Accents can be difficult for even the best performers to master, and some really hilarious accents have ruined big movies. Given the immersive experience of the movie, the bad tone can pull fans out of the story with jarring dialogue that just doesn’t seem to fit with what’s going on around the character. If everyone in the cast uses a different accent, eg Hunt for Red October This phenomenon is not noticeable, but becomes difficult to ignore when the offender’s delivery is distracting. Even the biggest stars in Hollywood are able to call it a no-nonsense accent to their peers.
Some actors, like Daniel Day-Lewis or Meryl Streep, are known for mastering accents from all over the world, and Hugh Laurie and Christian Bale are known for their ability to slip into American accents so effortlessly that fans wouldn’t believe them. Re English, but that reputation comes with time and dedication. Even with a combination of efforts, some actors will never reach the point of mastering an accent, while others will envision accents with metaphors and stereotypes to the point where their character becomes a caricature. It doesn’t matter if it’s a supporting role or a lead role, a terrible accent can bring down an entire production.
11 Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Lords of Thieves
All-American Kevin Costner kicked off the classic ’90s show Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with an English accent, but after a third of the way through his retelling of the English legend, he stops altogether. It would have been better if he had never attempted an English accent at all, especially since, historically, Robin Hood wouldn’t have sounded the way a modern British accent does anyway. As a result of his deranged approach, his performance is jarring and out of sync with the rest of the cast, including Morgan Freeman and Alan Rickman doing some scene-stealing.
10 Mickey Rooney at Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Based on the popular book of the same name, Breakfast at Tiffany’s Follows the socialite partying young New Yorkers and features the star-making role of Hollywood’s sweetheart Audrey Hepburn as she plays a lecherous Wasp. Truman Capote’s novel features Mr. Yunichi, but seeing comedian Mickey Rooney portray the character in all sorts of terrible stereotypes (including vulgar English) is an insult to the source material as well as to Japanese Americans. His appearance in the double Oscar-winning film almost makes it unwatchable by today’s standards.
9 Keanu Reeves in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
From Nicolas Cage to Bela Lugosi playing Dracula, many of Hollywood’s biggest stars have embodied the Prince of Darkness, including Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This fan-favorite portrayal of Stoker’s horror novel is almost undone by a young Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker and Count Dracula’s lawyer, shares many scenes with Oldman, and speaks with a fusion of Southern California and Cockney accents, the inconsistency has smeared otherwise. Well built movie. Director Francis Ford Coppola once claimed that Reeves “wanted to do it perfectly, and in trying to do it perfectly, he seemed pretentious” (via Entertainment Weekly).
8 Marlon Brando in Teahouse Of The August Moon
Marlon Brando is widely considered one of if not the all-time greatest actors of his generation, but his performance as Sacchini Teahouse of the August Moon It is not included in his long list of accomplishments for the fact that he displays so many derogatory Asian stereotypes. With his eyelids taped to his back and his English shimmering, he is the interpreter of an unabashed pro-colonial American soldier and advocate for “The Honored Conquerors” and the “The benevolent assimilation of democracy by Okinawa.”
7 Daniel Craig in Tomb Raider
Alex West, the appropriately named American archaeologist and love interest of Lara Croft Tomb rider, He was played by none other than Daniel Craig, several years before he was known as James Bond. He does his best with an indistinguishable American accent, mostly focusing on unexpected syllables as well as nasal tones, proving even more distracting than American actress Angelina Jolie gives him her British accent. The accent also distracts from any chemistry the two are supposed to have, which is unfortunate considering two actors known for their looks as well as their acting talent.
6 Cameron Diaz in Gangs of New York
Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York It features a sprawling cast including Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz playing a pair of Irish immigrants. DiCaprio gives the best American cast as a young man who infiltrates the ranks of the street gang run by Bill the Butcher played by Day-Lewis, but Diaz, as the pickpocket, can’t seem to decide if she’s Irish, English or American. Thanks to the extreme inconsistency of her tone, Diaz’s performance is a dismal performance in an otherwise perfect film.
5 Richard Gere in The Jackal
In the 90’s thriller JackalRichard Gere plays Declan, an Irish Republican Army terrorist who teams up with a Russian agent to track down the titular character Bruce Willis, a dangerous hitman trying to take down the Deputy Director of the FBI. Not only is the plot convoluted, but Gere’s Irish accent sounds like it belongs to a brand of cereal rather than a real person. This was at a time when Gere was taking on spunky roles trying to shed his reputation as a polished marquee idol, and sadly, Jackal It came out the same year that Brad Pitt adopted a haughty Belfast accent as a member of the IRA Devil King.
4 Julia Roberts in Michael Collins
In a film packed with Irish talent including Liam Neeson as the IRA hero, Brendan Gleeson and Stephen Rea, Michael Collins Julia Roberts also appears as Kitty Kiernan as Collins’ love interest. Roberts appears to speak with a very different accent than the rest of the cast in the historical biopic, and an accent that does not reflect Kiernan’s real birthplace in County Longford. Her star status helped get the movie off the ground, but she made it through despite her terrible accent.
3 Nicolas Cage at Con Air
Nicolas Cage is known as a versatile and intense actor who isn’t afraid to explore characters through body language and vocal effect, but for some reason, has a Southern accent in his Con Air dodges it. As an army ranger who returns home from prison for accidentally killing a man in a bar fight, he has the decency of a US Army soldier, but his accent isn’t quite as grounded. This is surprising, because he did such a disguise in Arizona hike.
2 Jean-Claude Van Damme in Street Fighter
Street Fighter It’s not considered a blockbuster movie, but it has earned a place as a classic for video game fans and features a knockout performance by Raul Julia as General Bison. He is confronted by Colonel Gale, played by martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme, who tries to approximate an American accent but struggles to maintain it without his French accent fading throughout. If it weren’t for the American flag tattooed on his biceps, viewers wouldn’t be able to tell where Van Damme’s protagonist came from.
1 Tom Cruise far and away
The movie that made Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman a power couple in Hollywood, far away It also features Cruise’s really bad Irish accent. The movie can’t ignore Cruise’s leprosy speech pattern, which stands out against all the Irish performers around it, and proves that even an actor known for delivering 110% in all his roles can sometimes miss the mark. While his tone is evasive, there’s no questioning Cruise’s famous enthusiasm displayed throughout the overall romance.
Source: Entertainment Weekly