Can Julianne Moore Pull Off the Sarah Palin Accent?

Can Julianne Moore Pull Off the Sarah Palin Accent?

Can Julianne Moore Pull Off the Sarah Palin Accent?

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
March 10 2011 11:49 AM

Can Julianne Moore Pull Off the Sarah Palin Accent?

/blogs/xx_factor/2011/03/10/julianne_moore_will_play_sarah_palin/jcr:content/body/slate_image

Julianne Moore is set to play Sarah Palin in an HBO adaptation of the dishy 2008 election recap  Game Change . I'm a Moore fan (and every time I think about taking my redhead's skin unprotected out in the sun, an image of her flawless 50-year-old complexion dances through my mind) and a Palin-watcher , so the casting strikes me as great fun. I think she'll do a nice job capturing the playful Palin spark,  and I applaud HBO for not taking the lazy path of throwing some glasses on a Palin lookalike. But I'm a little worried about, well, the speaking bits. As anyone who's seen her not-so-subtle 30 Rock take on the Boston accent knows, Moore's not into underplaying her characters' distinctive locutions. (More proof in her East Coast aristocrat Maude Lebowski , her posh Brit in A Single Man , etc.*)

Advertisement

I bet Moore's hamminess is part of why she was cast- Palin's Mat-Su Valley lilt is easy to skewer, and doing so reliably gets a laugh. But for my money, Tina Fey's dead-on (yet over-the-top)  SNL Palin impression will be pretty tough to beat, so why play it that way? I hope Moore leaves the jokey vocal overcompensation at home and actually tries to explore Palin as a complicated character, which she must be, no matter how easily caricaturized the face she presents to the world might be. That's a movie I'd watch.

Correction, March 10, 2011 : The post originally mixed up A Serious Man and A Single Man.

Palin by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images. Moore by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images.

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.