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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 12:29:28 PM

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.


He's Egyptian, not Spanish.
 
2011-08-24 12:30:33 PM

coco ebert: El Freak: Quiefenburger: 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.

Well, usually they can do a generic, Midwestern-sounding American accent pretty well, but other regional dialects really seem to trip most British or Aussie actors up. I've yet to see one that can do any type of Southern accent without sounding unintentionally hilarious. Though to be fair, most American actors can't do Southern accents all that well either. I've never seen True Blood, so maybe that guy's the exception.

I think he does a better southern accent than some of the American actors on that show. I don't think any get the Louisiana accent down pat, but Jason Stackhouse totally sounds like a southerner to me.

/grew up in the south.


Jason Stackhouse should sound like he's from Louisiana. Ryan Kwantan on the other hand.......
 
2011-08-24 12:34:49 PM
Not quite an American playing an Englishman but it's incredibly weird hearing David Tennant in his natural voice with a fairly heavy Scottish accent given how natural he seemed speaking an English accent in Dr Who.
 
2011-08-24 12:38:05 PM
Van Dyke was on Late Late w/ Ferguson the other night saying how bad his Cockney accent was. Very self-depreciating and nice guy apparently.
 
2011-08-24 12:42:20 PM

Lsherm: 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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She gets extra negative points for actually being English and having such bad English accent.
 
2011-08-24 12:45:33 PM

Tax Boy: 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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Sometimes even American actors have bad American accents


John Barrowman is from Scotland, spent his youth in Illinois. His American accent is fine.

I'm trying to remember who it was I saw on that Syfy show ... Warehouse 13? Eureka? Obviously British, doing a poor American accent. Overpronouncing the A's, OK, ya got that, but nothing else. It was someone I've seen on other shows, too, just with his natural British accent... Racking brain. C'mon, brain!
 
2011-08-24 12:47:25 PM

dryknife: Van Dyke was on Late Late w/ Ferguson the other night saying how bad his Cockney accent was. Very self-depreciating and nice guy apparently.



That's why the producers of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang just threw up their hands and had him play an Englishman with an unexplained American accent.
 
2011-08-24 12:59:54 PM
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the accent work by the brits on the wire was friggin' perfect.
 
2011-08-24 01:02:41 PM

stagirite: 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.

He's Egyptian, not Spanish.


common misconception.

He sounds like no other scottish person.

/Scottish, ya bas
 
2011-08-24 01:05:49 PM

abigsmurf: Not quite an American playing an Englishman but it's incredibly weird hearing David Tennant in his natural voice with a fairly heavy Scottish accent given how natural he seemed speaking an English accent in Dr Who.


When I saw "Tooth & Claw" for the first time, I thought he was faking the Scottish accent. I was stunned when I found out later he was actually Scottish and THAT was his natural accent.

/American, so take my 2 cents with a grain of salt.
//Refused to watch "Cold Mountain" because Nicole Kidman's Southern accent sounded so terrible. I couldn't even sit through the trailers.
 
2011-08-24 01:06:31 PM

Lsherm: 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:


Um, Amanda Tapping was born in Britain and grew up in Canada. The accent she had
in SANCTUARY was apparently one from the Maritimes (I think her grandmother was
from Nova Scotia), and is apparently fairly close to the accent she had before she became
an actress.
 
2011-08-24 01:07:14 PM

rocinante721: Or they lose the accent when they are excited. Gary Oldman in the Batman films a good example of this.


Reminds me of MIchael Hogan in . Tigh got all Canadian when excited. "What's this all aboot, Sterb'k?!


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.


Yvonne Strahovski's pretty good, too. Extend your statement to include New Zealand; Melanie Lynskey nails it.
 
2011-08-24 01:10:26 PM
I want to reach into the television and punch the guy who does the voice for Outback commercials. I want to rip him for his awful Australian accent but I'm worried that he'll turn out to be a real Aussie.
 
2011-08-24 01:12:12 PM

Robert1966: I want to reach into the television and punch the guy who does the voice for Outback commercials. I want to rip him for his awful Australian accent but I'm worried that he'll turn out to be a real Aussie.


i've always wondered why they just don't hire a friggin aussie to do it. there are plenty to choose from. maybe it's because they don't want to be associated with the pos restaurant?
 
