Lehane wowed by 'Mystic River' accents

Jan. 16, 2004 at 7:29 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- "Mystic River" author Dennis Lehane said in New York he was thrilled with the Boston accents the cast in the film version of his book assumed.

"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.

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