Mark Ronson's awkward accent

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 June 2010
Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson was so concerned about being beaten up at school when he moved to New York from London that he changed his accent

Mark Ronson had to change his accent to fit in at school.

The London-born producer admits he had to soften his English tones to avoid being bullied when he moved to the US as a youngster.

Speaking about one of his favourite movies, 'Zelig', he explained: "It's sort of a mockumentary, Woody Allen plays the lead and he changes his appearance depending on what group of people he's with.

"I moved to New York when I was a kid, and I remember having to change my accent to stop me from getting beaten up by other kids, so I've always had a lot of sympathy with Woody's character."

The 'Stop Me' hitmaker also admitted he loves reading about "f****d up" people.

He added: "The book that changed me would be 'The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' by James Joyce. It's the first book you read in school that's about someone the same age as you, who's got the same messed-up life you do.

"It was the first thing I ever read with a wonderfully flawed kid trying to do s**t. I like f****d up people - for the same reason I like 'Crime and Punishment' too."

Mark Ronson

DJ and producer du jour, who souped up Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, performs his own solo show, now going in a more funky electro direction on latest album Uptown Special.

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