For what it's worth, Ian Brady came from the heart of the slums of old Glasgow and had that speech, whatever it really sounds like, as his native dialect; and after he "emigrated" to Manchester in his late teens (early 1950s), to live with his biological mother, I have read that if anything, he clung to and even stressed his "Glesga" speech to emphasize his Scottishness and inherent superiority to all Lancashire slobs. On the other hand, I gather he was also excellent at doing impressions of different types of speech, and could put on, for example, a "posh" English way of talking when he wanted. After forty years in English prisons and mental hospitals maybe his accent has been smoothed out...I guess I'll never know.
For Americans who see the flick on HBO or DVD, merely the fact that he sounds different from all the English characters ("Moira's nu boyfree-end") is "good enough," even if it to a bra' Scots lad it's just not the real thing. :-)
For what it's worth, I don't say Andy Serkis is a bad actor. I recently watched the brilliant film, 'Topsy Turvy' and his performance in that - though brief - is extraordinary, and couldn't be more different from the way he plays Brady. But even a good actor can get things wrong sometimes. And for me the Brady accent in 'Longford' is just wrong.
"Maybe I should go alone"
- Quint, Jaws.
Broadbent was excellent - he could say so much with just a look and there was alot going on behind his eyes.
I was disappointed by Morton who I normally love because she's so intense. I think she has the capacity to play evil but something was missing here.
Yes, Andy Serkis stole it completely. I wanted to see more of him. He was freakin amazing. And I thought he rocked the Scottish accent but that just may be coz it's my fave.
Redheads not warheads
I don't think the point of Longford was to show Hindley as evil. She was simply being depicted as Longford saw her.
And yes Andy Serkis was fantastic. Genuinely chilling.