Ben Mendelsohn

I think there’s a lot of mythos about what’s required in acting. The way that actors talk about acting is generally quite punishing, and I think actors want to put forward the idea that they do all of this work because, you know, it’s a post-De Niro world, when, largely, in fact, it’s almost never true.

As soon as you start acting in an accent, you’re sort of out of your comfort zone. Maybe people start getting used to accents after a long period of time. But as soon as you do that, it’s not so much as capturing the sound of the way other people speak, it’s being able to actually be and move around in the sound.