2011-08-24 01:12:13 PM

GavinTheAlmighty: The best thing I can say about Orlando Bloom in that movie is that he died very early on so I didn't have to listen to him.


Orlando Bloom portrays PFC Blackburn. Blackburn some how missed the rope exiting the helo and fell 60 feet. Broken back, broken ribs collapsed lung, fractured skull, dislocated shoulder but (in IRL) Blackburn survived.
 
jlt
2011-08-24 01:12:36 PM

PizzaJedi81: Warning, timesink ahead!

The next link posted goes to TVTropes. DO NOT CLICK IF YOU WANT TO GET ANYTHING DONE TODAY.

Accent Tropes.


Now that was a cool link!
And, being from Michigan, i can say that I do not have an accent! ;)~
Kind of interesting that MI gets it's own heading. I always lumped the way we talk in with midwest accents.

I am the world's worst person for doing accents. I am beyond horrible.
 
2011-08-24 01:22:48 PM
While we're on this subject, why does seemingly every non-American character from every period movie/TV series ever seem to have a British accent?

I'm having trouble thinking of examples right now, but it seems that it's like the go-to accent for historical flicks that have nothing to do with Britain.

I find it rather confusing.
 
2011-08-24 01:25:04 PM
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2011-08-24 01:26:26 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: what, no Carrie Fishers on-again, off-again accent in star wars?


"The more you tighten your grip, Tahkin, the more stah systems will slip through your fingahs."
 
2011-08-24 01:34:06 PM

Robert1966: I want to reach into the television and punch the guy who does the voice for Outback commercials. I want to rip him for his awful Australian accent but I'm worried that he'll turn out to be a real Aussie.


You sound mentally stable.
 
rka
2011-08-24 01:38:02 PM
Damian Lewis' accent in Band of Brothers was shaky at times...as were most of the English guys playing Americans.

But nothing jars me more than when a Canadian, trying to play an American, drops a Canadian "aboot" in the middle of their dialogue. That's even worse than a bad accent from a Brit or Australian.
 
2011-08-24 01:40:35 PM

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: While we're on this subject, why does seemingly every non-American character from every period movie/TV series ever seem to have a British accent?

I'm having trouble thinking of examples right now, but it seems that it's like the go-to accent for historical flicks that have nothing to do with Britain.

I find it rather confusing.



For that matter, why do all English characters in period pieces (i.e., mid-1700s and earlier) speak in non-rhotic accents? Take The Tudors, for example. The English still pronounced Rs back then, but they are invariably played with received pronounciation (educated, modern, non-rhotic English accent).
 
2011-08-24 01:43:09 PM

RocketRay: I'd like a real Cockney to critique Summer Glau's take in the "Shindig" episode of Firefly.


I know a cockney that would love to critique Summer Glau's take, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
 
2011-08-24 01:44:12 PM

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: While we're on this subject, why does seemingly every non-American character from every period movie/TV series ever seem to have a British accent?

I'm having trouble thinking of examples right now, but it seems that it's like the go-to accent for historical flicks that have nothing to do with Britain.

I find it rather confusing.


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A good example is this movie. It's about Soviet sniper Vasilli Szietsev but since most of the actors are Brits playing as Russians ALL the Russians have British accents including American actor Ron Pearlman. Ed Harris playing as the German sniper attempts no accent at all.

Oh, and Sean Connery's character in "Highlander" is NOT Spanish he was born in Egypt. So ancient Egyptians had Scottish accents. Is his accent somehow worse than Lambert's ?
 
2011-08-24 01:44:28 PM

rka: Damian Lewis' accent in Band of Brothers was shaky at times...as were most of the English guys playing Americans.

But nothing jars me more than when a Canadian, trying to play an American, drops a Canadian "aboot" in the middle of their dialogue. That's even worse than a bad accent from a Brit or Australian.


