James McAvoy in control of his twang on ‘Conspirator’

HollywoodNews.com: Robert Redford advised Scottish actor James McAvoy to use his Southern accent, even when the cameras weren’t rolling, during the production of “The Conspirator.”

The plot for “Conspirator” is described as follows by IMDB: “Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.”

McAvoy plays the Southern lawyer defending her and he intentionally didn’t use his twang off set a la a method actor.

“Robert wanted me to be American the entire time, so whenever he was around I was,” McAvoy told Contactmusic.

“But as soon as he walked off set I was back being myself, which will probably make the accent terrible and everyone will pick holes in it. But I can’t do it all the time – you would kinda go mad. When the camera stops running I need to take stuff back.”

“The Conspirator” will unspool in March 2011.


Photo Credit: American Film Company

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  • September 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    Well, at least you didn’t say he completely ignored Redford’s request like some others reported. Just to be clear: McAvoy plays a Union (northern) officer defending Surratt. So no ‘twang’. 😉

  • September 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    This is rubbish–since McAvoy does not play a Southerner, he cannot have a Southern accent, or what you call a twang (actually, a Southern accent is different from a “twang” : a Southern accent is a “drawl”). But McAvoy is a former Union soldier, a Northerner.

    He also did not say “take stuff back.” He said when the camera stops running, he needs to “quit acting.”

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