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(Channel 4)   David Tennant's American accent in Gracepoint = bad. Don Cheadle's British accent in Ocean's Eleven = so much worse   (channel4.com) divider line 122
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2014-05-14 11:44:53 AM  
Tom Cruise's Irish accent in Far and Away = comical
Tommy Lee Jones' Irish accent in Blown Away = offensive
Richard Gere's Irish accent in The Jackal = criminal
 
2014-05-14 11:51:50 AM  
Cheadle is in Barney.
 
2014-05-14 11:59:37 AM  

haemaker: Cheadle is in Barney.


He's nozzed up the main couplet. Nozzed it right up!
 
2014-05-14 12:26:04 PM  
Nothing worse than Keanu Reeves in Dracula.
Nothing.
 
2014-05-14 12:59:07 PM  

strangeguitar: Nothing worse than Keanu Reeves in Dracula.
Nothing.


Costner in Robin Hood is close though.
 
2014-05-14 01:06:17 PM  
My go to for bad American accents will always be Sarah Caulfield from season (series, whatever) 8 of Spooks

Behold
 
2014-05-14 01:07:54 PM  
Uh oh. Someone's in Barney.

/Barney Rubble?

//Trouble!
 
2014-05-14 01:14:42 PM  

neritz: strangeguitar: Nothing worse than Keanu Reeves in Dracula.
Nothing.

Costner in Robin Hood is close though.


fark me, he cleared it!

/hate that movie for that line alone... so bad it ruined the rest.
 
2014-05-14 01:15:15 PM  
Anyone in the first X-Men.

Also, anyone who calls themselves a tv critic. You'll never not sound like a douchebag.
 
2014-05-14 01:16:47 PM  

Snapper Carr: My go to for bad American accents will always be Sarah Caulfield from season (series, whatever) 8 of Spooks

Behold


Good God, that was awful.  Tennant's isn't great, but this one makes it impossible to watch.
 
2014-05-14 01:17:13 PM  

neritz: strangeguitar: Nothing worse than Keanu Reeves in Dracula.
Nothing.

Costner in Robin Hood is close though.


Wait, he used an accent?
 
2014-05-14 01:18:25 PM  
On the other hand I had no clue Rachel Griffiths was Australian
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi-rvruy70M
 
2014-05-14 01:21:18 PM  
And Meryl Streep does a good Norn Iron accent in Dancing At Lughnasa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7Crz4124e8
 
2014-05-14 01:25:24 PM  

strangeguitar: Nothing worse than Keanu Reeves in Dracula.
Nothing.


You misspelled "Dick Van Dyke" and "Mary Poppins".

/fortunately, the director of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" knew better than to let him try that again
 
2014-05-14 01:29:50 PM  
Sean Connery doesn't do accents. Sean Connery does Sean Connery.
 
2014-05-14 01:32:11 PM  
Costner had to be the worst in Robin Hood. My god, that speech on the tree trunk, and the ending line. *shivers*

Of course, Gerard Butler had a terrible Spartan accent.
 
2014-05-14 01:34:11 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Sean Connery doesn't do accents. Sean Connery does Sean Connery.


"Shome thingh heah don't react well to bulletsh." = perfect Russian accent, and all who say otherwise are lying liars who lie.

/I may be lying.
 
2014-05-14 01:35:46 PM  

rzrwiresunrise: Costner had to be the worst in Robin Hood. My god, that speech on the tree trunk, and the ending line. *shivers*

Of course, Gerard Butler had a terrible Spartan accent.


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2014-05-14 01:35:54 PM  

Snapper Carr: My go to for bad American accents will always be Sarah Caulfield from season (series, whatever) 8 of Spooks

Behold



Mine is Nicola Bryant as companion Peri Brown on Doctor Who. For that matter, any of the American accents on that show when not uttered by American-reared actors like John Barrowman and Stuart Milligan (Richard Nixon). The two Nixon episodes were replete with awful American accents. The black guys (the Secret Service agent and the NYC wino) were laughably bad, and the Sheppards were not much better as old & young Canton. Even little Sydney Wade's was more passable than theirs.

Jason O'Mara's accent was OK (not super, but OK) for the original pilot for the American abortion-remake of Life on Mars. I mean he sounded reasonably like a Caucasian from L.A. When they moved the show to NYC, though, he wasn't the least bit convincing. His version of Sam Tyler was supposed to have been a life-long lower class New Yorker, but came across as exactly what O'Mara was: an Irishman trying to sound vaguely middle-American, and failing at it.

