What is the origin of Scruffy's (the Planet Express janitor) accent?

I noted he says at one point (what sounds to my ear) like:

Jail's not s' bad. You can make Sang-Gree-a in the turlet.

I interpret that as:

Jail is not so bad. You can make Sangria in the toilet.

My best guess would be South-Eastern United States. Can anyone confirm, and narrow it down?

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    To my knowledge, Dave Herman has never publicly stated what his inspiration for Scruffy's accent was. With that in mind, it probably becomes a case of simply finding the accent that best corresponds with the Scruffy voice. Unless someone can contact Dave Herman and ask him. Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 11:07

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Scruffy Scruffington is voiced by Actor Dave Herman

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According to the Futurama "Infosphere" His accent is a takeoff of Billy Bob Thorton's character; Karl Childers in the movie Sling Blade which is set in rural Arkansas

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There's an interesting video here that has David Herman talking about being "the voice of Scruffy"

  • Thanks for the extra info. Oh well, I think this matter has been well addressed in any case. ..Have to say I really love the animated GIF of Scruffy with one of his magazines. Those are classic. "Scruffy's gonna' die like he lived.. Uh-huh" Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 20:01

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