When are dialect coaches hired for actors, and who typically makes the decision?
I've seen serious movies where stars attempt to emulate an accent with grating incompetence.
And now I've seen the opposite (a star I didn't think would have trouble with an accent, in a role in which it probably wouldn't matter either way): Among the credited crew of Paddington was a "dialect coach" for Nicole Kidman. Which seems to me bizarre for several reasons:
Her native accent is Australian, which is "close enough" to British for a family movie.A cosmopolitan Australian attempting to imitate a British accent is good enough for a family comedy (maybe?).
- She plays a second-tier character.
- She has been acting in roles demanding far more accent versatility and accuracy for decades.
Is it likely that a director/producer requested the coach, or that the actress did? And if the latter I'm wondering in cases like this whether it's just an excuse to get a friend a job and/or credit? Or is it a status symbol for the actor? Or is this actress just very particular about nailing her part, regardless of its magnitude or context?