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Everybody knows how pirates speak despite there being
recordings of actual pirates speaking, the technology
having not existed to create such a thing back then.
The reason we're all fluent in "pirate speak" is due to
incredible creativity and talent of an actor Robert
voiced the world's most famous pirate, Long John
Silver in the movie Treasure Island. For one thing they
"Arrrrgh!". Keep in mind, it's doubtful that any pirate, or
any human being for that matter has ever said "Arrrgh!".
It's a bizarre growl with the totally un-explainable "gh"
tacked onto the end. But it's great and NOW it's
something that all pirates do.
This is completely random and in retrospect, quite
The challenge this poses is, can this be repeated?
The idea is to have a contest to create voices for
figures that are as intriguing and brilliant as the
Robert Newton's pirate.
The second best classic interpretation of a pre-
recording historical figure in my opinion is Yul Brynner's
in The Ten Commandments. It's just sort of vague but
regal, arrogant and convincing. I'd give him, 4 out of 5
stars, the 5 star standard being set by the brilliant
Newton, father of pirate speak.
This would be a Youtube challenge. The figures would be
listed and people would wear some article of clothing
indicative of the ancient figure they were creating a
for and read a short script.
How would a Mayan emperor speak? A Babylonian king?
all know that Roman leaders had that lythsp thing going
What voice would you create for Pythagoras, Alexander
Great even Kushim, regarded as possibly the earliest
example of a person named in writing?
Robert Newton's pirate
5 stars. [doctorremulac3, Mar 30 2019]
Yul Brynner's pharaoh
4 stars. [doctorremulac3, Mar 30 2019]
Mid Atlantic accent
I've referred to this before. Basically a crazy made up Hollywood accent that's supposed to sound... I don't know, Europeany or something. [doctorremulac3, Mar 30 2019]
||2 come to mind. (this is not a list, but a suggestion).
||!. Jesus, perhaps done by Anthony Hopkins
2. Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Marlon Brando
||I'd trust Anthony Hopkins to do anything he wanted.
||He actually made a fat old guy scary.
||I'd pick Frankie Howerd for Jesus, but alas he is no longer with
us. Alan Carr for God, obvs.
||Original Latin, in a New York accent.
||If so-called God is somehow from the past, then
what about Sherlock Holmes? Tintin? Rupert
What about Dr Who, who is a time traveller? Or
another time traveller, the time traveller (for H G
Wells never actually named him, simply referring
to the character as the time traveller, for he time
||//the 5 star standard being set by the brilliant Robert Newton//
||Sounds like a west country accent with a bit of scottish. Yul Brynner seems to be just doing a stage voice.
||Clearly pharaohs spoke with sign language :- boat, wheat, apache helicopter, river, sun, submarine.
||Yea, definitely a growling Scotsman at its base, but the
"Arrrrgh!" is pure original. (I think) He also over
which might be an affectation of somebody with a stage
acting background trying to emote clearly for a theater
full of people.
||//Yul Brynner seems to be just doing a stage voice.//
||A variation of the "Mid Atlantic Accent" perhaps?
||As far as his Ramses "accent" he's Ukrainian, that's just
the way he talks so he probably doesn't deserve any stars
now that I think of it. He's got the same accent for The
Kind And I which I've never seen, but my sister used to
imitate his character when we were kids so I'm more
familiar with it than I ever asked to be.