Talking like we do is harder than you'd think.
At least if you ask Ewan McGregor, the Scotsman who is playing Minnesota brothers in the upcoming third season of FX's Fargo.
McGregor, while speaking in a Fargo panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Thursday, talked about the challenges of doing "the Fargo-y accent."
"The challenge is to, first of all, master that accent, which is very, very difficult," he said, according to E News. "It's a very strange accent to lock into, as a non-American. It's the hardest accent I've ever done, and I've done Dutch once. This is worse. And it's very familiar… Our audience's ear is attuned to it."
McGregor is playing the Stussy brothers in the 2010-set season – Emmit is the successful "parking lot king of Minnesota," the other, Ray, is a less successful parole officer. Which means he faces another degree of difficulty, having to "within that accent ... find Ray's voice and Emmit's voice," he said.
He's not the first UK-born actor to have a big role in the series. Martin Freeman, who's from southern England, tackled the "Oh gosh" accent in season one (and it seemed to settle in after a few episodes).
He talked about it with USA Today a few years ago, saying he used the voice from the time he started shooting until he wrapped.
"My main thing is not to do a kind of SNL skit version. I didn't want to do just a gag of saying 'Oh yeah,' and thinking that's going to get you by. I wanted it to be detailed and I wanted it to be respectful," Freeman said.
What else we learned about Fargo season 3
No footage was shown, but McGregor's co-stars Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were there. As was executive producer Warren Littlefield, who said technology will play a big role in this new season (which is set in 2010).
Season two took place in the '70s, while season one was the early 2000s. So this will be the closest the show has come to the current state of technology – smartphones, social media, etc. etc.
Season three will be 10 episodes, and it's set to air on FX starting in April.