MovieChat Forums > Green Book (2018) Discussion > Viggo's New York "accent"

Viggo's New York "accent"


I'd love to see this film but Viggo's terrible attempt at a New York accent ruins it for me.

reply

Yes -- couldn't get past the cartoonish quality of the characters and Linda's accent in particular made me cringe.

reply

It sounded convincing to me but I'm no New Yorker. And everyone speaks differently!

reply

A lot of New Yorkers speak just like that. My late uncle had a thick accent like that ... like some black people like to exaggerate their black-English some New Yorkers love to ham up their accents. Anyway, I enjoyed the movie and thought his accent was not something that distracted me a bit. My best picture of the year nomination.

reply

@brux: agreed. Obviously the first 2 posters haven't spent much time in New York. I'm a native New Yorker and spent my colleage years working with Italian-Americans. There's nothing exaggerated or phony about Viggo's accent. It's on the money.

reply

I think Viggo is playing an archetypal sort of NY character so they wanted a heavy accent.

reply

I saw it more as a wise guy accent rather than a New York accent.

reply

LOL! Please Henry Higgins, differentiate for us. How does a "wise guy" speak vs. a guy from the Bronx?

reply

for wise guys the "eh to oh" ratio is higher for the ehs, but Bronxians have a higher oh ratio.

reply

I’m not American but I thought his Italian-American accent sounded bang on to me compared to how I’ve heard it in other movies and TV shows

reply