Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 28 Actors Playing Presidents | WIRED

  • Published on Mar 25, 2019
  • Dialect coach Erik Singer once again takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. This time, Erik is focusing on actors's portrayals of US presidents. How close was Josh Brolin to capturing George W. Bush in W.? Is Jay Pharoah's version of Obama true to life? Is it even possible for an actor to accurately portray George Washington?

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    WIRED  8 months ago +1808

    Hey everyone! Previously, Erik took at look at Daniel Day-Lewis's performance as Lincoln and Alec Baldwin's SNL Trump impression. Both can be seen in this earlier episode:

    • R M
      R M Month ago

      If you guys do more of these, could you do a video just about actors doing various English accents? We have so many different sounds in our accents for a tiny island!

    • Jessica Faith
      Jessica Faith Month ago

      Thank you!

    • Kendra Crispin
      Kendra Crispin Month ago

      Have you considered including Tom Seleck's turn as Ike in a future video?

    • David H
      David H 2 months ago

      @Wired If you do another dialect video, I'd love to see some thoughts on British actors doing American accents. Example, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. There is something about his R's that make the accent sound weird. Interested to hear expert thoughts. Thanks!

    • Radek Seky
      Radek Seky 3 months ago

      How about a video game chracter's accent? You'd have to do a hefty research of who to include tho.

  • tejida815
    tejida815 21 hour ago

    I love The Crossing.

  • jvwashere2
    jvwashere2 Day ago

    Thanks god for C O N T E M P O R A R I E S

  • Fernando Yanmar
    Fernando Yanmar Day ago

    Jimmy Fallon sounds more like Mike Myers doing Shrek lol

  • travisbe916
    travisbe916 3 days ago

    Should have lumped Tom Berenger as Teddy Roosevelt in there.

  • Brandy M
    Brandy M 3 days ago

    Baldwin as Trump..... Just saying...

  • Mbully serino's
    Mbully serino's 5 days ago

    I would never want to talk to him

  • SkittyKitty
    SkittyKitty 6 days ago

    How about The Vivienne's impression of Trump on RuPaul's Drag Race UK? Its a comedy impression but scarily accurate and all the more impressive when you consider Viv has a fairly pronounced Scouse accent.

  • Channing Morrison
    Channing Morrison 6 days ago

    You can definitely tell which movies he worked on.

  • TinyTot
    TinyTot 7 days ago

    Get him to break down AZZURS or any other person that does voice impersonations.

  • Acetalen
    Acetalen 8 days ago

    Can Eric Singer take a look at the many accents of Trevor Noah when he impersonates famous people?

  • Yang Ji
    Yang Ji 8 days ago

    Ian Kahn as General George Washington in "TURN: Washington's Spies"

  • Fang Queen
    Fang Queen 8 days ago

    How y'all did Obama without talking about Jordan Peele...smh.

  • Clown Babies
    Clown Babies 10 days ago +1


  • Stacey Taylor
    Stacey Taylor 11 days ago

    Want to see his opinion on killing eve accents. That Villanelle does.

  • Marcus Rodriguez
    Marcus Rodriguez 11 days ago

    The Kennedy in the movie Hoffa was good.

  • Sominboy27
    Sominboy27 11 days ago

    Im george w bush and i approve this message

  • mike archer
    mike archer 13 days ago

    @ 12:20 'a lot of people don't when they're doing clinton...' Oh My!

  • Manona779 Mano
    Manona779 Mano 14 days ago

    I love your videos.

  • Emily Valcourt
    Emily Valcourt 14 days ago

    Why does teddy rosevelt sound like a cartoon host

  • FudgyTheWhale
    FudgyTheWhale 15 days ago

    John voight can literally only play character. Himself.

  • FudgyTheWhale
    FudgyTheWhale 15 days ago

    Greg Kinnear is the greatest Kennedy actor.

  • Larien Carnesir
    Larien Carnesir 16 days ago

    No more wedding ring in this video... that’s interesting. That’s veeeeeeery interesting...

  • Riley Michael
    Riley Michael 18 days ago

    I really dont know why I spend so much time watches these dialect/accent videos....

  • Alex Durdan
    Alex Durdan 19 days ago


  • Messerschmitt Mustang
    Messerschmitt Mustang 19 days ago +1

    This man makes me confused even with my own accent

  • Chris rice
    Chris rice 20 days ago +1

    I’m so mad you guys didn’t do Jordan peele version of Barack Obama’s voice

  • John Doe
    John Doe 21 day ago

    Erik: "I think Kris Kristofferson is really just doing himself"
    Kristofferson: "There you have a sound argument!"

