her time in London, half in LA.
Best known as: Gloria ('bipolar nymphomaniac' (!!) love interest of Vince Vaughn) in The Wedding Crashers, Katie in Wedding Daze, Mary Lou in Horton Hears a Who, fiancee of Sascha Baron Cohen. Interestingly, also still well-known in Australia and the UK for her role as Shannon Reed on Home and Away from 1994-1997.
Assumed accents: US-American.

This is what Isla Fisher sounds like when she's working:



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCaxn1fP5Ys)

This is what Isla Fisher sounds like when she's not working:



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1fJ0G8Bnfc)
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posted by [personal profile] deathbyshinies at 02:08pm on 06/08/2008
Australian Actors #2: Cate Blanchett



Born: Melbourne, VIC, 1969
Left Australia at some point between 1997 and 1998.
Career went international: After being cast in the role of Queen Elizabeth in Elizabeth (1998), and receving a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination, both for 'Best Actress'.
Now lives: in London (I *think*)
Best known as: Galadriel (Lord of the Rings), Queen Elizabeth (the Elizabeth films), Irina Spalko (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).

Assumed accents: High RP (apparently this is what elves speak, too), US-American, pseudo-Russian

This is what Cate Blanchett sounds like when she's working:
(and incidentally, I *love* this voiceover so much - it's one of my favourite scenes in the whole of LOTR)


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr_i2w0W-ZM)

This is what Cate Blanchett sounds like when she's not working:


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY2Ql8jokAQ)
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posted by [personal profile] deathbyshinies at 01:35pm on 06/08/2008
The first in an occasional series inspired by [livejournal.com profile] liminereid and this conversation. Particularly this idea, which I think may have something to it:

On the other hand, of course, it also becomes a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy, in that Australian actors who appear in anything other than 'Home and Away' and 'Neighbours' often aren't *allowed* to use their real accents. It seems that simply because a lot of us happen to be very good at assuming British or American accents, studio types get the idea that an Australian accent isn't acceptable in a major-league Hollywood or British film - so the next generation of young Australian actors get the voice coaching to lose the accent to get the jobs, and the cycle perpetuates itself.

If you'd grown up hearing Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Jackman, Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Portia di Rossi, Toni Collette et. al, et. al, et. al performing their roles with their natural speaking voices, I'm willing to bet you (and other British people in the same position) would probably have acquired a set of mental association for Australian accents that a) would reflect more of the way we actually talk and b) wouldn't be connected to moronic soap operas.


To that end, I'm going to try and introduce you to some maybe-you-didn't-know-they-were-Australian actors, and provide clips that will contrast their 'working' accents with their normal speaking voices. I'm going to leave these entries public, so please feel free to link if you know of anyone who might be interested.

Australian Actors #1: Geoffrey Rush




Born: Toowoomba, QLD, 1951.
Left Australia for France in the 1970s, but returned after a few years.
Career went international: After winning the 'Best Actor' Oscar for the film Shine in 1996.
Now lives: Believe it or not, in the suburb next to the one I grew up in.
Best known as: Captain Barbossa from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Queen Elizabeth's spymaster Walsingham in the Elizabeth films, the pianist David Helfgott in Shine.

Mildly interesting trivia point: When the young [livejournal.com profile] deathbyshinies was working in a cafe in Camberwell, she once made coffee for him very early on a Saturday morning. Fact. She did, however, lose some respect for him when she realised that he drinks cappuccino...

Assumed accents: High RP, whatever-that-thing-he-does-in-PoTC-is-supposed-to-be

This is what Geoffrey Rush sounds like when he's working:


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNLDrclsTgk)

This is what Geoffrey Rush sounds like when he's not working:


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-paO7vdRsE)
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