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Actors: Lose Your Boston Accent In Four Weeks

"Edge of Darkness" was both shot and set in Boston.

"Edge of Darkness" was both shot and set in Boston.

Where did Hollywood casting directors turn when they needed some R-dropping extras and bit players for Mel Gibson’s set-in-Boston thriller, Edge of Darkness? Boston Casting.

But not every made-in-Massachusetts film is set in Massachusetts. Some, like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, are filmed in Massachusetts, but set in places such as New Jersey. No Boston accents required.

Boston Accent Reduction Class instructor Wendy Wiberg (Adam Ragusea/WBUR)

Boston Accent Reduction Class instructor Wendy Wiberg (Adam Ragusea/WBUR)

That’s why Boston Casting has started up a Boston Accent Reduction Class. Four weeks and $199 later, you can sound every bit as bland and vaguely midwestern as Tom Cruise!

We listen in on the first day of class.

Guests:

  • Frank Mazzarella, actor
  • Mary C. Ferrara, actor
  • Marjorie Whittaker, instructor, Boston Accent Reduction Class

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