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(MovieReviewsUK)   The best and worst British accents in the movies. Dedicated to Anne Hathway's fine work in "One Day"   (moviereviews.co.uk) divider line 229
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2011-08-24 07:14:40 AM
Not British, but I think one of the worst attempts I ever heard at an accent was Pacino in Carlito's Way.

They couldn't find a good Puerto Rican actor in NYC?!
 
2011-08-24 07:17:24 AM
Costner was the worst. He just gave up part way through the movie. Thank god they had Alan Rickman for that film.
 
2011-08-24 07:32:34 AM

gopher321: Costner was the worst. He just gave up part way through the movie.


At least he had the sense to do that. The Reeves accent in Dracula was among the most god-awful attempts that I've heard outside community theater.
 
2011-08-24 07:34:48 AM
*finishes reading article*

WHAR SPINAL TAP? WHAR?!
 
2011-08-24 07:56:23 AM
this list FAILS without don cheadle's execrable accent in the "oceans" movies. it was so bad in the first one, i thought his character was going to come clean near the end and say, "actually, guys, i'm not english; i'm from detroit," to which the others would say, "no shiat!"

seriously, i've heard better english accents at the turkey-leg booth at the renaissance faire. and his had nothing to do with his character! it was merely an actorly affectation. a drama school exercise. and it was horrible. or 'orrible, if you prefer.
 
2011-08-24 07:58:47 AM
"One ping, Vasilly. One ping only."

Wait, cancel that...that was his Russian accent.
 
2011-08-24 08:01:00 AM

mr_a: Wait, cancel that...that was his Russian accent.


better yet - in the highlander, connery, a scot, plays a spaniard with a scottish brogue, and christopher lambert, a frenchman, plays... a scot with a french accent. yet somehow the film is awesome.
 
2011-08-24 08:01:44 AM

FlashHarry: and it was horrible. or 'orrible, if you prefer.


That reminded me of the end of Waiting for Guffman. Oh, wait. Don't want to piss anybody off who hasn't seen it. It's only been out for 15 years, after all.

*** SPOILER ALERT! ***

That reminded me of the end of Waiting for Guffman, where Corky is talking about auditioning for the Henry Higgins role in "My Fair Lady," and attempts to affect a Cockney accent by saying "'ello, 'ow are 'ou." That was especially funny coming from Christopher Guest, who's a goddamn Baron.
 
2011-08-24 09:01:22 AM
List needs more Forrest Whitaker in The Crying Game.
 
2011-08-24 09:26:58 AM

Brad_Will: That was especially funny coming from Christopher Guest, who's a goddamn Baron.


baron haden-guest, i believe. but i don't think he's ever traded on it.
 
2011-08-24 09:30:55 AM

FlashHarry: baron haden-guest, i believe. but i don't think he's ever traded on it.


5th Baron Haden-Guest, in fact. And AFAIK you're right on the second count as well.
 
2011-08-24 09:33:26 AM
Keanu's in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Winona's in every single movie she's used it in.

"Meeeeeuuuuuuuuusic?"

/lollercoasters.
 
2011-08-24 09:35:18 AM
Came here for the Connery in "Hunt for Red October" reference. All done.
 
2011-08-24 09:40:30 AM
I saw Hugh Laurie in some show where he had an accent. Absolute garbage.

That was a joke.
 
2011-08-24 09:44:53 AM
Let's not forget Keanu in Dangerous Liaisons: "Sublime, don't you find?"
 
2011-08-24 09:45:09 AM
What a hot british accent looks like:
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Yeah I know she is an Aussie. She still has a london accent
 
2011-08-24 09:45:33 AM

Sarcastica75: Keanu's in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Winona's in every single movie she's used it in.

"Meeeeeuuuuuuuuusic?"

/lollercoasters.


Byooooodapesht:

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2011-08-24 09:46:53 AM
Spinal Tap. Hands down. Not only are they totally flawless English accents, they're so nuanced (cultured cockney/estuary) even a British actor would struggle to nail it.

My personal worst: Mike Myers. It's not the worst Scottish accent out there, but it's basically f*cking awful yet he never seems to get called on it. And if we're doing Brits with terrible American accents, look no further than 'The Eagle'. Mark Strong as roman legionnaire deserter in Scotland with a 'fuggedaboudit' New York gangster brogue. Sh*t on a stick.
 
