Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves : Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone?

Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone?

If you listen to the rest of the (British) cast, everyone uses clear and obvious British slang and words typical of England but not of USA.

So having Costner not only with a clear California accent but also lacking even one single British slang ("bloody", "bollocks", "mate", etc), it makes him sound like he's from another country entirely (he's supposed to be British also), even from another movie.

What was the point?
- Was Costner too much of a prima donna back then to even try to blend in and make an effort?
- Was is to make him sound distinctive? He's supposed to be from the same place everyone else is!

I don't care for the right/proper accent/speech/language of the time (nobody would be able to understand them), but having people from the same place (in the movie) sound so clearly different makes no sense at all!!

Re: Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone

Look in the Trivia section, it's explained there.

Re: Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone

They explain a RUMMOR, and only for the accent, not the lack of British slang.

And they can only mention Connery there as well, who spoke about 30 words tops, and at least had Scottish accent (still British if not outright English). He still sounded right.

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Funny thing about Connery's casting, since we're talking accents: he was ~25 years older than Richard would have been when this took place (1149 if I remember correctly), and Richard Coeur de Lion was French and didn't speak very much, if any, English.

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Re: Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone

Dude, NOBODY took him seriously.

Hence the success of Men in Tights, for it's a dead on parody and mockery.

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Seriously, I couldn't even finish the movie, 38 minutes in I had to stop due to irritation. Maybe I'll give it another shot... in like five years.

Re: Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone

You should! Then you'll have earned the right to comment on it!!

24/04/1916

Re: Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone

Well, I mean I DID watch it was a kid, but that was a long time ago. Not that it's any of your business. As an adult I found it was even more cringy then it was when I was ten.

Re: Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone?

Do you know how dumb British slang sounds without the accent?

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The irony is that the English accent is highly likely to have sounded American back in 1194. Costner's Hood might actually sound more authentic than Rickman's Nottingham.

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I have reason to doubt this. Robin Hood in his time (or whoever he's based on) would have spoken either Middle English or some other dialect native to the modern day East Midlands/Yorkshire region, which would have sounded more like a cross between Germanic (Anglo-Saxon) and Scandinavian.

Kevin Costner's generic Midwest accent was developed over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.

So really, instead of complaining about the lack of appropriate accents, we should instead be pointing out that none of the actors are speaking Middle English tongue.

~ I'm a 21st century man and I don't wanna be here.

Re: Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone?

Robin should've spoken in Cockney rhyming slang. I feel like that would have been a brave choice.

Re: Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone?

Yes because people living in England all have the same accents and sound exactly the same

Re: Why didn't Costner even bother to speak the same English as everyone

Watch Richard Gere in First Knight----NO ACCENT whatsoever. Quit dissing Kevin on this. ENOUGH!!!
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