Star Trek to Scots: How Chris Pine nailed Outlaw King’s accent

Star Trek to Scots: How Chris Pine nailed Outlaw King’s accent

Film fans and critics are quick to mock a bad accent. When preparing for a challenging role, actors turn to specialist coaches for help. Barbara Berkery tells BRUCE MUNRO how she helps famous names to transform their voices on screen, including Chris Pine in new film Outlaw King.

Chris Pine told Graham Norton that it was the combination of great coaching and Scottish castmates that helped him perfect his Scottish accent.

He said: “I thought I’d get crucified for it but I had a wonderful voice coach and the cast were all Scottish so I figured they would pick me up on things.

“I’m not a method actor, but I would keep up the accent in the pub after filming.”

Pine’s coach Barbara Berkery revealed that the Star Trek star was continually working on his voice throughout the production.

She said: “Every morning I would meet Chris when he would go to make-up at 6 am and we would work for half an hour.

“He was on set all the time so then I just followed him from location to location with my backpack full of poetry. I used that so Chris could find a feel for the language rather than just the accent.

“I went into Waterstones in Sauchiehall Street and the bookseller found me a wonderful poet Peter Mackay who wrote in Gaelic and in English. I gave his book Gu Leòr (Gaelic for Galore) to Chris — it was his absolute favourite.”

Outlaw King director David Mackenzie told Berkery that he wanted Chris Pine to have a Scottish accent but not tied to a specific part of the country | Image courtesy of Netflix

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