Catch Me If You Can is a phenomenal movie and FBI agent Carl Hanratty is one of Tom Hanks’s greatest roles, but the actor just couldn’t resist slathering his performance with a bit of the ol’ Somerville slur (a good deal if he charges by the consonant). Hanks keeps the accent subtle, as far as these things go, but he leans into it whenever he knows he’s delivering a killer line: “Knawk knawk.”
Even when expertly achieved, the Boston accent is a harsh one. To misquote one of its more famous practitioners, “Ask nawt…what Boston can do fawh an actor. Ask what an actor can do fawh Baw-ston.” Among the most anticipated upcoming movies this fall, the Boston-based Black Mass brings the story of real-life crime lord James “Whitey” Bulger to multiplexes. We run down the biggest stars who have tripped on their way to Massachusetts.