6 Times Celebrities Mastered a Boston Accent On Screen
Boston is known for its history and musical influence, but perhaps even more so for its r-dropping accent. Though widely known and often attempted, rarely do stars ever mastah the ahht of a true Boston dialect. Scroll through to see our list of the top six films featuring actors and actresses who have, despite the odds, depicted the most accurate accents to date.
Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting
Tim Robbins in Mystic River
Tim Robbins’s complex role as Boston local Dave Boyle, the former best friend of Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn) and Detective Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) in the tangled drama of Mystic River, features very well done accents. Through all the emotion of the piece, Robbins pulls off the most convincing portrayal.
Jeremy Renner in The Town
Jeremy Renner mastered the subtleties of a Bostonian inflection as James Coughlin in the crime drama The Town. This allows Renner’s character to traits to outshine just his accent, making for a much more compelling character.
Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone
Amy Ryan plays drug-runner Helene McCready whose daughter was abducted in Gone Baby Gone. The role required an array of emotion, from tears to cursing in high-intensity situations, but Ryan handles her accent with ease.
The cast of Spotlight
Academy award-winning film Spotlight depicted The Boston Globe’s investigative reporting team who broke news of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal. The cast, including Brian d’Arcy James as reporter Matt Carroll, John Slattery as Ben Bradlee, Jr., Mark Ruffalo as Mike Rezendes, Rachel McAdams as Sacha Pfeiffer, and Michael Keaton as Walter “Robby” Robinson, worked with local Bostonians on set to support a true Boston tone. Their accents are not overworked, but strong enough to give an honest portrayal for this story based on real-life events.
Christian Bale in The Fighter
Christian Bale may be the booming voice of Batman for some, but his Oscar-winning performance as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter showcased the very best of his acting and dedication to assuming a true rough Bostonian character and accent.