WATCH: Can Colin Firth Do A Decent Southern Accent?

Colin Firth

This is the trailer for Colin Firth’s new movie Main Street, in which he plays a southern businessman looking to transform the town of Durham, North Carolina, which is struggling to keep going in the face of massive economic pressure.

Which of course means that he ‘s got to get the accent right. Orlando Bloom’s in it too, as a local policeman, and he too has clearly had some lessons from a voice coach.

The question is, how well have they done? The Brits are the first to carp when an accent goes astray, but have they bitten off more accent than they can chew?

Tell us here:

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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