Doesn't see the problem.
www.scifiscoop.com
 
2011-08-24 01:47:28 PM
Joel Kinnaman in The Killing (tv show). He's Swedish. And while he talked weird-ish in the show, I would not guess he's a Swede. (I read a review that described his as seeming to have learned everything about American culture from the first two Kottonmouth Kings albums, which was hilarious.)

I'd put him on the list of well-done accents.
 
2011-08-24 01:59:13 PM

stagirite: He's Egyptian, not Spanish.


Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez. yep, that's egyptian alright!
 
2011-08-24 02:16:30 PM

Brad_Will: 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.



Before the House of Lords reforms that tossed out him and virtually all of the hereditary peers, he was a rather active vice in Parliament.

Charles Shaughnessy is also a baron, although he inheritted it after the reforms, so never took part in Parliament.
 
2011-08-24 02:19:32 PM

HopScotchNSoda: Brad_Will: 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.


Before the House of Lords reforms that tossed out him and virtually all of the hereditary peers, he was a rather active vice voice in Parliament.

Charles Shaughnessy is also a baron, although he inheritted it after the reforms, so never took part in Parliament.


FIFM
 
2011-08-24 02:43:39 PM

Supercampion: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 316x400]

We are getting away from what matters here. Come on!


Yes, her accent has some quite lovely tits.
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You'd almost swear she's a native.
 
2011-08-24 02:50:20 PM

Robert1966: I want to reach into the television and punch the guy who does the voice for Outback commercials. I want to rip him for his awful Australian accent but I'm worried that he'll turn out to be a real Aussie.


I know what you mean.

/+1 internets
 
2011-08-24 02:50:42 PM

Brad_Will: 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.


"Cawfax Ahbbae" - always what I think of when I hear Keanu, Accent and Dracula.
 
2011-08-24 02:53:14 PM

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


Perhaps because Ferguson knew that Lambert was Belgian.
 
2011-08-24 02:54:23 PM

PizzaJedi81: Warning, timesink ahead!

The next link posted goes to TVTropes. DO NOT CLICK IF YOU WANT TO GET ANYTHING DONE TODAY.

Accent Tropes.


Yup, huge timewaster. I blame you for my lack of productivity.

Mostly good observations.....until they gave props to Kyra Sedgwicks' southern accent in The Closer.

No....just no. Her accent is awful. It is so bad and so off the mark that the only reason I'd watch that show is if I want my ears to bleed. I'll admit that there are plenty of people in Georgia who sound like they're talking with a mouth of tobacco-covered marbles and there are still plenty of little old ladies who speak proper Southern, but people from Atlanta generally do not have a stereotypical Dixie accent. It's just all kinds of wrong.

/grew up in south Georgia
//accent gets thicker when mama calls
 
2011-08-24 02:55:34 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Um, Amanda Tapping was born in Britain and grew up in Canada. The accent she had
in SANCTUARY was apparently one from the Maritimes (I think her grandmother was
from Nova Scotia), and is apparently fairly close to the accent she had before she became
an actress.


Doesn't farking matter, in the show she's supposed to be from 19th century London, and she sure doesn't sound like it. If they wanted her to sound like a seafarking Canadian, they should have had her character come from there.
 
2011-08-24 03:04:50 PM
Tax Boy:
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

upload.wikimedia.org

Sometimes even American actors have bad American accents


Psst. John Barrowman is actually Scottish.

The American accent he does was originally to stop him getting teased on at school when his family moved to the US for a job and it was adopted for his work on the stage.
 
2011-08-24 03:44:59 PM
Tom Cruise in "Far and Away"

Your turn.
 
2011-08-24 03:45:40 PM

HopScotchNSoda: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: While we're on this subject, why does seemingly every non-American character from every period movie/TV series ever seem to have a British accent?

I'm having trouble thinking of examples right now, but it seems that it's like the go-to accent for historical flicks that have nothing to do with Britain.

I find it rather confusing.


For that matter, why do all English characters in period pieces (i.e., mid-1700s and earlier) speak in non-rhotic accents? Take The Tudors, for example. The English still pronounced Rs back then, but they are invariably played with received pronounciation (educated, modern, non-rhotic English accent).


