British actors tend to like Southern accents because it blends in well with their native vocal patterns, but after Batman and over twenty five years of being on screen, it’s funny to hear Christian Bale do a Southern working class accent in the trailer for Out of the Furnace. Here he plays a man out for revenge for what happened (or didn’t) to his brother, played by Casey Affleck.

The big thing this trailer sells is respectability. most of the cast (outside of Star Trek Into Darkness star Zoe Saldana) either has an Oscar, or has been nominated for one. And that includes Woody Harrelson (he’s actually got two nominations), who plays the big baddie in the film, and who may have killed Affleck for not throwing a fight. But this film has character actors a-plenty between him, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker. Here’s that trailer:

Is it just us, or does this not look that good? Maybe it’s the Southern drag, or maybe it’s that Harrelson doesn’t seem that menacing these days, which makes it hard to (at least from a trailer) feel like this is a super serious movie. And maybe that’s the problem. Perhaps in context this plays stronger, but this comes across as an Oscar picture that’s afraid to really dig into the genre from which it was born. But trailers are used to sell films, and perhaps the best way to get people interested is the talent involved. We’ll know for sure when Out of the Furnace hits theaters December 6.

What’s your favorite bad southern accent in cinema?