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Baaaaad Accents

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Mike Swannick, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. Mike Swannick

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    Empire magazine did a top 10 of bad accents in films recently but I think they missed out a couple of corkers.

    Richard Gere's Irish accent in The Jackal....
    and the Irish accent of the police officer in Patriot Games who is trying to get Sean Bean to talk in the back of the prison van whilst transporting them some place.

    In fact the latter is so bad it makes me hurt.

    There must be more out there.............
     
  2. Mylo

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    Jason Statham in The Transporter, shocking accent.
     
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    Everyones in Gangs of New York:laugh:
     
  4. Mylo

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    How about Sean Connery. Not a bad accent, just the same bloody one for every roll he plays.:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: ;)
     
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    I always think americans do british accents terribly. Keano reeves in Dracula for a start not to mention any film requiring a cockney accent.
     
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    His accent made the film for me, hilarious :clap:
     
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    Bennett from Arnie's "Commando"

    The accent is of the highest order!

    Top quality!


    Adzman
     
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    Or to combine the two, Dick van Dyke in 'Mary Poppins'.

    Vice versa, Patrick Malahide's was fairly risible in 'The Long Kiss Goodnight'.
     
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    Liam Neeson & Harrison Ford in K-19: The Widowmaker
     
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    Jason Statham in The One - absolutely dreadful accent
    I think I see a pattern emerging here ;)
     
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    Definately the worst ever-no contest.

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    On the other hand, Bob Hoskins can do cockney and New York accents convincingly.

    :smashin: :smashin:
     
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    Empire put the D-v-D Mary Poppins English accent as no.2 in their Worst Accents chart if I recall right n proper guv'nor. I'll try and locate the whole chart.
     
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    1. Sean Connery, "The Untouchables" (1987)
    2. Dick Van Dyke, "Mary Poppins" (1964)
    3. Brad Pitt, "Seven Years In Tibet" (1997)
    4. Charlton Heston, "Touch of Evil" (1958)
    5. Heather Graham, "From Hell" (2001)
    6. Keanu Reeves, "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)
    7. Julia Roberts, "Mary Reilly" (1996)
    8. Laurence Olivier, "The Jazz Singer" (1980)
    9. Peter Postlewaite, "The Usual Suspects" (1995)
    10. Meryl Streep, "Out of Africa" (1985)
     
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    And didn’t he win an Oscar for the best supporting actor for that film???
    Anybody else think his accent has got more pronounced the older he has got.

    I though Dick Van Dyke, "Mary Poppins" was the worst in that list although I have not seen Mary Reilly or From Hell.
     
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    michael caine in the cider house rules
    Newt from Aliens (english or american? you decide!)
     
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    Natasha whats her name in Ronin as an Northern Irish terrorist...or Patsy Kensit in Lethal Weapon 2

    take your pic, both terrible!
     
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    That was the one I thought of first. I actually felt embarressed for him and then they ask him to do it again in Transporter. Good grief.:suicide:

    And just about any accent other than a "Landan accent mate"....Flippin eck that was pretty bad myself :D

    Can't remember the title it may have been "Behind enemy lines", but it was about snipers with Jude Law(?) anyway Bob Hoskins was playing a Russian who sounded like he also had lived all his life "Down sarf" Its harder to write it than say it :laugh:
     
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    enemy at the gate.

    asking caine to try a Maine accent was a bit silly in the first place, even people FROM Maine sound like they can't manage the accent.
     
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    Oceans Eleven.
    Basher the explosives guy (Don Cheadle) has the worst mockney accent ever.:smashin:
     
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    I didn't think Michael Caine was that bad in "Cider House Rules". If you want a really good laugh then try listening to his attempt at a South African accent as President FW De Klerk (opposite Sidney Poitier doing a quite plausible impersonation of Nelson Mandela).

