Cary Grants real accent unearthed by Archie star Jason Isaacs on long lost tape

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Jason Issacs looks every inch the matinee idol playing screen icon Cary Grant in the new four-part ITVX mini-series about the Bristol-born actor’s life called Archie.

The biopic tells the story of Grant’s life from his childhood through to his final years, predominantly focusing on his relationship with actress Dyan Cannon in the 60s.

From the salt and pepper hair Grant sported throughout the decades to the tailored suits to the dimple on his chin – it is safe to say the attention to detail is painstaking.

However, the Harry Potter star admitted that there was one aspect of Grant’s character that he struggled with – his accent. Fortunately, he found a long-lost interview with the deeply private star that put him on the right track.

He made the revelations speaking to and other media at a special screening of the first two episodes in the Soho Hotel in London.

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“So the accent that he has, I was desperate to find something and there was nothing, nothing at all,” Jason explained.

“And it was only the films [for reference] and that’s not what he spoke like and having broken it down with a dialect coach his accent changed a lot in lots of the films.

“Jennifer [Grant, Cary’s daughter] told he was much more English off camera and correct pronunciation and all that,” Jason intimated.

“Ultimately…I was trying to find out [his accent off screen]. I couldn’t find anything anywhere, partly because he didn’t want to be [interviewed].”

Jason’s eureka moment came when he discovered that the legendary star had done a rare interview with some college students when he was in his 80s.

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“I found through a lot of detective work someone who had recorded an interview with him and the first thing he said [on the tape] – in the year that he died – the first thing – and this young kid stood in and recorded it – the first thing – ‘I hope you’re not recording this…Don’t, I don’t want you to.’”

“And at the end of the interview, his friend went, ‘I did, obviously’. And he hadn’t played it to anyone in anyone in 40 years out of respect, and a sense of responsibility,” Jason revealed.

“After much begging he played it to me and I heard many of his insecurities and I felt like I finally made a real connection and that’s the voice,” Jason confessed.

“Because everyone thinks they remember Cary’s voice but what they all remember is Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot. And so, for me, I finally felt like I could actually do the job once I heard that interview.”

Archie streams on ITVX from November 23.

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