What ARE the differences between a Texan and Georgian accent?
In all honesty, they vary even amongst different people within the same state, but generally, especially for more small town, native Georgians, the accent is thicker somehow, and the Texan accent is lighter. However, this can vary.
Trying not to get too far off topic, and after this post, I may take it to another thread, but since Andrew Lincoln's comments about his cowboy boots and No Country for Old Men are what prompted mine, I guess I will put this here -- What I meant was not so much about feeling like his accent isn't exactly correct (I thought it was just very unnatural in the beginning, and exaggerated), it's that his inspirations for his character seems to be about something Georgia is not. Though many Southerners like country-western music and may wear cowboy hats and boots, they are not western cowboys. Texans definitely count as cowboys (and they can be Southern-ish), and the characters in No Country for Old Men, the movie Andrew Lincoln mentioned, were. Thematically, that movie was a western. As for the attire, like Rick's apparent cowboy boots, out west, such as in Denver and Texas, it's not uncommon to see men wearing business suits, cowboy hats, and cowboy boots all together -- even downtown in major cities, sometimes they add Bolo strong ties with elaborate silver, though that is not the norm in Denver. (I'm an attorney and I have learned the hard way to be very, very specific in discussing appropriate court attire with clients and witnesses, as I have had clients proudly show up for trial in federal court in "western wear" that is their Sunday best in the more rural communities in Colorado that they live in, but not the presentation we want to make in federal court). From speaking with a colleague who just moved to Colorado from Georgia, that is not the case so much in Georgia. Well, maybe boots. Based on Andrew Lincoln's comments about his influences, Andrew Lincoln seems not to quite know this, or perhaps he's just making an artistic choice thematically for his character and the show. It works, since underlying elements and themes of many westerns are the lawlessness of being in such remote, unpopulated areas and the dangers posed by the environment (including other people) in those areas, outside the civilization back East, such as it is. And that fits with the show, since that is the scenario the ZA has created everywhere, but it is not the ethos in which Rick and Shane grew up. They are from the Deep South, which is much older, traditional, and different. However, the western cowboy theme fits where the characters are now, and it seems to make Andrew Lincoln happy, so it's fine with me. It also explains the Show's preoccupation with Carl's Hat, which resembles a cowboy hat, but isn't.
Edited by lawless, Apr 4, 2014 @ 10:43 PM.