Is Eddie Izzard's American accent getting better?
But when I watched last night's episode (Brett and I are trading off reviews on this show), I noticed that Izzard's accent had smoothed out, and his British didn't seep out as much as it did in the first episode. This is no small feat; doing an accurate American accent is extremely difficult for Brits, as the many tiny differences between how each country speaks English are tough to keep track of. The effort to make the leap has sunk many accomplished British actors; even ones who do a reasonable job, like Emma Thompson, let their native accents leak through every so often.
For Izzard to have made such a big improvement between episodes, he would have needed to put in a lot of effort. Normally, there's a pretty big time gap between when a pilot and the second episode is shot, but in the case of this series, that time gap doesn't seem all that big (the kids don't seem to be jarringly older than the were in the pilot), so it makes me wonder: did Eddie undergo intense vocal training between episodes? Or did he just "get it" and lock it in quickly?
Anyway, seeing good actors like Izzard struggle with an American accent really makes you appreciate what actors like Hugh Laurie and Minnie Driver can do with their voices. Laurie's job is especially hard: he has to maintain an American accent and a limp. For that, he should win an Emmy every year.