Ned Beatty's accent


Just a word about Ned Beatty's accent - it was totally wrong. Joseph Locke actually came from Ulster, but Southern Ireland, which of course has a totally different accent. I vaguely remember Locke being on the radio in the fifties - he was known as "Mr Blackpool". I also saw him being interviewed on a chat show shortly after the film, and his accent was definitely from Ulster. It's a mystery why Peter Chelsom didn't pick up on this, or was it because Beatty couldn't do the Ulster accent?

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Chelsom probably chose the closest thing to an Irish accent that Ned Beatty could do. But as an Irishman, I can say that both Ned Beatty's and William Hootkin's accents weren't very good.

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Yeah, I was extremely disappointed in Beatty's performance in this. The man owned the films of the 1970's. While this was an unusual role for an American actor, with the right actor, it would have been Sirloin. I wonder what kind of film this might have been if Robert Duvall played Locke.

I was thoroughly disappointed in Beatty as I have seen this man do better work.

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His accent (like most americans doing Oirish and probably vice versa) is dreck - which is in keeping with the rest of this stinkin movie.

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I thought Ned Beatty was brilliant and who gives a flying _____ about the accent??? Queers argue about stuff like that in movies.

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