• 'Black Mass,' 'Good Will Hunting,' and the Best and Worst Boston Accents in Movies
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    Jordan Zakarin

    'Black Mass,' 'Good Will Hunting,' and the Best and Worst Boston Accents in Movies

    Boston is home to one of America’s most recognizable regional accents, and every few years, a squadron of A-list actors descends upon Beantown in an effort to respectably imitate the city’s famously nasal and r-dropping pronunciations. Needless to say, some actors are much better at mastering the accent than others — though often only Boston natives and experts like professor John McCarthy, dean of the graduate school at UMass Amherst and an expert on linguistics, can tell the difference. The biopic/crime drama Black Mass, which opened last week, is Hollywood’s latest attempt to capture the aural idiosyncrasies of the Bay State. Star Johnny Depp went through hours of prosthetic makeup to look like the brutal mob boss Whitey Bulger, but as far as McCarthy is concerned, the most authentic and transformative vocal performance belonged to his co-star Joel Edgerton.

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