Yep. Glad there's another history nerd here. Also, I cut Costner slack for Prince of Thieves because in 12th Century England, a nobleman likely would have spoken French (well, Norman, anyway), not English. You know, that whole "William of Normandy" thing that happened in 1066 'n' all. So yeah, not at all bothered by his lack of English accent, since he should have actually been speaking an entirely different language.

/the founder of my maternal line was at the Battle of Hastings
//His descendent was the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1595
//His next descendent was this guy (new window)
 
2011-08-24 03:49:17 PM

zz9: StrikitRich: [content9.flixster.com image 350x280]
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In the end, John Hillerman pwns your fake accents.

I see your (excellent) Higgins and raise you a Spike.

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I see your Higgins and Spike and raise you a Martin Crane:

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John Mahoney: born in Blackpool, raised in Manchester.
 
2011-08-24 03:56:16 PM

Mike Chewbacca: I cut Costner slack for Prince of Thieves because in 12th Century England, a nobleman likely would have spoken French (well, Norman, anyway), not English. You know, that whole "William of Normandy" thing that happened in 1066 'n' all. So yeah, not at all bothered by his lack of English accent, since he should have actually been speaking an entirely different language.


This guy couldn't read "Norman scribbles" either:
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/RIP Sarah Jane
 
2011-08-24 03:58:17 PM

Lord_Dubu: "Cawfax Ahbbae" - always what I think of when I hear Keanu, Accent and Dracula.


The one I always think of is "boxes of uuuuuuuuhth."
 
2011-08-24 03:59:17 PM
After all of these years, Kim Catrall still hasn't develop a decent American accent.
 
2011-08-24 04:02:06 PM

One Bad Apple: Orlando Bloom portrays PFC Blackburn. Blackburn some how missed the rope exiting the helo and fell 60 feet. Broken back, broken ribs collapsed lung, fractured skull, dislocated shoulder but (in IRL) Blackburn survived.


He was as good as dead in the movie and that's all that mattered to me.

There are people who can pull off the accents. But most of the time, it's just jarring and detracts from my immersion in a movie.
 
2011-08-24 04:06:30 PM

HopScotchNSoda: After all of these years, Kim Catrall still hasn't develop a decent American accent.


She only lived in England for about five years.

Her English accent in The Ghost Writer was frigging terrible
 
2011-08-24 04:07:52 PM
420_Yo Quote 2011-08-24 11:52:25 AM
Canadians do the worst American accents, hands down!


Versus Americans, who stick "eh" on the end of every sentence, followed by "you hoser".

It's easy to speak American for me. Rock is rack. Roof is ruff. Not so hard.
 
2011-08-24 04:09:36 PM

FlashHarry: stagirite: He's Egyptian, not Spanish.

Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez. yep, that's egyptian alright!


He says it himself. Go watch the movie again. I'll wait.
 
2011-08-24 04:09:56 PM

GavinTheAlmighty: HopScotchNSoda: After all of these years, Kim Catrall still hasn't develop a decent American accent.

She only lived in England for about five years.

Her English accent in The Ghost Writer was frigging terrible


Her American ones just sound ass-weird.
 
2011-08-24 04:10:46 PM

stagirite: He says it himself. Go watch the movie again. I'll wait.


Any excuse to rewatch the best, and ONLY Highlander movie ever is okay by me!
 
2011-08-24 04:11:50 PM

stagirite: FlashHarry: stagirite: He's Egyptian, not Spanish.

Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez. yep, that's egyptian alright!

He says it himself. Go watch the movie again. I'll wait.


Oh, and just confirming you're right:

Ramírez, whose true name is Tak Ne, was born in Egypt in 896 BC.
 
2011-08-24 04:32:53 PM

GavinTheAlmighty:

He was as good as dead in the movie and that's all that mattered to me.

There are people who can pull off the accents. But most of the time, it's just jarring and detracts from my immersion in a movie.


Bloom wasn't supposed to talk much (and he didn't) He was supposed to be a 19 year old noob Ranger that looked 15 years old. He was a prop. I say he did ok.
 
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