Originally Posted by Specter
I never understood that whole accent business. What's realistic about it? If the movie takes place in Russia and everyone speaks English, then we're to assume that English stands in for Russian, right? So why would they then have accents? Makes no sense and is offensive to people from that country, because let's face it, when people fake a foreign accent it's never perfect and always slightly offensive, at least. Leave fake accents to comedy and drop it from drama.
Imagine Romeo and Juliet with Italian accents. It would be absurd.
Actually, I have seen a version of the Opera done in Italian........