Date: Sat, 12 Mar 1994 09:43:07 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Actors & Accent Rudy reminded listers and lurkers of Kevin Kostner's lack of success in adapting his speech. Remember John Wayne and his linguistic versatility? And now Nick Nolte, whose attempt at an Italian accent in "Lorenzo's Oil" was laughable and embarrassing. Could you imagine Olivier or Gilgud doing any other accent? But they'd never have been cast in a role that demanded a change in accent. Rod Steiger. Meryl Streep. Young people may not react to Costner's Robin Hood accent the way those of us over 50 do. DMLance