Accent Expert Breaks Down 17 Actors Playing Real People | WIRED

  • Published on Sep 16, 2019
  • Dialect coach Erik Singer once again takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. Did Rami Malek do a good job speaking through prosthetics to become Freddie Mercury? How accurate was Jennifer Lawrence's Long Island accent in Joy? Did Christian Bale nail former Vice President Dick Cheney?

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  • theEXOaudio
    theEXOaudio 16 hours ago

    I'm curious though, even with all the practice, if the actors consciously change their accent the whole time or if the accent change comes naturally

  • totesm8
    totesm8 Day ago

    Great use of freddie in the thumbnail!

  • 2 good 4 U
    2 good 4 U Day ago

    Me seeing that the imitators doing it flawlessly
    Me trying to do an Indian accent :(

  • Rich Wilkinson
    Rich Wilkinson Day ago


  • DeNature Kat
    DeNature Kat Day ago

    As a sibling of an Autistic sister, i’ve also loved the Temple Grandin performance because of how well she captured her expressive nature.

  • salmourn
    salmourn Day ago +1

    this video makes me wonder how he'd break down an actor playing me and doing my accent 😳 pls tell me i'm not the only one who thinks like this lmao

  • Edgar Pelayo
    Edgar Pelayo Day ago

    oh i am already there good sir lol

  • black lantern 2014
    black lantern 2014 2 days ago

    Yeah boi glad this is back 👌🏾

  • Orion Mercury
    Orion Mercury 2 days ago

    I came for Freddie

  • alexander g miller
    alexander g miller 2 days ago

    i'd like to hear erik singer do an impression of dennis reynolds

  • Jordan Peak
    Jordan Peak 2 days ago +1

    Gary Oldman 😎💪

  • Lucas Silva
    Lucas Silva 2 days ago

    All we want to know now. What about eminem actor on his movie?

  • Jutta Maier
    Jutta Maier 2 days ago

    Gary Oldman was such a joy to watch in the darkest hour. Like Kenneth Brannagh in a week with Marilyn

  • nAtalie sin
    nAtalie sin 2 days ago

    shldve reviewed james franco and tommy wiseu

  • Freddie Lennon
    Freddie Lennon 3 days ago +1

    I see Rami Malek and Freddie Mercury, I click

  • Amelia .Koncki
    Amelia .Koncki 3 days ago +1

    If Erik ever dissected the way Harry Styles talks I would be forever grateful!

  • Adin Icic
    Adin Icic 3 days ago

    Think JD Washington was using the stereotypical white person way when speaking on phone for appearance and less suspicion. He was trying to portray a white guy instead of himself. If it was opposite and a white actor was trying to portray a black speaker then he would be trying a stereotypical urban pattern.

  • Oli H
    Oli H 3 days ago

    This guy must be great at singing

  • Lea shadid
    Lea shadid 3 days ago

    can you please make similar videos about animated characters in disney movies, or just any other cartoons:) that would be very interesting

  • dmaster225
    dmaster225 4 days ago

    7:55 what is the difference between that and lisping?

    ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN 4 days ago +2

    Ok, this guy is absolutely fantastic at explaining this subject. Meaning he has a profound understanding of the subject matter, this is really impressive.
    Also, Gary Oldman is a BEAST with his performances

  • SteveDave227
    SteveDave227 4 days ago +5

    I love that he's on a nickname basis with Christian Bale. "So Bales actually said that.."

  • Kiana Taylor
    Kiana Taylor 5 days ago

    Omg I'm happy I spent 25 minutes of my life on this.

  • Jhully Amilly Marangoni

    "I wanna talk about something kinda basic: Rhoticity" rhotici-what? I mean, I knew I was dumb but you didn't have to humiliate me

  • Aline Schleger
    Aline Schleger 5 days ago

    This is FASCINATING (but difficult for a not-first-language-english speaker).

  • Nastja
    Nastja 5 days ago

    Me: *patiently waiting*
    Ooh, it's Iron Maiden
    *video continues*
    Me: sad

  • Izabelle Walker
    Izabelle Walker 5 days ago

    5 words
    Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams

  • Aung Ko
    Aung Ko 5 days ago +1

    I never knew there was this kind of profession.

  • Veni Vidi Amavi
    Veni Vidi Amavi 5 days ago

    *I love these videos, because he tells me about terms I always heard and wondered about but never knew what they were called, like "pitch contour"!* :D

  • Callie Donald
    Callie Donald 6 days ago

    I like the beard.

  • Katherine Beal
    Katherine Beal 6 days ago

    why is he so cute tho

  • Amy
    Amy 6 days ago

    this is the best day of my life

  • Simen Motrøen
    Simen Motrøen 6 days ago

    Wow! So impressed! Did not know Matthew McConaughey had this linguistic talent. And he looks younger! 👍 Great job sir.

