Authentic Southern accents in "Friday Night Lights"
October 28, 2013 12:05 PM Subscribe
How did "Friday Night Lights" get Southern accents so right when no one else can seem to do so?
posted by Punctual to media & arts (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have recently begun a binge, started an addiction, and developed an obsession regarding "Friday Night Lights" via Netflix. I don't even like football, but this show is so damn good.
As a born-and-bred Southerner from the Southeastern US, I'm shocked that the accents on the show actually sound realistically Southern, despite many of the actors hailing from the upper Midwest, Canada, etc. Let me emphasize that I'm not saying they are perfect for that part of Texas - I wouldn't be able to differentiate that - but they sound authentically Southern to my ear.
How did the show accomplish this? It's outstanding to me because almost every fake Southern accent I've heard from accomplished, A-list actors has been terrible (I'm looking at you, Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards" - also a great show). I'm sure all of us have the same annoyance and that Brits despise fake Brit accents and Aussies loathe fake Aussie accents, and so forth.
How did they fool me so well? Did they hire some renowned Southern accent coach? Does that exist? I'm a scientist and know nothing about TV/film.
I'm so curious! I would love to understand how this works. I tried Googling but haven't found anything.