SciFi is running a restored version of the schlock-classic Esperanto film Incubus, which starred a young, pre-Kirk William Shatner. It’s sort of bizarre watching a movie in which all of the actors have the awkward diction of someone delivering lines in an unfamiliar language… and it’s compounded by the fact that since Esperanto’s not a natural language, they don’t even seem to have a sense of how to fake the accent After all, there isn’t really an accent.
When Shatner came on, I realized he’d been brilliantly cast as the male lead. See… Shatner always delivered his English lines as though he was stumbling along in a foreign language. So he doesn’t sound much different when it’s actually the case. Genius.