"I didn't want it to be a movie about an accent": Chris Pine on 'Outlaw King's second biggest attraction
Outlaw King releases this Friday, November 9, on Netflix, and shows the story of Robert the Bruce (Pine), who led a rebellion to reclaim his rightful throne.
If there's one thing that Netflix has managed to get social media buzzing with, it's the gory, bloody war-drama 'Outlaw King' starring Chris Pine, and also a promise of his full frontal nudity. And while the whole nudity thing has somehow managed to become the topic of conversation revolving this movie, there's another huge aspect that Chris Pine fans have also been raving about and that is the thick Scottish accent he adapted for playing the role of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots. While Pine has addressed the issue of how sensationalized his nude scene has been, claiming that it highlights a major 'double standard' existing in for male and female artists, he didn't seem all that critical when it came to the uproar that his new accent has caused.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about how difficult it was to master the accent in the first place, the 'Wonder Woman' actor shared: "It was difficult to get an accent to be organic that is so foreign from my own. There were particular sounds that I stumbled on, but also just getting the musicality of the language down." But here's the catch: Pine didn't want the movie to focus on his brand new accent at all. "I didn’t want it to be a movie about an accent," he shared with the outlet. "I didn’t want people to not believe I was Scottish, but I also couldn’t draw too much attention to it and away from the story."
At the same time, despite all the serious effort he put into making sure that the role was portrayed impeccably, Pine assures that he did enjoy the whole process, especially his stay in Scotland. "I had a great time!" he told the outlet. "We shot a pretty heavy schedule so there wasn’t much sightseeing. We just shot on something around 40 locations from top to bottom and I saw some spectacular natural visions out there — cliffs falling into the ocean, heather, beautiful rivers — so it was quite something and obviously, the landscape is as much a part of the story as anything else."
And for those wondering if he returned home in a kilt - authentic Scots style - Pine has some solid answers for that too. "No, I did not buy a kilt because there were no kilts in the 1300s!" But he would like to assure enthusiasts who would like to see him in a kilt that "When I get my Scottish passport, I’ll get one."
Outlaw King releases this Friday, November 9, on Netflix, and shows the story of Robert the Bruce, who led a rebellion to reclaim his rightful throne. The film has been labeled the emblem of gore and horror with brutal war scenes that are able to put it in the league of HBO's 'Game of Thrones'. Directed by David Mackenzie, the film also stars Aaron Taylor Johnson as Robert's wild sidekick, James Douglas, and Florence Pugh as Robert's second wife, Elizabeth de Burgh.