I always heard it more as a New York/New Jersey accent. it's basically the voice I always 'heard' in my head when I read the Thing's dialogue.
I thought all four of them looked fine, both in terms of FX and casting
Putting aside the horrible makeup job they gave Alba to try and make her look blonde and Waspy (they would've been better off just letting her be a brunette) there's the fact that the girl can't act to save her life. The guy playing Reed wasn't much of an actor either.