Scottish Accents By Non-Scottish Actors — Rated

Scottish Accents By Non-Scottish Actors — Rated

The American actor delivered a pretty decent Scottish accent in his portrayal of Dr. Godwin Baxter in Poor Things. There has been some criticism of director Yorgos Lanthimos’ removal of the Glasgow setting, as the original book by Alistair Gray is indelibly linked to Glasgow, with Baxter’s home, the university, and many other locations in the novel named as spots in the city. Giving Dafoe’s Godwin a Scottish accent is a nod to the story’s original setting. And honestly, it’s not bad at all. It’s a melodious, sing-song accent which Dafoe said he based in part on recordings of Alistair Gray himself. It’s a fairly old-timey accent, and definitely sounds perfectly plausible as the voice of a respected yet eccentric scientist in Victorian Glasgow. 

Rating: 7/10


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