  • Ty Drac
    Ty Drac 22 days ago

    i literally speak for all of youtube when i say, GIVE US MORE ERIK SINGER

  • Laura Abigail
    Laura Abigail 23 days ago

    Does he actually watch the videos he’s talking about real time cuz its really funny how he doesn’t laugh at the snl skits

  • Kalman Linietsky
    Kalman Linietsky 24 days ago

    Not going to bring up Peele's Obama?

  • Gabriela Ospina
    Gabriela Ospina 25 days ago

    Wildly attractive and competent. 10/10

  • JohnR300
    JohnR300 25 days ago

    I'm still waiting for him to do a video about Downfall and comparing the Hitler actor to Hitler

  • God Isgod
    God Isgod 26 days ago

    Just random clips of trump make him look stupid

  • Hashirama Sayan
    Hashirama Sayan 26 days ago

    The way they put the actor of Thanos to potray Bush trully is similiar:
    Thanos; Causer of chaos in the Galaxy
    Bush; Causer of chaos in the middle east and in the world

  • horrorgami
    horrorgami 27 days ago +1

    "I wore a suit for the occasion" Erik stop being so wholesome and chill lmao it's wrecking us all.

  • Rook Holgado
    Rook Holgado 27 days ago

    Lol about Gilbert Godfrey, that’s not even his normal speaking voice allegedly

  • Giuliana Herrera
    Giuliana Herrera 29 days ago

    I like how they make the move characters respond to things he says

  • brovold72
    brovold72 29 days ago

    David Morse's Washington is terrific.

  • Julie Davis
    Julie Davis Month ago

    This man is amazing

  • kc
    kc Month ago

    Wow, didn't expect to watch the whole thing. My interest was peaked quite quickly and that might be the first time 27 minutes and 28 seconds has flown by. I want more!

  • Sam Karsen
    Sam Karsen Month ago

    I love josh brolin

  • Ninedaysjane
    Ninedaysjane Month ago

    I want to see the LBJ biopic now.

  • benedictify
    benedictify Month ago

    the JFK reminds me of Natalie Portman's Jackie, that was scary-good

  • jdprettynails
    jdprettynails Month ago

    What, no Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt???

  • Science Guy
    Science Guy Month ago

    No Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln? Travesty.

  • Tyler Lang
    Tyler Lang Month ago

    How can you not do Daniel Day Lewis in the movie Lincoln

  • shurley96
    shurley96 Month ago +1

    The best JFK was in clone high. - "Fowah Suppah I er want a paahty Plattah".

  • Daniel Studart
    Daniel Studart Month ago

    Where is Jordan Peele's obama. It's probably the best impression of him.
    And Will Sasso's Donald Trump is also really good, it's better than the 3 you showed.

  • Ernie Lederman
    Ernie Lederman Month ago

    William Devane as JFK in The Missiles of October (1974) is really superb. It's a behind-the-scenes of the Cuban Missile Crisis - a bare-bones production: all acting. Devane as Kennedy gives an impression of strength and decisiveness (while smoking a cigar) that wasn't as evident in JFK's public appearances. Devane gets the accent down quite well.
    Trivia: the same actor, Paul Lambert, plays John Scali in both this movie and in All the President's Men (1976).

  • Courtney Buras
    Courtney Buras Month ago +1

    I didn't know there were already movies about Obama.....
    Also that is the first time I've ever seen Bill Murray do anything other than his own voice

  • fred kelly
    fred kelly Month ago +2

    You missed Lincoln playing DDL.

  • Anna B
    Anna B Month ago

    god these really are the only good videos on youtube

  • William Cholakian
    William Cholakian Month ago

    How can anybody dislike this video

  • Tom Chaney
    Tom Chaney Month ago

    I'd be really interested to hear Erik's analysis of some Dead Ringers impressions. I don't have the best ear for voices, but it's impressive how such a small cast manages so many characters

  • Gunn Gin
    Gunn Gin Month ago

    I think it will be interesting if he reviews accents in epic rap battles of history.

  • Seul Oh
    Seul Oh Month ago

    When he's gonna make this kind of vedio for us? I'm waiting for his vedio a lot. Love you♥

  • Jack Welsh
    Jack Welsh Month ago +8

    The best Kennedy impression is Mayor Quimby in The Simpsons

  • Stirling Allan
    Stirling Allan Month ago


  • Paula Harris Baca
    Paula Harris Baca Month ago

    Obama had trouble doing the lazy African American sound. Maybe because he had a more white shaped mouth.