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Initial post: 27 Aug 2009 22:39:16 BDT
jony_darko says:
Any examples of actors pitiful attempts to pull off an accent?

Bob Roskins Ruskie in Enemy at the Gates?
Costners American Robin Hood?

Posted on 28 Aug 2009 04:59:15 BDT
Keanu Reeves attempting an english accent in 'Dracula'.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2009 09:10:27 BDT
I like the way you mention Bob Hoskins in Enemy at the Gates and NOT Jude Law ahaha.

Posted on 28 Aug 2009 13:16:06 BDT
Billy Casper says:
Michael Caine's accent in 'The Cider House Rules'. He just can't do American (much like Hugh Laurie's pitiful attempt in 'House'). Made a crap film even worse, can't believe he got an Oscar for it. Not saying Michael Caine is underserving of an Oscar, but not for that film, and not for that performance.

Posted on 28 Aug 2009 13:38:36 BDT
victor says:
Sam has a point both of them were bad

Posted on 28 Aug 2009 17:58:57 BDT
raven_guest says:
Colin Farrell's Irish accent whilest playing Alexander!

Posted on 28 Aug 2009 18:07:20 BDT
jno says:
Would Alexander have sounded more authentic in a British accent, then? Nope. The man came from a far-flung area of ancient Greece, whose inhabitants were looked on as rustic peasants by the urban elite of cities like Athens... much as the British have traditionally looked on the Irish, in fact. So the use of an Irish accent was entirely deliberate, and apt.

Posted on 28 Aug 2009 18:24:30 BDT
KirstyH says:
Sean Astin in Lord of the Rings - he's obviously trying to do an English West Country-style accent but keeps lapsing into American. Totally destroys the moment time and time again, a real shame when the other American actors in the films such as Elijah Wood and Viggo Mortenson do their accents so well.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2009 18:45:07 BDT
jony_darko says:
There were too may too mention in Enemy at the Gates, including Ed Harris doing Americano German, but Hoskins was frikin terrible!

Posted on 29 Aug 2009 00:20:58 BDT
psn: tqfan says:
oooh, simon baker... you may know him as the mentalist, lol, but he did 'the guardian' before that, which five have been showing, and in that he is supposed to be american, but there's been a few times i've heard his australian accent come through. he's obviously perfected the american accent for the mentalist!

didn't notice colin farrell's irish accent in alexander, but tbh, i can't believe i'm admitting to having seen the film, as it was rubbish!

what's wrong with house?! he sounds good, lol!!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2009 04:59:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Aug 2009 05:00:39 BDT
Hi Billy,

You said:
"(much like Hugh Laurie's pitiful attempt in 'House')"

I can't agree with this. Hugh Laurie, accent and all, is brilliant in House. There are americans who can't tell that his accent is fake.

Posted on 29 Aug 2009 15:46:44 BDT
Ben Parker says:
Orson Welles irish in Lady from Shanghai (he does accents quite a bit, and they're usually painful)
Marlon Brando English in Burn! And any other accent film he did.
And recently Cate Blanchette's eastern-european in Indiana Jones.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2009 19:59:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Aug 2009 20:01:15 BDT
ks-cologne says:
Yep, although it's not an accent, but another language, I have to mention Tom Cruise's attempt to speak German as Oberst Claus von Stauffenberg in the beginning of "Valkyrie", before he "miraculously" continues with English. But to be fair, Tom Cruise did a much better job than many other players in the movie.
In my opinion, it would've been better, if all the "foreign" actors (from my German point of view ;-) ) - hadn't spoken German at all, although "Valkyrie" tells a story of German history.
But I found it a little annoying to listen to some English here and some poor German there, even though everybody plays a German character - so I would've liked one continuous language for the movie.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2009 01:16:58 BDT
"So the use of an Irish accent was entirely deliberate, and apt. "


The reason he kept his accent is simply the fact they don't want films where people are going to miss dialogue through somebody struggling through a heavy accent. Also its a lot easier to sell a film with a quick trailer where somebody can go that new film with the irish lad who likes to drink fight and shag looks good Whtas it about dont know but he has a bloody big sword!

Posted on 1 Sep 2009 16:51:30 BDT
victor says:
Kevin Costner in Robin Hood

Posted on 1 Sep 2009 19:04:15 BDT
Nicky says:
So many contenders...

I agree Michael Caine's accent in Cider House Rules, but others must include:

Michael J Fox's Irish accent in Back to the future 3
Sean Connery's many attempts at accents other than scottish
And the winner is...

Dick Van Dyke's classic cockney in Mary Poppins

Posted on 1 Sep 2009 19:43:05 BDT
harrison fords bad russian accent in k-19 the widowmaker

Posted on 2 Sep 2009 11:46:45 BDT
Anna Paquin (sp) in Steamboy. horrid

Posted on 2 Sep 2009 14:29:32 BDT
J. J. dennis says:
worst accent ever was done by josh hartnett in the low budget british flick about hairdressers 'blowdry' set in yorkshire. His accent does a full tour of the uk and ireland/australia occasionally coming home to american. Alan Rickman fares only slightly worse off. Has to be seen / heard to be believed.

Posted on 6 Sep 2009 04:44:47 BDT
Sarah Jane says:
Keanu Reeves' English accent in Dracula, and Dick van Dyke's cockney accent in Mary Poppins

Posted on 9 Sep 2009 17:02:46 BDT
CuchulainnX says:
Whilst I agree that Farrell's accent in 'Alexander' was deeply distracting, at least it was authentic. Unlike my own least favourite - Natascha McElhone's deeply, hideously comedic Northern Irish accent in 'Ronin'. Dawn French did it better when she was just messing about ...

Posted on 9 Sep 2009 17:24:07 BDT
I would have hoped farrels irish accent is authentic him being Irish and all LOL

i was going to say Brad Pitts Irish accent in devils own .... but it doesnt really ruin the film as it was already crap anyway!! ... lets say it doesnt help matters !!!!

Posted on 10 Sep 2009 12:46:01 BDT
Christopher Ecclestone's Scottish accent in GI Joe was by far the worst accent I've heard. Then there's his "You tossed the caber right out of the park" line. You can't see but I'm rolling my eyes now.

Sean Bean in Silent Hill. It wasn't his fault, his real accent is quite strong so it's very distracting him doing another accent. Why make him do the accent anyway. It's almost a waste of a great actor who's normal voice is great. Either way he did a great job in that movie.

Posted on 10 Sep 2009 13:16:37 BDT
I cannot believe that nobody has mentioned Leo Decaprio in blood diamond.....

Ruined the whole movie for me, I felt uncomfortable everytime he spoke.
Shame really as the film could of been quite good :)

Posted on 12 Sep 2009 07:56:04 BDT
D. Clark says:
Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins, Michael J Fox in Back to the Future 3 and Robin Williams in Mrs Doubtfire are all comedies so having comedy accents is appropriate. My all time favourite appalling accent is Don Cheadle's hilarious mockney in Ocean's 11. Worth mentioning as well is Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Diary. Her English accent was pretty good but nothing like her film parents and wrong for the character.
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