Yvonne Strahovsky is remarkably good - especially for someone who developed the accent back in her home country and without an intensive coaching programme like the one provided to Hugh Laurie.

Jamie Bamber took a little guff for his American (or would it more accurately be Caprican?) accent on Battlestar Galactica, but he sounded vastly more American than his Canadian co-star Michael Hogan did.
 
2014-05-14 01:36:20 PM  
They nail Keanu for Dracula, but leave out his completely inconsistent southern in "The Devils Advocate"?  That was terrible.  One second he's from rural Florida, the next he's from SoCal, the next he's somewhere in Texas, and the rest of the time he's a random midwesterner.

I'm a fan of his, and I even enjoyed that movie (more than I should).  But his accent moves from "bad attempt" to "dumpster fire of used diapers" territory by the midpoint of the movie.
 
2014-05-14 01:36:52 PM  

Flappyhead: neritz: strangeguitar: Nothing worse than Keanu Reeves in Dracula.
Nothing.

Costner in Robin Hood is close though.

Wait, he used an accent?


He used it when he was pissed at the director.  It goes in and out throughout the movie.
 
2014-05-14 01:40:28 PM  

puckrock2000: strangeguitar: Nothing worse than Keanu Reeves in Dracula.
Nothing.

You misspelled "Dick Van Dyke" and "Mary Poppins".

/fortunately, the director of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" knew better than to let him try that again


When I grew up I was astonished to learn Ian Fleming (James Bond books) wrote "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - his only children's book.
 
2014-05-14 01:44:43 PM  
Don Cheadle was supposed to be British in that movie? I thought he was attempting some oddball urban Australian accent.
 
2014-05-14 01:44:48 PM  
Drew Barrymore's British accent in "Ever After." Sooooo bad.
 
2014-05-14 01:50:25 PM  
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Pretty sure the bbc didn't hire Peri for her excellent american accent
 
2014-05-14 01:52:29 PM  
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"A war-wulf?"

/Warewilf?
 
2014-05-14 01:53:29 PM  

pinchpoint: Don Cheadle was supposed to be British in that movie? I thought he was attempting some oddball urban Australian accent.


I have to give Cheadle somewhat of a pass because of the self-aware joke he made about it in Ocean's 12, when they were coaching Julia Roberts.
 
2014-05-14 01:53:45 PM  

neritz: strangeguitar: Nothing worse than Keanu Reeves in Dracula.
Nothing.

Costner in Robin Hood is close though.


This; goes from a faux English to American in the middle of the movie.  WTF?

Wellon Dowd: Sean Connery doesn't do accents. Sean Connery does Sean Connery.


Heheheh, that.
 
2014-05-14 01:55:28 PM  
At the risk of seeming like a xenophobe, why in the world are we continuing to do the 'introduced crops' thing with accents? Why don't they simply hire people who live in the UK to do UK accents and people who live in North America to do North American accents? The talent pool can't possibly be that tiny.

YMMV, etc etc

/Wait, Nicola Bryant had an American accent?...??
 
2014-05-14 01:57:25 PM  
Mark Wahlberg's Boston accent in Departed.

/you are from Boston and you sound worse than everyone else in the f*cking movie!!
 
2014-05-14 01:57:32 PM  

Bindyree: At the risk of seeming like a xenophobe, why in the world are we continuing to do the 'introduced crops' thing with accents? Why don't they simply hire people who live in the UK to do UK accents and people who live in North America to do North American accents? The talent pool can't possibly be that tiny.

YMMV, etc etc

/Wait, Nicola Bryant had an American accent?...??


Yeah she did, if you catch the Anniversary specials around the time of Colin Baker's run, you'll clearly hear her english accent.

Gotta admit, she fooled me.
 
2014-05-14 02:01:44 PM  

Moroning: Mark Wahlberg's Boston accent in Departed.

/you are from Boston and you sound worse than everyone else in the f*cking movie!!


You sound like a lace-curtain pussy!
 
2014-05-14 02:11:09 PM  
Only one man can make Costners Robin Hood redeemable:

i.chzbgr.com

/"Why a spoon cousin?"
 
2014-05-14 02:20:46 PM  
Not to mention every video game ever featuring US-wtf-sort-of-English (huh?) voice "talent". Dear God, how can there be such consistent tin ear-ness?
 
