Gotham Central wrote:
2) Most British actors, indeed Brits in general are regularly exposed to American accents in the media.They watch our shows, listen to our music and Americans are regularly in their news. Thus they have a somewhat better sense of how we sound.
Americans have comparatively much less exposure to the range of British accents. Unless one is a regular consumer of British entertainment (like watching BBC America or seeking out British shows/news) you probably never hear a British accent. This is also why Australians can be just as good at the accent.
^This was always the explanation I assumed. Exposure is key in mimicry. Try to find a U.K. actor who can believably mimic one of the several American southern
accents & now you've got someone with serious talent. Whereas mediocre Californian actors like Sam Elliot have made careers speaking with them. Even some of the best Brit actors, known for their voice work, like Oldman & Day-Lewis don't do them perfectly
The most natural sounding U.K actor mimicking the American South, that I've ever heard was Kelly MacDonald in No Country For Old Men
. At the time I had no clue who she was, & never doubted for a second that she was Texan. I was stunned to find out she was Scottish. She held her own alongside a cast full of native Texans like Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, & Barry Corbin
and of course Josh Brolin, who's also another Californian. But an ordinary American accent? It's the most commonly heard speaking voice on the planet, because of how vast our media exposure is