In 1974, Mel Brooks adapted his comedy stylings to the Western genre. The old timey setting proved the perfect scenario for inarticulateness. In one scene, crazy ol' Gabby Johnson delivers a speech in what Olson Johnson describes as being "authentic frontier gibberish." The hand motions say everything the broken English can't.
Whisper speaks fluent English, but James Bond wouldn't know it. The baddie barely makes a peep when he speaks, qualifying him as one of movie history's biggest mumblers. In this case, his bite is worse than his bark.
Taking the "Whisper" shtick one step further, Dustin Hoffman never missed a beat while bringing his character "Mumbles" to the screen in Warren Beaty's 1990 comic book adaptation. Many praise Hoffman's work in "Rain Man" among his best performances, but at least he got to use words in that movie. How was his work in "Dick Tracy" not Oscar-worthy?!
Hoffman may be under-praised in "Dick Tracy" -- but not by Benicio Del Toro. The actor cited Hoffman's performance as his inspiration for his character Fred Fenster in "Usual Suspects." The only difference: Del Toro plays it a bit more realistically than Hoffman.
What started with "Saturday Night Live'"s Opera Man culminated in "Billy Madison." If people knew speaking gibberish could launch a billion-dollar career, perhaps more actors would give it a shot. Adam Sandler and The Minions in the minority.
There are pages and pages of Urban Dictionary dedicated to decoding the vernacular of "Pootie Tang." There may be answers at the end of the translation tunnel, but Louis C.K.'s directorial debut is better left untouched. We don't need to know what Pootie Tang is saying. It's all about the suave style of spitting it out.
Just one reason why "Rat Race" is much funnier than it should be: Vince Vieluf's Blaine Cody. Having just received a tongue piercing, Blaine spends most of the mad dash comedy as a mush mouth. Not helpful when you're tracking down a cool million and avoiding flying cows.
To realistically portray the year 2321, "Cloud Atlas" writer David Mitchell created an evolved form of English that is barely understandable by the ears of 2013 humans. So that's what The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer made Tom Hanks learn for his final role in their epic adaptation of the book. It works! And that's the true true.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Steve Carell arrives at the 'Despicable Me 2' Australian premiere at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on June 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Miranda Cosgrove and Steve Carell arrive at the 'Despicable Me 2' Australian premiere at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on June 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)