House M.D addicts - do you think Hugh Laurie's American accent carries?

(19 Posts)
AdrenalineFudge Thu 10-Mar-16 16:26:16

Just that. I've been re-watching the series again and my America friend thinks that his accent isn't typical of an actual American accent. So I put it to you, what do reckon?

LineyReborn Thu 10-Mar-16 16:30:10

Where's your friend from? My DCs would be hard pressed to judge a 'typical' Bristol accent, for example, or anything Scottish.

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 10-Mar-16 16:31:40

I think he sounds ok tbh I'm no accent expert but he's amazing in it and rather sexy

AdrenalineFudge Thu 10-Mar-16 16:33:30

Sorry, there was a typo in my OP, I meant "my American" friend. But to answer your question Liney she's from New York.

Threesoundslikealot Thu 10-Mar-16 16:34:35

I once said how awful it was to an American friend and she said all her friends thought he was from the US. And she lives very close to where House is set.

InvictusVersinium Thu 10-Mar-16 16:36:45

I think he does a decent job of it.

It's kind of non-specific location US accent but sounds authentic to me.

Thurlow Thu 10-Mar-16 16:37:03

Are you starting on Sky Atlantic again? Me too. It seemed an appropriate time to reanimate my raging Greg House crush grin

Though in an episode I caught the other day he had to say "ribbit" like a frog and it couldn't have been more posh English if he'd tried. It was like Prince George wandered on set for a few seconds.

icklekid Thu 10-Mar-16 16:37:54

I don't care because I luffs him!! 😍

LineyReborn Thu 10-Mar-16 16:37:54

New Yorkers have an amazing accent. I think House is meant to be channelling a bit more New Hampshire? Anyway, I like it, but what do I know...?

InvictusVersinium Thu 10-Mar-16 16:39:12

grin Thurlow that's funny

AdrenalineFudge Thu 10-Mar-16 16:41:22

Thurlow Yes! Every day between 3-5! blush

I have first dibs on Hugh, so please kindly back off!!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 10-Mar-16 16:41:38

I thought that Americans thought he was American and astonished to find he wasn't.

His career from Blackadder to House is remarkable.

Thurlow Thu 10-Mar-16 16:44:56

Isn't it just?

It's all in the eyes. In Blackadder he looks all vacant and lost, in House he looks all grumpy and clever and hot. It's an amazing bit of acting.

Do you think they knew the half the world's ovaries would twang at the sight of him, or did it take them by surprise?

Toooldtobearsed Thu 10-Mar-16 16:45:22

I am watching him in the Night Manager at the moment. He sounds wrong <sob>

He is much more wantonly sexy as an American. Leaves me a bit cold as a Brit, but is counter balanced by him being a baddy who loves his son, so fanciable again......

Then watch him in Jeeves and Wooster and tell me you still have a crush wink

helzapoppin2 Thu 10-Mar-16 19:25:54

It was on when I was living in America and my friends were surprised to find out he was British.

SenecaFalls Fri 11-Mar-16 01:08:05

I'm American, and have a pretty good ear for accents if I do say so myself. I think he is pretty good (I missed ribbit.) He does sometimes over-enunciate "r's", a common fault of British actors doing American accents, but some Americans do that as well so it doesn't really ring false. Also he has cadences down well.

Threesoundslikealot Sat 12-Mar-16 23:55:52

I fancied him in Jeeves and Wooster, and A Little Bit of Fry and Laurie. He was my first actual celebrity crush actually. My American friend mentioned above refused to believe it was the same person.

CaveMum Tue 15-Mar-16 12:11:21

I'm sure I read that the director that cast him thought he was American!

MissBattleaxe Tue 15-Mar-16 12:30:43

Yes, the casting director didn't want to see any more British actors for the part and didn't realise Hugh Laurie was British when he heard him read for the part.

I think he is one of the best actors ever and certainly the most versatile. Did you see him in Stuart Little? Adorable! Then watch him in House and you can't believe his versatility.

When he is on screen in the Night Manager I can't take my eyes off him.

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