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Worst British Accents Ever - 27/8/2009 6:55:07 PM   
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worst Irish accents in Movies - 27/8/2009 6:55:07 PM   
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The Irish accent has been butchered by Hollywood over the years, for example, Richard Gere in the Jackal. Just awful. Although Brad Pitt redeemed himself in Snatch after the ceili singing attempt in the Devil's Own.

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Accents - 27/8/2009 8:55:00 PM   
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I didnt think Portman in V For Vendetta was bad at all. I do, however, think that Captain Jack Sparrow sounds more Australian then British to be honest, although i do love Johnny Depp. On the subject of Irish accents, Leonardo DiCaprio in Gangs of New York was really pretty poor...

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- 27/8/2009 10:07:58 PM   
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"Mike Myers can do a good Scottish accent. A very good Scottish accent, in fact, as seen in 1993's So I Married An Axe Murderer, and it's not really that surprising considering his Scottish heritage and rampant Anglophilia."

Seriously? I think using the word 'anglophilia' in connection with a man's fascination with all things Scottish is a bit dumb.

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Don Cheadle - 27/8/2009 10:44:38 PM   
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The Don Cheadle clip was a poor choice. He doesn't have enough dialogue in the clip you selected to really highlight how truly awful he was at being British (why anyway? couldn't they cast a brit or have Don Cheadle be American?). In fact that clip almost gives the impression he did an 'arf decent job guv'nor.

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- 27/8/2009 10:57:41 PM   
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What about Mel Gibson in the God-awful Braveheart or Charlie Hunnam in Green Street?

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HOW DID YOU MISS THIS ONE????? - 27/8/2009 11:00:57 PM   
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Come on! Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors. That has to be the absolute worst british accent in a movie ever! I couldn't take that movie seriously after her first line of dialogue, I would just giggle every time she spoke.

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Get Over It - 28/8/2009 1:16:50 AM   
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You Brits take your accents much too seriously. I loathe how most of the English laugh and laugh all the time about American actors trying to pull off British accents yet are just as bad at trying to pull off the opposite. I mean, have you seen The Ugly Truth? It was hard enough watching that train wreck of movie without having to listen to Gerard Butler strain his Scottish jaw into an American accent...pure horror.

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Get Over It - 28/8/2009 1:19:27 AM   
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You Brits take your accents much too seriously. I loathe how most of the English laugh and laugh all the time about American actors trying to pull off British accents yet are just as bad at trying to pull off the opposite. I mean, have you seen The Ugly Truth? It was hard enough watching that train wreck of movie without having to listen to Gerard Butler strain his Scottish jaw into an American accent...pure horror.

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Get Over It - 28/8/2009 1:19:30 AM   
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You Brits take your accents much too seriously. I loathe how most of the English laugh and laugh all the time about American actors trying to pull off British accents yet are just as bad at trying to pull off the opposite. I mean, have you seen The Ugly Truth? It was hard enough watching that train wreck of movie without having to listen to Gerard Butler strain his Scottish jaw into an American accent...pure horror.

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- 28/8/2009 1:50:36 AM   
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Please do best British accents too.
(Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors has a brilliant accent).

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Wrong country! - 28/8/2009 8:03:48 AM   
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What about Mrs Doubtfire - she's supposedly english but speaks with a scottish accent.

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Dodgy accents.... - 28/8/2009 8:24:55 AM   
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How can this list not contain....
Brion James in Tango & Cash
or
Robert Englund in the Adventures of Ford Fairlane "Ello ello ello"

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I Love Accents - 28/8/2009 8:32:03 AM   
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Changing my voice to become someone from somewhere else is something I can do. Don't know how or why, it just is. Listening to actors attempt accents is sometimes painful. Rene Zellweger in Bridget Jones, Ewan MacGregor as Alec Guinness, sorry, Obi-Wan, and the ones mentioned above. I don't see why you can't cast the correct nationality for the role, or simply change the nationality to suit the actor. Why did Gerard Butler have to be "Oirish" in PS I Love You? He could have easily been a Scottish character. And Sean Connery ALWAYS sounds the same - I didn't even recognise that Malone in The Untouchables was meant to be Irish (although the name gives it away). Anyway, accents, unless better than amazing, should be left to the native speakers...

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Fair point - 28/8/2009 9:23:28 AM   
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Regarding Brits who can't do American accents (James Mcavoy in wanted for one). I just can't stand bad accents whoever does them, its totally distracting from the film, Mike Myers in Inglorious Basterds has been the worst for a while. Although my favorite has to be Richard Gere in the Jackal.

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worst Irish accents in Movies - 28/8/2009 10:47:56 AM   
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Have to agree , the Irish accents have to be the worst. Some of the worst examples are Billy Connolly's attempt in The Last Samurai (why?) or Tom Cruise in Far and Away. But the hands down worst accent that I have ever heard has to be Dominic West in Punisher: War Zone as some kind of mafioso. Wow.

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RE: worst Irish accents in Movies - 28/8/2009 11:42:53 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Rushey

Have to agree , the Irish accents have to be the worst. Some of the worst examples are Billy Connolly's attempt in The Last Samurai (why?) or Tom Cruise in Far and Away. But the hands down worst accent that I have ever heard has to be Dominic West in Punisher: War Zone as some kind of mafioso. Wow.