2011-08-24 09:47:47 AM
Dick van Dyke's was the worst, and I liked how in Robin Hood Costner gave up after three lines and played him sounding like an Oklahoma sodbuster.
 
2011-08-24 09:47:56 AM
While not technically British...I believe his character is Irish?

How about Richard Gere in The Jackal. There are some lines he lays it on thick and then the very next sentence he'll have no accent at all.
 
2011-08-24 09:52:01 AM

FlashHarry: this list FAILS without don cheadle's execrable accent in the "oceans" movies. it was so bad in the first one, i thought his character was going to come clean near the end and say, "actually, guys, i'm not english; i'm from detroit," to which the others would say, "no shiat!"

seriously, i've heard better english accents at the turkey-leg booth at the renaissance faire. and his had nothing to do with his character! it was merely an actorly affectation. a drama school exercise. and it was horrible. or 'orrible, if you prefer.


Up until this very moment I always thought he was playing an Aussie for some reson. Crikey!
 
2011-08-24 09:52:02 AM

Iron Chef Scottish: Spinal Tap. Hands down. Not only are they totally flawless English accents, they're so nuanced (cultured cockney/estuary) even a British actor would struggle to nail it.

My personal worst: Mike Myers. It's not the worst Scottish accent out there, but it's basically f*cking awful yet he never seems to get called on it. And if we're doing Brits with terrible American accents, look no further than 'The Eagle'. Mark Strong as roman legionnaire deserter in Scotland with a 'fuggedaboudit' New York gangster brogue. Sh*t on a stick.


Hard to rag on Myers when his performances are comedic. I feel like he's going for a hyperbolic accent for effect.
 
2011-08-24 09:52:52 AM
Mike Myers in Austin Powers was GREAT! MASTERFUL!
 
2011-08-24 09:53:36 AM
Hmmm.... I'm surprised Don Cheadle from the "Oceans" series is not on the list.
 
2011-08-24 09:53:57 AM
Not a film, but she gets honorable mention for having a British accent so terrible it almost undid 10 seasons of Stargate: SG-1 goodwill:

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2011-08-24 09:54:38 AM

Iron Chef Scottish: My personal worst: Mike Myers. It's not the worst Scottish accent out there, but it's basically f*cking awful yet he never seems to get called on it.


If it's not Scottish, it's crap!!!!
 
2011-08-24 09:56:24 AM

mase_face: Hmmm.... I'm surprised Don Cheadle from the "Oceans" series is not on the list.


I would have replaced Dick Van Dyke with Don Cheadle, honestly.
 
2011-08-24 09:56:28 AM
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2011-08-24 09:57:17 AM

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OOOOOOOOOoooooooohhhhhhhhh.
 
2011-08-24 09:57:54 AM

FlashHarry: mr_a: Wait, cancel that...that was his Russian accent.

better yet - in the highlander, connery, a scot, plays a spaniard with a scottish brogue, and christopher lambert, a frenchman, plays... a scot with a french accent. yet somehow the film is awesome.


Here, you forgot these: " " ~ Craig Ferguson
 
2011-08-24 09:58:03 AM

Jake Leg: Let's not forget Keanu in Dangerous Liaisons: "Sublime, don't you find?"


Watch him in Much Ado About Nothing.....if you can....

Truly... truly... awful.
 
2011-08-24 09:58:45 AM
Before we get too carried away with this, I'd just like to remind everyone of Clive Owens' hideously bad American accent in Sin City. I'm not sure why... but I'd like to.

/so there
 
2011-08-24 09:58:49 AM

1lastcall: FlashHarry: mr_a: Wait, cancel that...that was his Russian accent.

better yet - in the highlander, connery, a scot, plays a spaniard with a scottish brogue, and christopher lambert, a frenchman, plays... a scot with a french accent. yet somehow the film is awesome.

Here, you forgot these: " " ~ Craig Ferguson


Heh...I loved Craig's bit about that movie.
 
2011-08-24 09:59:31 AM
How about the opposite .. Brits who do technically good American accents often have no affect & are wooden.

Or they lose the accent when they are excited. Gary Oldman in the Batman films a good example of this.

Aussie actors however are spot on, often better than legit Americans that you'd never guess otherwise. Hugh Jackman, Nic Kidman, Julian McMahon, Eric Bana, Rachel Griffiths, etc.
 
