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Thread #129585   Message #2910335
Posted By: LadyJean
19-May-10 - 11:25 PM
Thread Name: Accents: Russel Crowe and Robin Hood?
Subject: RE: Accents: Russel Crowe and Robin Hood?
Most of the Native Americans in westerns are Navahos. When the script calls for them to say something in a Native American language, the director would tell them, "Just say something in Navaho, after all, who speaks Navaho?"
I think we all know the answer to that one.
According to the anthropology professor who told me this story, an actor playing Cochise (who wasn't a Navaho.) brought the house down at a reservation cinema, when he charged the cavalry shouting, "Hello friend! Good to see you!"

The majority of the people who see "Robin Hood" won't know a Yorkshire accent, anymore than they can speak Navaho.