    Possibly the finest film for bad accents all round is "The Evil Beneath Loch Ness" - where Inverness to be populated almost exclusively by people from California. (Accident or satire? :) )

    I'd also like to nominate Michael Keaton in "Much Ado About Nothing", Bianca Lawson's curious take on a Jamaican accent as Kendra (in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" season 2), and Juliet Landau as Drusilla (also in "Buffy").
     
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    All the none american actors in Black Hawk Down, especially Trainspottings Spud!
     
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    I think the majority of the buffy accents are stylised for a reason rather than badly performed.

    I saw The One at the weekend (why the hell does it get such a slagging off on here? It was tons better than matrix reloaded) and Jason Statham's accent most surely be the worst of all time! Utterly embarrasing, still he shags Kelly Brook and earns a packet so I doubt he feels too bad about it!:D
     
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    How about Judi Dench in "Shipping News" ?

    Mind you, it might be brilliant because I don't know what they sound like in Newfoundland, if it's a cross between English, Irish and American it was spot on.
     
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    I’m pretty bad at spotting accents up but that one really stood out as being extremely bad Nick.

    If you ever see the episode of The Man From UNCLE there is one called ‘The King of Diamonds’ what is suppose to be a London eating establishment and a woman breaks her tooth on a diamond. And comes out with ‘Mi tuff mi tuff. Err arr wats this, a blooming stone.’
     
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    It would have to be Sean Bean in, well, pretty much everything actually :rolleyes:

    His fantastic interpretation of a middle earth human from Sheffield in Lord Of The Rings was outrageous (every time he opened his mouth he was either from Sheffield OR Middle Earth....)

    The other equally outstanding performance as a slightly posh guy from Sheffield in Golden Eye was also rather amusing :rotfl:

    His only credits were he did quite a good job in the series Sharpe, and in Ronin, notice how neither of which require his accent to be anything other than Sheffield.
     
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    I've not seen 'Shipping News', but if the accent is as you say, then it is spot on!
     
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    Ewen McGregor in Black Hawk Down and Rogue Trader. I know Empire mentioned it, but Brad Pitt's accent in Seven years in Tibet ruined a very good film for me. David Thewliss, also playing an Austrian/German, blew him out of the water.

    I'm guessing that Judi Dench's accent was spot on in The Shipping News; she really is meticulous.
     
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    look out for rachel weisz's accent in the up-coming film confidence.

    Looks like a poor man's ocean's 11 to me. With the worst american accent i've ever heard. She starts off a sentence in her husky english accent with slight american nuances. Appauling
     
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    Talking of Russian accents Robbie Coltraine's embarrassing stab at a Russian accent the Bond movies (it actually got WORSE in The World is Not Enough - a truly awful Bond movie altogether.)

    I liked Spud in Trainspotting and the cameo in Snatch when
    Vinnie Jones had his tie caught in the electric window whille driving down the street :D
    His accent in Black Hawk Down was truly awful! Thank god he only had a few lines!

    Ewan McGregor doing an Alec Guinness British thespian accent
    in Star Wars 1 & 2 is quite cringe-worthy.

    Johnny Depp's accent in Sleepy Hollow was quite amusing.

    Any movie where Americans try to do an Irish / English / Russian / German accent.

    (Brad Pitt in Snatch being the only exception I can think of- "would ya loike ta buy a dag boss?!" :D)

    Owen
     
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    Earlier in this thread is quoted 'Pete Postlewaite' for his accent in 'Usual Suspects', which I think was also in empire magazine. There has always been something about that character which I can't work out.

    I never took much notice of his accent before, but after repeated viewing it's obvious he's trying to some sort of Indian / Pakistan accent (have they given him some make up to make his complection darker ?), but one of the characters refers to him as a 'Limey', which is slang for an English guy. My theory is that when the script was written the character was supposed to be a limey, therefore Pete was cast in the role, and at a later stage they changed the character to be Indian, but they didn't change the dialogue in the script to match. Why else would he refer to an indian guy as a limey.

    Make any sense, anyone agree, or am I talking crap ?
     

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