The devil all the time is a new Netflix Original film that flows along the lines of the dramatic and simply disturbing. It may take a little more effort to end up for picky or nervous viewers, but the star cast performances are worth it.
Since the film is set in various cities in the American South, all the actors had to take on the accents. For a cast with a handful of British and Australian actors, it’s quite interesting to watch. And Robert Pattinson’s Tennessee train probably got the most attention. While he didn’t consult a dialect trainer, he sought inspiration from The King of Rock and Roll.
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On September 16, director of The devil all the time Antonio Campos told Insider that the other actors worked with dialect coaches to nail their accents. Again, most of them don’t naturally have that southern sound. They would even send Campos recordings of their voices for the parts. However, Pattinson did not.
“Rob was unable to get dialect coaching,” Campos said. “He just didn’t want to. He was just adamant in figuring it out for himself.”
Campos described how Pattinson vaguely described what he was thinking, the terms of the role, but he didn’t work with professional help. Nor did Campos hear his accent until filming began.
However, even though there was some mystery about his sound, Campos wasn’t worried at all if Pattinson gave him “something bad”.
“I may not have dug it, but it wouldn’t have been bad,” Campos said anticipating Pattinson’s sound. “I’d rather someone come up with something weird that’s a choice rather than something that wasn’t thought of. So I knew they’d come up with something interesting.”
Pattinson looked to Elvis Presley and the preachers of the time for inspiration
Pattinson’s accent was definitely interesting, to say the least. But it was a role he chose himself, after seeing the script.
“Rob said right away, ‘I want to play that guy, Teagardin. That guy looks like he’d be fun to play, “Campos told Insider. Especially in his dramatic scene with Tom Holland’s Arvin, his accent and fun with the role really had a moment.
Pattinson did have some preparation for the role, though. Even if he wasn’t with a professional dialect coach. Campos told Esquire that he and Pattinson watched YouTube and found some great material on evangelical preachers and “pop stars of the time.” This included Elvis Presley, who comes from the south. Presley was born in Mississippi, not Tennessee like Teagardin. But Presely moved to Tennessee when he was in junior high, so maybe that was a pretty accurate representation of the accent Pattinson was looking for.
But apparently it was “Rob’s madness” that added more to his performance.
“It had its own trial and it alone consumed a lot of different references,” Campos told Espire.
Pattinson does not act methodically nor does he stay in one role the entire time of filming. Campos said he was “very fluid” that way, moving in and out of his Teagardin character. Campos said he told Pattinson to “go wherever you want” and leave everything out there while filming.
“Sometimes he went so far that he was funny and even in those shots we could get something brilliant, but it was like he somehow zeroed out and was in it,” Campos said. “The performance is almost more like a possession than a performance.”
While Pattinson didn’t use a dialect coach, one coach liked it
While his accent is one of the wildest things in the film (though not the scariest), it’s not entirely wrong. GQ interviewed dialect coach and voice actor Erik Singer and had positive things to say about Pattinson’s Southern accent.
For starters, he pointed out that Pattinson’s character comes from a different region than most of the other actors’ roles. So it made sense for him to have a different accent. He also said that when it comes to that, he’s playing a southern preacher, which was pretty perfect.
“It depends both on the place and the time, but also on the character and his profession, and it’s deeply idiosyncratic,” Singer said.
Especially in the scenes where Pattinson preaches his sermons, Singer has noticed that he fits those at the time.
“He is a preacher who is absolutely in love with his skills with language,” Singer said. “He’s buying his own magic and intoxicated by it.”
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