Saturday 20 January 2018

Phillippe fears accent criticism

Ryan Phillippe was concerned about getting his South African accent right
Ryan Phillippe was concerned about getting his South African accent right

Ryan Phillippe has confessed he felt pressurised to get his South African accent just right in new action drama The Bang Bang Club.

The Crash star plays photographer Greg Marinovich alongside Taylor Kitsch and Neels Van Jaarsveld in a film based on Marinovich and Joao Silva's book about their experiences covering and getting caught in the crossfire of gun violence in South Africa.

Ryan revealed at the Toronto International Film Festival: "The accent (is a concern) for one, because people are always ready to rip you apart if you don't do a good accent."

The film tells the story of a 1994 gunfire incident the photographers were caught up in, in which a man was killed, and one of the photographers, Kevin Carter, committed suicide shortly afterwards.

Ryan, who as a Hollywood star and father to two children with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon finds himself the target of the paparazzi, said he felt the work the Bang Bang Club did was very different to celebrity photographers.

He said: "These guys, combat photographers, they are a different breed. They're not like your paparazzi, these guys are like adrenalin junkies, they're akin to fighter pilots. They have this crazy gene where they'll risk their life for a photograph and I can't think of too many people who would do that."

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