LotR dialect coach Andrew Jack dies aged 76 of COVID-19 complications

Star Wars actor Andrew Jack dies from coronavirus complications at 76 leaving behind heartbroken wife who didn’t get a chance to say goodbye

  • Jack played a Resistance officer in the first two movies of the new Star Wars trilogy and also acted as a dialect coaching for his co-stars 
  • He died at a hospital near London while his wife Gabrielle Rogers had to remain in quarantine in Australia unable to say goodbye in person
  • Only this year he was coaching Robert Pattinson for The Batman which shut down production in Britain on  March 14
  • Jack helped create the dialects for the various fictional languages in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings film trilogy 
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Andrew Jack, the premier dialect coach who worked on The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy, has died of COVID-19 complications aged 76.

He succumbed to the illness at a hospital near London while his wife Gabrielle Rogers had to remain in quarantine in Australia, unable to say goodbye in person.

Social distancing restrictions have left doubt about whether a full funeral is feasible, Jack’s representative Jill McCullough told TMZ.

Dearly departed: Andrew Jack, who appeared in Star Wars and was the premier dialect coach who worked on The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy, has died of COVID-19 complications aged 76

Only this year Jack was working with a cast including Robert Pattinson on The Batman, which shut down production in Britain on March 14.

After a two-week hiatus was announced in Variety mid-month, the director Matt Reeves tweeted last Friday that the halt was ’till it is safe for us all to resume…’ 

Jack got his big break in the movies teaching English actor Julian Glover to sound American for the 1989 film Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. 

He taught Robert Downey Jr. how to speak like Charlie Chaplin in a performance that earned the movie star an Oscar nomination.

Iconic: One of his most massive undertakings was Peter Jackson’s sprawling The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy, which he is pictured working on with Elijah Wood

Jack went onto coach Irish actor Pierce Brosnan in three of his four James Bond movies – GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day.

One of his most massive undertakings was Peter Jackson’s sprawling The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy where he worked with Roisin Carty.

The duo created the dialects for not only the ‘Common Tongue,’ English, but also the various fictional languages like Sindarin and Quenya created by author J.R.R. Tolkien.

They were meticulous about making sure to remain ‘true to’ the source material Tolkien created in his legendarium – although, as Jack noted wryly, ‘curiously in the recordings that he’s done he doesn’t abide by his own rules.’ 

Top talent: Jack was enlisted as a dialect coach in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which ie is pictured acting in with Harrison Ford) and went on to work on its sequel subtitled The Last Jedi 

Jack and Carty reunited for the dialects on Troy with its all-star cast featuring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eric Bana and Lord Of The Rings alumnus Orlando Bloom.

The Pattinson film was not Jack’s first encounter with the Batman franchise – he previously helped Christian Bale embody the character in Batman Begins. 

‘Christian took this all the way. I remember one time his wife came up to me on set an asked me: “Andrew could you please ask Christian to say something like Christian? I haven’t heard his own voice for two years now,”‘ the coach dished in an interview on his website.

‘Even in his private life Christian stays in the character he is playing. He’ll say ordinary things to his wife like: “Honey, shall I make some coffee?” as Batman! It’s extreme, but it’s fantastic to work with somebody who is so dedicated.’ 

In character: In these movies he also featured onscreen alongside the actors he taught, playing Resistance officer Caluan Ematt.

He served as dialect coach on Captain America: The First Avenger and then worked with Thor star Chris Hemsworth on a string of Marvel movies including Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Jack was enlisted as a dialect coach in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and went on to work on its sequel subtitled The Last Jedi.

In these movies he also featured onscreen alongside the actors he taught, playing Resistance officer Caluan Ematt.

He was also on hand to assist the actors on the first two A Star Wars Story movies – the 2016 hit Rogue One and the 2018 film Solo. 

Only the best: He taught Robert Downey Jr. how to speak like Charlie Chaplin in a performance that earned the movie star an Oscar nomination

Jack maintained long professional relationships with multiple stars – he taught Downey Jr. on movies ranging from Sherlock Holmes to Doolittle – and worked with a broad spectrum of actors like Scarlett Johansson in The Girl With The Pearl Earring and Hugh Jackman in Kate And Leopold.

The son of English actor and broadcaster Stephen Jack, the dialect coach has credited his father’s radio voice with influencing his own choice of career.

‘There was a perfection to it and I was very aware of it at that young age,’ Jack said fondly in an interview.

‘My father was a bit of a clown in a way, but only in the protected environment of our home or when he was performing. So dialect and funny ways of speaking were very much part of our household.’

‘Element of trust’: Jack worked with a broad spectrum of actors like Scarlett Johansson in The Girl With The Pearl Earring (pictured) and Hugh Jackman in Kate And Leopold

The younger Jack embarked on a brief acting career but shifted into dialect coaching after working as a flight attendant.

‘And I suddenly discovered I was learning all these accents, so I taught myself phonetics and I then decided that I ought to be teaching what I was doing,’ revealed Jack in an interview years ago. 

‘Part of the actor’s craft is to be able not to show that his wife left him this morning, but to play a character who is exuberant. My work is not just about changing sound, it’s about an attitude, a way of behaving,’ he once told Thierry Somers.

‘My work is all about being as laidback as I can be. Not to be confrontational ever. The element of trust is very important.’

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