"I'm not kidding when I say I think the Boston accent has taken down more actors than 'Hamlet,'" he told reporters recently. "And these guys nailed it. ... Look at 'The Perfect Storm.' My God! There were accents in there that were so bad that Mark Wahlberg's accent started to slip -- and he's from there!"
The cast of the Clint Eastwood-directed crime drama, including Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney, and Marcia Gay Harden, was nominated Thursday for the Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble.