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Posted on 21 Nov 2009 07:28:37 GMT
R. J. Ashley says:
Any Tv sci-fi where all Aliens speak with perfect American accents and act with american gestures. Worst of all is when then have kids in the stories as they have very broad american accents and cant act anyway

Posted on 24 Nov 2009 15:26:02 GMT
A. M. Cox says:
Brion James' mockney in Tango and Cash
Faaaack ooorrrff u wankaaaaaah!!! Oh dear

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2009 18:00:11 GMT
M. coyne says:
sean connery in the untouchables

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2009 18:02:23 GMT
M. coyne says:
its not a film but the lead female character in the tv series - burn notice .After 3 epesodes she lost her irish accent lol

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2009 15:28:17 GMT
Colin Farrell is Irish?

Posted on 26 Nov 2009 01:48:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Nov 2009 01:49:47 GMT
falcon says:
not sure if any has mentioned this but what about Julia Roberts in Mary Reilly.that accent is atrocious.i guess it was supposed to be Irish but it was a horrible attempt,and it took me right out of the movie.does anyone else agree?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2009 14:32:42 GMT
Michael Caine's accent in Kidnapped: had completely forgotten this one! Memorable for not just the accent but also the costumes.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2009 16:45:54 GMT
B. Hailey says:
I was racking my brains for one, but you have mentioned the worst ever accent in a film with Dick Van Dyke . Genius !

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2009 16:52:44 GMT
B. Hailey says:
Arn't we ???

Posted on 3 Dec 2009 20:16:17 GMT
colin farrell's orish wordspeak in Alexander, saint patrick himself went green with embarassment.. Ron Pearlmans orish accent in the mutant chronicles one line was dublin brogue the next line was Ulster scots. pure rubbish.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2009 20:27:34 GMT
S. Young says:
I completely agree, though I love christopher eccleston, his accent was woeful, and the script was clearly written to include every scottish cliche in the book!

The other worst accent for me is Catherine zeta jones in oceans twelve, is she american, is she welsh, is she from france... make up your mind!

Posted on 4 Dec 2009 19:43:43 GMT
G. Maguire says:
not really an accent but...
christian bale's batman voice - so deep it's ridiculous!
and also in the untouchables, they keep referring to sean connery as irish even though he is blatantly scottish! he makes no effort to be irish at all!

Posted on 5 Dec 2009 12:45:01 GMT
Joyeuse says:
...........and what about the Scottish hobbit!

Posted on 5 Dec 2009 22:43:06 GMT
Moose Harris says:
speaking of the "ocean's" movies...don cheadle's "where the f*** are you supposed to be from?" accent in all of those. i think he's meant to be from somewhere in london, but he made dick van dyke sound authentic.

Posted on 9 Dec 2009 18:54:21 GMT
Quaddy says:
the leads accents in boondock saints were terrible!!

Posted on 11 Dec 2009 11:54:00 GMT
spiderboris says:
Best recent one has to be Simon Pegg in Star Trek. Y'think they could have noticed before making the film that he's useless?

Okay, fair enough, the original Scotty was a Canadian and not exactly authentic, and Pegg makes a halfway decent stab but he has that bad accent thing where every second syllable seems to go back into his natural accent... And yes, Anton Yelchin who played Chekhov was even worse with his borderline-racist `wery goot, kiptin' flipping awful Russian accent. I know some Russians, and they don't sound like that. They probably won't sound like that in the future, either...

Cate Blanchett in Charlotte Gray was baffling - she's supposed to be Scottish, yet seems to have got her countries mixed up and done Irish instead.

And indeed Michael Caine can only play one character, and not an American one at that. He has a stab at in the Weather Man and nearly succeeds, but he's hilariously all-over-the-place in On Deadly Ground. Mind you, that is a Steven Seagal film, so he's still putting on a billion-times better performance than lord Ponytail Seagal, who seems to have never considered learning how to act at all, never mind an accent.

Though saying that, there's a great book called Seagalogy that analyses the great man's oevre, pointing out his regular tendency to pretend to be either Native American, Japanese or Afro-American in his roles. As well as occasionally lapsing into `ebonic' speech patterns (ie trying to `sound black') Hilarious!

Indeed one of the worst overall example for me is the ridiculous, clipped upper-class, `I say chaps, what-ho' voice that generic British characters are so often given in American films and TV shows. Don't American moviemakers realise only the Royal Family actually speak like that? See also Malcolm MacDowell, who always sounds like he's putting on a bad generic southern-English accent. And he's from flipping Leeds!

A weird one I heard recently was Eva Green in casino Royale - As T mentioned, not hysterically posho, perhaps, but I couldn't help thinking all the time, yes, we know you're French... you're just showing off, aren't you? I think she's at the English again in her new film...

And Jason Statham sounds like he's putting on a bizarre accent even when he's using his normal voice. There's just something spectacularly ridiculous about anything he does - he does a brilliant bad American in Ghosts Of Mars, too...

Posted on 11 Dec 2009 12:30:09 GMT
pauk 182 says:
people have mentioned Keanu Reeves in Dracula, but i thought Winona Ryder's british accent was even worse... as was Natalie portman's in V for Vendetta.

Posted on 11 Dec 2009 17:18:45 GMT
G M says:
come on, you all love them, otherwise over a hundred of you would not have posted your 'favourites'. Quite often, they are the most memorable thing about some crap movies, thats gotta count for something...

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2009 18:20:44 GMT
O Hooligan says:
HaHa! G.Maguire - i thought it was only me that noticed Connery's stunning 'Irish'!!

Posted on 11 Dec 2009 18:49:25 GMT
spiderboris says:
Gerard Butler's already been mentioned, I think he was actually doing a bit of a Sean Connery impersonation in the 300...

Thish... ish... SHPARTA!!! Mish Moneypenny. Pash me shome more of that baby oil, my torsho ishn't enough of a sh*te for shore eyes...'

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2009 01:39:28 GMT
Landed at the White Cliffs of Dover and then travelled on to Nottingham via Hadrain's Wall in Northumberland!!! Despite stuff like that its a great film....have to say that Alan Rickman was the star for me.

Posted on 13 Dec 2009 02:00:11 GMT
Gotta go with Gerard Butler in 300 - For those of you who don't know your history, King Leonidis was actually Scottish - oh, and Robin Locksley was actually a yank (or perhaps the American accent originated on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest - who knows!) - Mary Elizabeth Masterentonios attempt at proper English was pretty feeble too!

Posted on 14 Dec 2009 16:40:42 GMT
jony_darko says:
Watched 'Defiance' last night on sky, my god there are way too many to mention, best bits are when Daniel Craig shouts and turns into Bond.

Posted on 17 Dec 2009 14:24:18 GMT
D. Robinson says:
Richard Gere in The Jackal: one of the world's worst actors in the world's worst remake.

What about Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair? It cracks me up every time I see the bit about him being from Glasgae. Another case of a character's origins having nothing to do with the story. Brosnan is Irish:what would've been wrong with his character coming from Dublin, or Cork?

Schwarzenegger is the master of never changing the voice he uses in films.

Posted on 17 Dec 2009 20:35:29 GMT
Bravian says:
Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds, couldnīt enjoy the movie
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