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The benefits of a 'Bas-ton' accent

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in Fighting

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in Fighting Credit: Handout

“The Fighter” is most prominently a film in the tradition of the classic, hardscrabble boxing movie, a big screen staple for decades.

Yet David O. Russell’s latest, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale and hits theaters Friday, is also heir to another notable tradition: the Boston accent movie.

In its honor, amNewYork “pahks the ka at Haved Yahd” and looks back at some recent films sporting wicked cool dropped Rs:

‘Good Will Hunting’ (1997)
The movie that made stars and, yes, Academy Award winners out of local “pissahs” Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. How do you like them apples, indeed?

‘Thirteen Days’ (2000)
Kevin Costner is not known as a master of accents, so gluttons for punishment can have a field day as he plays Massachusetts native Kenny O’Donnell, huddling with Bruce Greenwood’s President Kennedy during this Cuban Missile Crisis docudrama.

‘Mystic River’ (2003)
Clint Eastwood’s film, also an Oscar winner, proves the indisputable truth that emotional torment strikes a deeper chord when tinged with Bostonian inflections.

‘The Departed’ (2006)
Martin Scorsese traded the familiar Little Italy cadence for that of our New England neighbors, in an Oscar winning movie that answered the question on everyone’s mind: What would Jack Nicholson sound like as a Southie?

Dishonorable mention:
The annals of film and TV history are filled with bad Boston accents. A recent example: We love Julianne Moore, and trust her background as a Boston University graduate, but we couldn’t help wondering what spurred her ridiculously overwrought “Bas-ton” inflections on her “30 Rock” arc last spring.

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