Since the film is set in different cities in the southern United States, the actors all had to take on accents. For a cast with a handful of British and Australian actors, it’s quite interesting to see. And Robert Pattinson’s Tennessee draw has probably garnered the most attention. Although he did not consult a dialect trainer, he turned to The King of Rock and Roll for inspiration.
Robert Pattinson did not show his accent on set before filming
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September 16, director of The devil all the time Antonio Campos told Insider that the other cast worked with dialect coaches to nail their accents. Again, most of them don’t naturally have that southerly sound. They even sent Campos recordings of their voices for parties. However, Pattinson did not do this.
“Rob was impossible to get coaching in dialect,” Campos said. “He just didn’t want to do it. He was just adamant to find out for himself.
Campos described how Pattinson vaguely described what he was thinking, in terms of the role, but didn’t work with professional help. Campos also didn’t hear his accent until the start of filming.
However, even though there was a bit of mystery in his sound, Campos didn’t care at all if Pattinson would give him “something bad”.
“I might not have dug it out, but it wasn’t going to be bad,” Campos said of anticipating Pattinson’s sound. “I’d rather someone come up with something weird that is a choice rather than something that isn’t thought of. So I knew he would come up with something interesting.
Pattinson looked to Elvis Presley and the preachers of the day for inspiration
Pattinson’s accent was really interesting, to say the least. But it’s a role he chose for himself, after seeing the script.
“Rob said right away, ‘I want to play this Teagardin guy. This guy seems to be fun to play, ”Campos told Insider. Especially in his dramatic scene with Tom Holland’s Arvin, his accent and enjoyment with the role really had a moment.
Pattinson had some preparation for the role, however. Even if it wasn’t with a professional dialect coach. Campos told Esquire that he and Pattinson took to YouTube and found some great material on evangelical preachers and “pop stars of the day.” This includes Elvis Presley, who is from the South. Presley was born in Mississippi, not in Tennessee like Teagardin. But Presely moved to Tennessee when he was in college, so maybe that was a decently accurate representation of the accent Pattinson was looking for.
But apparently it was “Rob’s own madness” that added more to his portrayal.
“He had his own process and was consuming a lot of different references on his own,” Campos told Espire.
Pattinson doesn’t act and stay in a role for the entire filming. Campos said he was “very fluid” that way, entering and exiting his Teagardin persona. Campos said he told Pattinson to “go as far as you want to go” and leave everything there during the shoot.
“Sometimes he would go so far that he made himself laugh and even in those takes we could get something shiny, but it was like he kind of was zero and would be there,” Campos said. “Performance is almost closer to possession than performance. “
Even though Pattinson didn’t use a dialect trainer, a trainer liked him
While her accent is one of the wildest things in the movie (but not the scariest), it’s not entirely incorrect. GQ interviewed dialect trainer and voice actor Erik Singer and he had some good things to say about Pattinson’s southern accent.
For starters, he pointed out that Pattinson’s character is from a different region than most of the other actors’ roles. So it made sense for him to have a different accent. He also said that in the end, he portrayed a southern preacher, which was pretty perfect.
“It’s both place and time, but also character and profession, and deeply idiosyncratic,” Singer said.
Especially in the scenes where Pattinson preached his sermons, Singer noted that it matched those of the time.
“He’s a preacher who is absolutely in love with his language skills,” Singer said. “He buys his own magic and he’s addicted to it.
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