2014-05-14 02:23:41 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Tom Cruise's Irish accent in Far and Away = comical
Tommy Lee Jones' Irish accent in Blown Away = offensive
Richard Gere's Irish accent in The Jackal = criminal


I have no idea why they didn't just make him an Irish-American IRA sympathizer.
 
2014-05-14 02:24:21 PM  

ScreamingLemur46: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 618x460]
"A war-wulf?"

/Warewilf?


Time out, movie! Everyone go up a shirt size!

In any case, Brits seem to do okay with southern accents- Andrew Lincoln doesn't do too badly in "The Walking Dead".
 
2014-05-14 02:31:52 PM  

BKITU: Wellon Dowd: Sean Connery doesn't do accents. Sean Connery does Sean Connery.

"Shome thingh heah don't react well to bulletsh." = perfect Russian accent, and all who say otherwise are lying liars who lie.

/I may be lying.


Well, his character was Lithuanian, so it's actually a perfect Scotsman-speaking-Russian-with-a-Lithuanian-accent accent.

/said accent twice
//like accents
 
2014-05-14 02:34:38 PM  
Add Norman Reedus's horrible Georgia boy accent. I've never heard anyone in any part of Georgia talk like he does and I live here.

It's right up there with Caroll O'Connor's horrible Southern accent in The Heat of the Night

/Y'all get off my pasture
 
2014-05-14 02:35:27 PM  
Blackhawk Downis a gallery of British actors not quite pulling off American accents.  Ewan MacGregor alone sounds like he's from another planet.

Used to be Brits and Aussies would attempt Southern or gutteral Bronx accents to get by.
 
2014-05-14 02:38:19 PM  
I'm pretty deaf when it comes to accents, but when I heard Marina Sirtis trying to do an American accent (Southern-ish I think?) in Annihilation Earth, I just about spilt my bong water.
 
2014-05-14 02:41:44 PM  
Michael Fassbender's accent in X-Men: First Class.  The husband from Medium; I didn't realize it was supposed to be an American accent.
 
2014-05-14 02:44:47 PM  

StrikitRich: Used to be Brits and Aussies would attempt Southern or gutteral Bronx accents to get by.


Oh, god, you just made me remember the Guidalek from "Daleks Take Manhattan". I had effectively blocked that out.
 
2014-05-14 02:56:57 PM  
Lea Thompson butchering an Irish accent in BttF III. *shudder*
 
2014-05-14 02:58:23 PM  

ArkAngel


haemaker: Cheadle is in Barney.

He's nozzed up the main couplet. Nozzed it right up!


That's "naused", actually.
 
2014-05-14 03:08:05 PM  
Everyone in Gladiator ( Italians/Spaniards/African and Germanic) sounded British
 
2014-05-14 03:21:48 PM  
Bill Hader's Québécois accent in Turbo.
 
2014-05-14 03:22:48 PM  

dajoro: Michael Fassbender's accent in X-Men: First Class.


I can't be angry about this one because I was too much in awe over how his is accent changed from scene to scene.

"Oh, that's a good German accent. Wait, he's English now. Hold on, Irish? Did Erik ever go to Ireland? This accent must have a ton of frequent flier miles with the way it's traveling."

And my vote for one of the most, "Yeah, that's not a good accent" goes to Alex O'Laughlin. He can only put on one fake American accent and that is Generic New Yorker. So, no matter where else his character is from, that's the accent he does. A detective from L.A.? New York accent. Detective from Hawaii? New York accent. His character could come from the backwoods of Mississippi and sure enough, he will sound like a Generic New Yorker.
 
2014-05-14 03:28:04 PM  

pinchpoint: Don Cheadle was supposed to be British in that movie? I thought he was attempting some oddball urban Australian accent.


Me too. Just rewatched it this past Sunday.
 
2014-05-14 03:28:19 PM  
 
2014-05-14 03:33:01 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: Everyone in Gladiator ( Italians/Spaniards/African and Germanic) sounded British


Not sure if serious.

Pre-English period pieces are almost always done in modern Received Pronounciation (a/k/a BBC English), as are all that are set in pre-20th century England. Most of England didn't go non-rhotic (didn't drop their 'R's) until a couple of centuries ago, but you wouldn't think that from their historical films/shows.

English-accented Roman stories are referred to as being in 'Britaly'.
 
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