25 Great Accents in Coen Brothers Movies, Ranked

'Would That It Were So Simple': 25 Great Accents in Coen Brothers Movies, Ranked

Nobody gets cartoonishly strange accents out of actors the way the Coen brothers do. Coen brothers films exist in their own vivid universes: the Midwestern tundra. A remote Texas desert. A Bible-thumping Mississippi small town. Greenwich Village in 1961. These worlds have their own rules, their own power structures and—most of all—their own manners of speaking. Again and again, Joel and Ethan somehow convince established actors to contort their dialogue into bizarre and unseemly accents. If you’ve seen Fargo even once, you’ll never forget how those Minnesotans sound. In their latest, Hail, Caesar! , the universe is Old Hollywood, and one of the funniest bits involves a cowboy actor’s repeated attempts to pronounce a single line of dialogue. So we decided to take a trip through the annals of great accents in Coen films. Try guessing the top pick—or as Anton Chigurh would say: ” Call it .” 25. Chet (Steve Buscemi) in Barton Fink Pretty much the entirety of this 1940s L.A. “accent” is that Buscemi pronounces “Los Angeles” with a hard g . For some reason, this is extremely funny. Sample line: ” Welcome to Los Angeles, Mr. Fink!” 24. Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) in Burn After Reading Brad Pitt is only barely doing an accent in his role as ditzy gym employee Chad, but we’ve included him because Pitt truly turns idiocy into its own phraseology. Sample line:“Talking here about department heads and their names and shit. And then there’s these other files that are just, like, numbers. Arrayed. Numbers and dates…and numbers…and numbers…and dates. And numbers and… I think that’s the shit, man. The raw intelligence.” 23. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) in Inside Llewyn Davis The career of the Internet’s boyfriend, Oscar Isaac, was launched when he played perpetually screwed folksinger Llewyn Davis, a role […]