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How convincing Is Hugh Laurie's accent in House?

Asked by Lightlyseared (31626points) August 28th, 2008

I don’t believe that it can be so good Bryan Singer didn’t realise he wasn’t American.

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Les's avatar

I think he does a good job, but he has said in interviews he thinks he sounds awful.

robmandu's avatar

Wonder if it’s easier to fake the American accent, or the British, or Irish, or Scottish, or Aussie?

Ach! Be keeping yer hands off me Lucky Charms!

As an American, I was completely snookered by Laurie. It’s very jarring to hear him speak “normally” (in British).

EmpressPixie's avatar

Very! I totally believe it!

cak's avatar

@robmandu – I agree. The first time I heard an interview, it seemed like it took me a few minutes for it to really register!

great, I’ll be thinking Lucky Charms, all day!!

augustlan's avatar

Between House and Stuart Little, I was utterly convinced. I LOVE House!

Poser's avatar

He’s not American?

MacBean's avatar

I’ve never caught a slip-up, and you don’t even want to know how many times I’ve re-watched House.

generalspecific's avatar

i had no idea he was american for the longest time..

augustlan's avatar

@generalspecific: did you mean wasn’t american?

Eureka's avatar

He does a fantastic American accent. I saw him in some student flims, from the school he went to in Great Britian. He was doing some period pieces – powdered wig and buckled shoes. He also is the “husband” in Walking on Broken Glass video with Annie Lennox -

augustlan's avatar

@Eureka: I never realised that the object of her obsession was John Malkovich, either!

jlm11f's avatar

House <3 And yes, I agree with others, I think his accent is very convincing.

poofandmook's avatar

I saw him doing an interview and thought he was faking the British accent.

Dorkgirl's avatar

Check him out with Dudley Moore from the late 1970s. He’s hilarious as well as in the Blackadder show with Rowan Atkinson. He’s a genius.
And, I read an interview where he said it was very difficult to do the American accent and he finds it to be exhausting. But he’s great at it.

generalspecific's avatar

@augustlan.. yes that’s exactly what i meant, sorry

KalWest's avatar

I think he does a great job. I know a lot of people who didn’t know he was English. Aside from that – I am totally addicted to House – can’t get enough of that show!

laceykorn's avatar

His american accent sounds better to me than his english one. He’s just really bass and maybe a little croaky, like his character used to smoke.

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