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Cameron Diaz was forced to re-record her dialogue in The Counselor

11.07.2013by:

Despite middling reviews and poor box office, THE COUNSELOR is still a Ridley Scott movie with an all-star cast that should have worked. Cormac McCarthy is a master storyteller and yet there appear to have been several issues on this production. One that recently came to light is this odd one regarding Cameron Diaz.

Diaz's character Malkina was written as coming from Barbados. Now, Barbadians have a unique accent that you would recognize if you have ever hear Rihanna speak. Apparently that was what Cameron Diaz was going for with her portrayal of Malkina but the studio heads were not fans. In fact, they found her accent so distracting that Diaz was forced to dub her dialogue with a less severe accent.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Diaz was not happy about having to make this change and yet she nor Ridley Scott have made a comment about it. In the clip below, you can hear the accent if you listen hard enough, but I wonder what it would have sounded like in the original version.

Redubbing dialogue is commonplace thing to do on any movie, but I have a feeling this won't be the first odd thing to come out of THE COUNSELOR's production.

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5:27AM on 11/08/2013
I'm so disappointed this film was as bad as everyone said. I haven't seen it. Was very excited to, but after all the bad press, I skipped it. I'll catch it on DVD. Sucks about the accent though. I can see how it would be very distracting, but if she comes from that part of the world, then she's supposed to have an accent. Wonder if that's an issue in the film.
I'm so disappointed this film was as bad as everyone said. I haven't seen it. Was very excited to, but after all the bad press, I skipped it. I'll catch it on DVD. Sucks about the accent though. I can see how it would be very distracting, but if she comes from that part of the world, then she's supposed to have an accent. Wonder if that's an issue in the film.
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11:10PM on 11/07/2013
She was easily the weakest and worst part of The Counselor. Film was fantastic, but her performance just sucked.
She was easily the weakest and worst part of The Counselor. Film was fantastic, but her performance just sucked.
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10:59PM on 11/07/2013

Hrm.

Explains a bit, like what happened with Jodie Foster in Elysium. And it gives us some material for the inevitable Director's Cut.

Remember, though, if we can credit Ridley Scott for his successes, we have to credit him for the failures. The Counselor is his fault. You don't have to bend over backwards to make excuses for him.
Explains a bit, like what happened with Jodie Foster in Elysium. And it gives us some material for the inevitable Director's Cut.

Remember, though, if we can credit Ridley Scott for his successes, we have to credit him for the failures. The Counselor is his fault. You don't have to bend over backwards to make excuses for him.
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12:10AM on 11/08/2013
Agreed. Some of the blame certainly lies with Diaz, heck I'd even put some of the blame on Bardem, because although he was great in his role it was jarring when compared to most of the rest of the cast's. However, ultimately this is Scott's film, and unless the studio forced him to make ridiculous amounts of cuts or re-shoots (which doesn't seem to be the case) he needs to ultimately be the one to accept ownership for it.
Agreed. Some of the blame certainly lies with Diaz, heck I'd even put some of the blame on Bardem, because although he was great in his role it was jarring when compared to most of the rest of the cast's. However, ultimately this is Scott's film, and unless the studio forced him to make ridiculous amounts of cuts or re-shoots (which doesn't seem to be the case) he needs to ultimately be the one to accept ownership for it.
8:55PM on 11/07/2013
I've not seen the film yet, but I'm of the opinion that Cameron Diaz was miscast in this.
I've not seen the film yet, but I'm of the opinion that Cameron Diaz was miscast in this.
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8:33PM on 11/07/2013

trust me

i saw an advanced screening through a friend at fox... the producers were right this time, her accent was horrendous and the focus group they did afterward confirmed it, everyone had her as the main complaint.
i saw an advanced screening through a friend at fox... the producers were right this time, her accent was horrendous and the focus group they did afterward confirmed it, everyone had her as the main complaint.
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5:00PM on 11/07/2013

As an actress, I find Cameron Diaz middling at best.

She does good comedy, and has plenty of charisma, but she gets blown out of the water when acting opposite heavyweights like Daniel Day-Lewis or Leonardo DiCaprio in GANGS OF NEW YORK. She clearly struggled in a role that Angelina Jolie or Lana Parilla could have easily knocked out of the park.
She does good comedy, and has plenty of charisma, but she gets blown out of the water when acting opposite heavyweights like Daniel Day-Lewis or Leonardo DiCaprio in GANGS OF NEW YORK. She clearly struggled in a role that Angelina Jolie or Lana Parilla could have easily knocked out of the park.
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4:37PM on 11/07/2013

Too bad

Maybe that's why her performance was so flat. I know she catches a ton of flak but I have always been a fan and found this performance unusually poor. Movie is all-around excellent, though... yet another case of "Which film did the critics see, because the one I saw rocked!"
Maybe that's why her performance was so flat. I know she catches a ton of flak but I have always been a fan and found this performance unusually poor. Movie is all-around excellent, though... yet another case of "Which film did the critics see, because the one I saw rocked!"
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12:05AM on 11/08/2013
Modhip, you might be a totally reasonable person and have excellent taste in films as far as I know, but I think this is a case of what film did YOU see, because the one that I and the rest of the world saw sucked, no two ways about it.
Modhip, you might be a totally reasonable person and have excellent taste in films as far as I know, but I think this is a case of what film did YOU see, because the one that I and the rest of the world saw sucked, no two ways about it.
12:20PM on 11/08/2013
Fuck, luke319! Wind your neck back in!
Fuck, luke319! Wind your neck back in!
4:01PM on 11/07/2013

Middling?

37% on RT is middling? "Middling" means average. I would call 50-60% "middling." 37% is just plain bad, no two ways about it.
37% on RT is middling? "Middling" means average. I would call 50-60% "middling." 37% is just plain bad, no two ways about it.
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