linguoboy wrote:As far as I know, he spoke no Welsh. According to Wikipedia he required "special coaching" to say his lines, but I'm not sure of the source for that.)
I recall several years ago, living in Toronto, I would frequent language exchange Meetups and one of them in particular was always held at the Ontario Conservatory of Music in downtown TO. Anyway, for a brief period one of the regular attendees was a woman training in opera at the OCM and she was trying to improver her German I think in part to help her opera singing. She told us how they had to learn to read IPA to help them sing in other languages better. I also read/heard somewhere (perhaps even on here?) about a past pope from modern times that knew IPA and would learn speeches he was going to say using IPA to help him say a speech in another language.
(On another non-linguistic note, it's amazing to me how TV/movie productions will take whatever steps they need to teach actors specialized skills just for the right part. Apparently several of the cast of The Fast and the Furious series didn't know to drive when they were first signed on, but were taught. This was also true of some cast for the FF one about drifting, and as well, Vin Diesel had never driven stick shift prior to the FF series.)