2011-08-24 09:59:58 AM

Mr_Fabulous: Before we get too carried away with this, I'd just like to remind everyone of Clive Owens' hideously bad American accent in Sin City. I'm not sure why... but I'd like to.

/so there


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Idiot.

/who is he referring to?
//we may never know...
 
2011-08-24 10:01:19 AM

Mr_Fabulous: Before we get too carried away with this, I'd just like to remind everyone of Clive Owens' hideously bad American accent in Sin City. I'm not sure why... but I'd like to.

/so there


Yeah, that was distractingly bad
 
2011-08-24 10:02:46 AM
Wait, has anyone mentioned John Malkovitch's horrid turn as Dr. Jekyll in Mary Reilly? Where his "British" is indistinguishable from his "gay guy from Chicago"?

(And don't get me started on Julia Roberts' hilarious Irish accent in the title role.)
 
2011-08-24 10:04:30 AM
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If I had my
mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do
my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and
seek not to alter me. *whoa*
 
2011-08-24 10:05:11 AM

PizzaJedi81: Mr_Fabulous: Before we get too carried away with this, I'd just like to remind everyone of Clive Owens' hideously bad American accent in Sin City. I'm not sure why... but I'd like to.

/so there

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Idiot.

/who is he referring to?
//we may never know...


Hugh Laurie is so farking good at it, it's jarring when he drops the extremely rare "schedule" or other shibboleth.
 
2011-08-24 10:06:06 AM
Another candidate: Josh Hartnett, 'Blow Dry'. He probably escapes these lists on account of only 17 people ever having seen the movie.

Utter guff.
 
2011-08-24 10:07:56 AM

rocinante721: How about the opposite .. Brits who do technically good American accents often have no affect & are wooden.


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I was totally convinced by this guy in Still Standing, but then I realized I had watched him on "The Thin Blue Line".

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2011-08-24 10:08:11 AM
I am always amazed at how some actors can effortlessly produce an American accent. I saw that dude who plays Jason Stackhouse on TrueBlood give an interview the other day and I could barely make out a word he said.
 
2011-08-24 10:08:38 AM
Brad Dourif

On the LOTR DVDs, they talk about how he is a method actor and he arrived in New Zealand in character. Spoke in his British accent the entire time. When he finally broke out his natural American after months when the shooting was over, Peter Jackson thought he was faking being American.
 
2011-08-24 10:08:52 AM
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makes Mike Myer's Shrek sound authentic
 
2011-08-24 10:09:08 AM
marlon brando, mutiny on the bounty. completely awesome.
 
2011-08-24 10:10:08 AM

GameSprocket: rocinante721: How about the opposite .. Brits who do technically good American accents often have no affect & are wooden.

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I was totally convinced by this guy in Still Standing, but then I realized I had watched him on "The Thin Blue Line".

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Just be careful when you take him hunting, okay?

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2011-08-24 10:10:28 AM

Jake Leg: Let's not forget Keanu in Dangerous Liaisons: "Sublime, don't you find?"


Thank god someone else brought this up. His accent in Little Buddha was... well... hmmm...Link (new window)
 
2011-08-24 10:11:37 AM

Mr_Fabulous: Hugh Laurie is so farking good at it, it's jarring when he drops the extremely rare "schedule" or other shibboleth.


I had no clue! No clue at all who he was until I bought the first season of House out of the discount bin. Watch the whole first season in 5 days and started to watch the extras. Darn near dropped the baby the first time I heard his interview.

Ran out and bought all the seasons up to 5 and watched them all in record time. Of course being up all night feeding the baby helped speed up the viewing.

Need to throw out an Honorable Mention for Ozzy Osborne. Back when you could understand what he was saying!
 
2011-08-24 10:11:59 AM

FlashHarry: mr_a: Wait, cancel that...that was his Russian accent.

better yet - in the highlander, connery, a scot, plays a spaniard with a scottish brogue, and christopher lambert, a frenchman, plays... a scot with a french accent. yet somehow the film is awesome.


Didn't Lambert self-learn English to avoid a traditional accent? He doesn't sound French(and iirc he spent the bulk of his younger years in Switzerland)
 
2011-08-24 10:13:18 AM
Never mind English, how about a decent Irish accent for a change?
Brad Pitt in The Devils Own..shudder
 
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