Clarice’s new trailer each teases a compelling drama and outdoes Silence of the Lambs in a single key manner.
Following the exploits of its titular FBI agent after the occasions of The Silence of the Lambs, CBS’ upcoming Clarice sequence has launched its official trailer. Whereas the trailer showcases some actually grotesque mysteries and compelling drama (in addition to a haunting cowl of Nation Roads), the spotlight of the footage is a repair the sequence makes to 1 egregious facet of the unique film: Clarice’s accent.
Clarice was performed by Jodie Foster within the authentic The Silence of the Lambs. Though her efficiency gained her an Academy Award and Clarice is usually thought-about one of many best heroines in movie historical past, Foster’s West Virginian accent was fairly poor. Clarice’s Appalachian historical past is integral to her character, defining the childhood that led to her changing into a criminologist, and realizing that previous with a very good accent is important to her character.
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The Silence of the Lambs drew consideration to Foster’s accent in an improvised second when she and Hannibal Lecter first meet. Within the scene, Hannibal actor Anthony Hopkins mocked her southern accent, drawing a horrified response from Foster who felt attacked by the critique. Whereas this made for an impactful and genuinely emotional scene, it additionally gave voice to the frustrations of Appalachians all over the place who’ve been poorly represented in Hollywood with regularity.
Clarice provides CBS an opportunity to proper the wrongs of Foster’s accent. Actor Rebecca Breeds has taken on the titular position, bringing a brand new voice and accent to the character. Whereas Breeds herself is Australian, her few strains within the trailer recommend that the present and actor have centered on offering a greater West Virginian voice. Specializing in an genuine West Virginian accent is a vital transfer for Clarice, because the present brings her again house to Appalachia, offering ample alternative for comparability.
Higher Appalachian illustration is much more vital given sure latest egregious errors. Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy was extensively derided as a horrible portrayal of Appalachia, with many residents rightfully angered that once they aren’t ignored by Hollywood, they’re stereotyped and belittled. Whereas more moderen movies and TV sequence, like Amazon Prime’s Regular for Now, have executed a greater job of portraying the vary of characters and issues present in Appalachia, it is vital to proceed to attempt for extra correct illustration.
Clarice provides CBS and the media on the whole an opportunity to do higher for West Virginian illustration. Whereas an precise Appalachian actor within the title position would have been preferable, specializing in a extra correct portrayal of West Virginian individuals is the very least that CBS might do. Clarice has projected a extra correct and sympathetic understanding of Clarice’s West Virginian origins by its consideration to her accent. Whereas there’s nonetheless an opportunity for this new Clarice’s accent to fall flat as soon as audiences have skilled full episodes of the present, the trailer provides some hope.
Clarice stars Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling, Michael Cudlitz as Paul Krendler, Lucca de Oliveira as Tomas Esquivel, Kal Penn as Shaan Tripathi, Nick Sandow as Agent Clarke, Devyn Tyler as Ardelia Mapp and Marnee Carpenter as Catherine Martin. The sequence premieres Feb. 11, 2021 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on CBS and CBS All Entry.
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