  • Isaac Woolman
    Isaac Woolman 6 days ago

    O’Shea Jackson jr. is ice cubes son so I feel like he as a pretty good sense of his accent

  • TheBunnyBoudoir
    TheBunnyBoudoir 6 days ago

    After this video I feel I can play Nixon now, even though I have a very high pitched female voice, but I got this! xD

  • SkittyKitty
    SkittyKitty 6 days ago

    More please!!! I love this guy and every episode he does in this series. Suggestions: Jodie Comer's various accents in Killing Eve, John Lithgow's Winston Churchill, Jean Hagen in Singin' in the Rain (love that one, especially as they included an Easter Egg of her real voice and accent in the movie), Emma Thompson doing the various accents she has over the years - actually, you could do an entire episode on just Emma Thompson. Also, for interest, the way the cast of women playing Amazons all adopted Gal Gadot's Israeli accent to ensure consistency in Wonder Woman.

  • Laura Jackson
    Laura Jackson 7 days ago

    CB’s Cheney, I’ve ever seen a better impersonation. Julianne Moore with Sarah Palin and Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles came close.

  • Vincent DeFiore
    Vincent DeFiore 7 days ago

    He should look at Tommy Lee Jones’ impression of Douglas McArthur in Emperor.

  • Jess
    Jess 7 days ago

    pleaseeee do sebasrian stan as jeff gillooly in i,tonya

  • Dionysus76
    Dionysus76 7 days ago +1

    Kind of disappointed that more music biopics like Walk The Line and Ray weren't featured, but at 25+ minutes this is long enough. I do hope there will be a follow up with with a 2nd video about this more music focused.

    • Morten Aanstad
      Morten Aanstad 5 days ago

      Those two movies were covered in the first part

  • Jake H
    Jake H 8 days ago

    cool last name. suits the job.

  • Marta G
    Marta G 8 days ago +3

    I'm surprised that Joseph Gordon-Levitt didn't get an oscar for Snowden.

  • Sonya
    Sonya 8 days ago

    I could listen to Erik speak all day long.

  • justin simmons
    justin simmons 8 days ago +2

    Why do I feel like I don't talk like myself anymore?...

  • Alex Gourdikian
    Alex Gourdikian 8 days ago

    Dennis Reynolds isn't fictional after all

  • daniel Goodson
    daniel Goodson 8 days ago

    IMHO it seems like I have never seen a good New England accent on screen. They always seem to go Boston or NYC. Or old dominion southern. Always off putting to me, since there are plenty of "Down East" examples out there...

  • Vera Grig
    Vera Grig 8 days ago

    Each time I see someone who has such unique profession, I wanna quit my job 🙄

  • Pablo Agurcia
    Pablo Agurcia 8 days ago

    Matt Smith is getting really good in this role.

  • Alexis V
    Alexis V 8 days ago +1

    But can he explain how after multiple lessons with a dialect coach, Joeys southern accent came out Jamaican?

  • letizia
    letizia 8 days ago

    please do more italian accents :(( i wanna see if i do the things u say

  • ƵiRro
    ƵiRro 8 days ago

    Isn't the "r" in arigatou a trilled r? Not sure.

  • Olivia Fortune
    Olivia Fortune 8 days ago

    It would be really cool if Erik looked at some old masters of accents/real person impressions like Rich Little - maybe something like that could be included next video? The clip of Rich Little on Carson doing a few politicians at the time of the Watergate scandal, as well as Carson himself, was amazing!!!

  • L L
    L L 9 days ago

    Taron Egerton doing Elton John would’ve been great

  • John Griffin
    John Griffin 9 days ago

    I will never have enough of his videos. Give him his own show!

  • LijenC2357
    LijenC2357 9 days ago

    i like he talked about inconsistency that real people have. like i talk differently when im excited, my pronunciation will be more correct compared to normal state. and i have like three different hand writing depends on how i hold the pen. cuz when i was young i tried to correct my pen holding position so i end up with multiple writing habits. people are complicate and chaos.

  • Abeltern Cleymenn
    Abeltern Cleymenn 10 days ago +1

    Thanks I sleep well last night😁

  • Galaxiesinyoureyes
    Galaxiesinyoureyes 10 days ago

    That moment when those 50 pages or terms you memorized in Uni actually come in handy-

  • Gabrielle de la Torre
    Gabrielle de la Torre 10 days ago

    I love this man

  • alaysha lee
    alaysha lee 10 days ago

    when you try to skip the add but it says "video will play after add"

  • Kristina Pridy
    Kristina Pridy 10 days ago +1

    This guy needs his own show already. Or do some audio books just so I can hear him talk