I’m not talking about singing.
I caught a few minutes of Godfather yesterday on AMC. You realize when watching that that Brando doesn’t just put on that rasp, but it’s a slight accent, a different rhythm of talking, different ways to emphasize words. . .everything about it is excellent and the character really comes out of that voice more than anything.
And, if you’ve seen On the Waterfront or Apocalypse Now you realize that his characters can really be defined by their voices. He’s probably the master, IMHO.
But, really changing your vocal style completely is one of those things that a lot of actors – even if they put together a decent accent – don’t really nail. It’s also one of those things that can be embarrassing if you do it poorly, so not all actors seem willing to take the chance (Tom Cruise, e.g. when has he even tried to change his voice?).
It’s fun to rip on actors who really blow it (Costner, e.g) but what are some of the best vocal performances from movies for you?