It doesn’t matter how famous a Hollywood actor you are, if the accent ain’t right, it’s just plain obvious. Our guest writer Sabrina Dougall from London shares her top 10 worst accent imitations in cinema:
1. Dick van Dyke (Bert/Mr. Dawes Senior) – Mary Poppins
2. Meryl Streep (Lindy Chamberlain) – A Cry in the Dark
Convincing emotional drama? Yes. Convincing Australian accent? Definitely not.
3. Brad Pitt (Heinrich Harrer) – 7 Years in Tibet
‘Nuff said. Did Brad really expect to get away with this one?
4. Sean Connery (Jimmy Malone) – The Untouchables
That supposedly Irish-American accent done by a Scotsman was never going to pan out well… No cigar, Connery.
5. Josh Hartnett (Brian Allen) – Blow Dry
Offensive to the ear – that California accent was painfully evident in Paddy Breathnach’s frisseur romcom.
6. Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala/Padmé) – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
7. Paris Themmen (Mike TeeVee) – the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Begins well as a bratty kid from Arizona, but admits that he was messed up by hanging out with the other British actors. “Am I coming in clear?” was the unfortunate and ironically memorable line.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio (Danny Archer) – Blood Diamond
You tried, you failed. Better luck next time.
9. Hugh Jackman (Logan/Wolverine) – X-Men
Supposed to be a Canadian accent. Did you get that? Neither did we. Born in Sydney of English parentage, the H-man didn’t really stand much of a chance.
10. Jude Law (Inman) – Cold Mountain
The British babe falls just short of the mark with his less-than-convincing Southern accent. Down-Under co-star Kidman (Ada Monroe) also fails to deliver a credible US accent, creating lingual chaos in this Civil War romance.