Dialect coach Erik Singer once again takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. This time, Erik is focusing on actors’s portrayals of US presidents. How close was Josh Brolin to capturing George W. Bush in W.? Is Jay Pharoah’s version of Obama true to life? Is it even possible for an actor to accurately portray George Washington?

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See Erik’s take on Alec Baldwin’s Trump:
…and Daniel Day-Lewis’s Lincoln:

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  1. I absolutely adore these videos – Erik is great. But that Michael C Hall English accent is not great, better than a lot of Americans but why do American actors always sound like they have a cold when they do English accents?

  2. when he starts with “i think they didnt have enough time to prepare for this role” you know he’s about to rip them a linguistic new one

  3. "I'm Gerald Ford, and you're not." Dear Lord 💀😂

    Also no one can really do an acceptable impersonation of JFK, that was some Boston accent he had! Even when I remember fragments of his speeches in my head, you always have that distinguished voice to go along with it. That's difficult to emulate. Greg Kinnear came very close though, especially in the inauguration speech when he says the line 'that can truly light the world'. In that last bit, the cadence in his voice nearly matched with Kennedy's.

  4. Glad you guys finally toned down that editing, makes everything as a whole better to watch. And the edits that are there are always constructive and relevant to the statement they add to and I really like that. Well done as a whole.

  5. Anyone else thinking this man is just using in an American accent so well because he knows what to do to make it sound realistic? i'm sure he's not but how funny would it be if he was lol

  6. I am personally disappointed we did not get to see Bruce Campbell as Ronald Reagan analyzed, or Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower. But what a video! 😀

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