Jack Whitehall has opened up about that American accent in his latest film, Clifford the Big Red Dog.
The comedian, 33, plays Casey in the big screen adaptation, alongside Darby Camp, John Cleese, Kenan Thompson and Tony Hale.
While he is no stranger to sets, this was a project with a difference as he had to play an American with an English sister living in New York – with everyone having an opinion on the end result.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk about the flick, which is in cinemas now, he admitted that getting to grips with the accent was tough.
‘I auditioned for the movie and it was always an American part, but I think they had intended for it to be an American actor, originally,’ he told us. ‘Then I auditioned for it and got the role.
‘I then subsequently realised that they were going to surround me with a load of English actors which was quite confusing, because I’d had to do these scenes where I was trying to do an American accent and everyone else was speaking in an English accent around me, and trying to steer me off course.
‘Also they added in this running joke that I keep mocking them for their English accent. So not only did I have to do an American accent, but I had to break into an English accent halfway through to mock all the other people for their British accents.’
That doesn’t sound ideal…
Speaking of the main challenge he faced – besides having to film with a fake red dog – Jack continued: ‘I think it was hard because it was a lot of improvisation as well.
‘It’s quite easy to prepare for a scene with specific lines, with an American accent, and to work out how you’re going to say the.
‘But then, when you start improvising, you’re going off piste all of a sudden, you’re doing it without a safety net. That was that was the main challenge.’
Clifford the Big Red Dog is an adaptation of the beloved books by Norman Bridwell, and follows schoolgirl Emily Elizabeth (Darby) who is given an adorable red puppy by a magical animal rescuer (John).
Of course, he is a magical pooch and grows into a 10-foot dog overnight, which isn’t quite so comfortable in a New York flat.
It is then up to fun-loving Casey (Jack) to keep them safe when an evil businessman (Tony) tries to get his hands on the giant dog.
Something tells us that will be easier said than done…
Clifford the Big Red Dog is in cinemas now.
Credit: Original article published here.