Dominic West's accent in the punisher was hilarious, one of the hammiest performances ever in such an unintentionally piss funny film. Its watchable purely for the fact that him and the guy that plays his brother (eugene toombs in the x-files), seem to be trying to outdo each other in how ridicolously OTT there acting can be

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Lest we forget - 28/8/2009 11:48:49 AM   
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Charlie Hunnam in green street, a geordie doing cockney about as bad as it can get

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- 28/8/2009 1:08:16 PM   
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I thought Fat Bastard was a terrific accent!

AS FOR MISCHA BARTON. PAH!

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HUH - 28/8/2009 1:28:36 PM   
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Hasn't anyone mentioned Sean Connery's accent in The Untouchables?! SO BAD!
Also, whoever was moaning about Brits doing American accents, I admit we find it difficult to differentiate the regional accents, but we're still pretty good, I mean, just watch The Wire. Then get back to me.

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Four words - 28/8/2009 5:25:11 PM   
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Josh Hartnett. Blow Dry.

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- 28/8/2009 5:28:52 PM   
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It's when they do it off-the-cuff that really annoys me. How many times have you seen a big Hollywood star come over here to do a chat show, and then, for no reason other than, presumably, to be offensive, they repeat what the interviewer says in some Godawful mangled facsimile of the interviewer's accent? I don't know whether they think we'll find them endearing, but really, we don't.

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Four words - 28/8/2009 5:37:29 PM   
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Josh Hartnett. Blow Dry.

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irish accents in moves - 28/8/2009 5:38:06 PM   
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Dominic West did have a dreadful Irish accent in punisher, and the fact they gave him the surname "McGinty". I mean that has to be racist or something

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Fuck Me! - 28/8/2009 5:57:47 PM   
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Cringe cringe mother fuckin' cringe. Shoot the bastards, one and all. There are tonnes of British actors out there who are better than the majority of them and could probably do their yanks accents better than they could themselves to boot!

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This is our shot at gloorrrrry lads - 28/8/2009 6:52:27 PM   
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Surely Robert Duvall's turn as the manager in A Shot At Glory deserves a place? About as convincing as Ally McCoist as a Celtic player!

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RE: This is our shot at gloorrrrry lads - 28/8/2009 8:27:52 PM   
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There are quite a few British actors who did such good American accents that a lot of Americans didn't realise they weren't American e.g. Hugh Laurie in 'House', Dominic West and Idris Elba in 'The Wire', etc. That reminds me, Dominic West does a bloody awful English accent in one episode of 'The Wire'. Now that's acting. An English actor playing an American who accurately portrays American's terrible attempts at an English accent.

There are more different accents in Britain than there are different American accents. When Americans try to do British accents they always do Mockney (speaking in 50% rhyming slang) or a posh accent that makes the Queen sound common.

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This shows my taste in movies... - 28/8/2009 11:00:39 PM   
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Lindsay Lohan in the Parent Trap was hilarious. One of the only reasons I remember the movie, to be honest. She tried a bit too much, I think.

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How About A Little Perspective? - 29/8/2009 3:46:48 AM   
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I love you, Brits, really. But the earlier poster is right.

If you think that this is a one-way street then you are sadly deluded. There has been many a terrible American accent from British actors - even the late great Laurence Olivier had a couple dodgy ones. You flatten vowels into pancakes and talk through your nose like you have a cold; sometimes you sound like you're in a 1930's movie, sometimes a cartoon. And you seem as blissfully unaware of the subtlety of localisms (Chicago is not Boston, etc) as we are of yours. Despite her other Oscar-winning performance from the same year, Kate Winslet has a terrible accent in Revolutionary Road. Very painful on the ears. Hugh Laurie sounds like no American I have ever heard in my life in House...that is a completely bizarre, alien accent. Bob Hoskins, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham-Carter, Ewan McGregor (check out the new trailer on the front page), Emma Thompson, James McAvoy, the list goes on.   Why do you think we started hiring Aussies and Kiwis to play us? LOL.

But, truth be told, I could also make a list with Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale and Rachel Weisz on it about those Brits that do it so well you don't even think about it.   

The point is not everybody is Meryl Streep.  Oh wait, nix that, she's American...

In the States, we just don't get as hung up on accents as you do, we accept Sean Connery as an Irish cop and a Russian sub captain. Or Tom Wilkinson as an Italian gangster or a Southern Secretary Of State.  (Trust me, neither were "accurate", but they were lots of fun).  Surely the totality of the whole performance and personality is what matters in the end. We also rarely mention it when they get it wrong.

If you're always waiting for and expecting failure from every Yank who dares play a Brit, then I think you are being pedantic and sapping the joy out of whatever each actor brings to the table. Al Pacino's Cuban accent in Scarface is probably all wrong, but who gives a shit? It's a wonderful outsized performance I wouldn't change for anything.

Oh and for god's sake let Dick Van Dyke die in peace, will ya'?  Jesus.  Statute of limitations??  

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You should definitely do one for Irish accents... - 29/8/2009 6:26:28 AM   
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There are much worse cases of that happening in films than people butchering the American or English accents!!

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