Don Carlo wrote:
Colonel Klink and Sargeant Schultz were both played by native German speakers (who both happened to be Jewish and happily made fools of the Germans in Stalag 13).* Thanks to them, we know what REAL German-accented-English sounds like. And it's not Tom Cruise's flat New Jersey blabber.
*Thanks to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogan%27s_Heroes
Actually DC it even goes deeper than what wikipedia states about Hogan's Heroes.
Howard Caine (Maj. Hochstetter of the gestapo) who was also Jewish, would spit on his armband after he took it off after shooting for the day!
Leon Askin (General Burkhalter) was an Austrian Jew (most of the high ranking Germans on the show were Jewish of differing origins)
When it came to Klemperer & Banner, they only agreed to do the show if their characters were always portrayed as buffoons (it was literally a requirement by both of them because they did really have to escape the nazis as did Clary [LeBeau] & Askin)!
You are right, it is so ridiculous that the *Great* (sic) actor Tom Cruise wasn't capable of doing a German accent!
It's just going to make the film seem that much more poor a recreation.