15 Movie Accents That Were So Bad People Couldn’t Finish The Movie

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Not all characters need to have an ACCENT!

Hollywood loves accents. Sometimes not even with a good reason. Accents can add personality to the character, but if done incorrectly they can be annoying and hamper the whole visual experience. Here are 15 movie accents so bad they still make me cringe to this day.

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Gabourey Sidibe, Tower robbery (2011)

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Originally, the director went for a Jamaican accent, but all we got was a really bad Caribbean/Irish accent.

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Steven Seagal, come out for justice (1991)

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Originally supposed to be an Italian accent, we ended up getting a half-Italian half-New Jersey accent. Even that fake accent was dropped repeatedly throughout the film.

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Cameron Diaz, New York Gangs (2002)

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What it was supposed to be was an Irish accent, but we ended up with a half-Irish, half-American accent that was nearly impossible to listen to.

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Laurence Olivier, The jazz singer (1980)

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Olivier played Neil Diamond’s Jewish father in the film. His German accent was so exaggerated that it was difficult to distinguish the dialogues.

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Sean Connery, mountaineer (1986)

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The Scottish actor’s Spanish accent in the film was very forced and drew heavy criticism from critics.

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Mickey Rooney, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of the Japanese landlord, Mr. Yunioshi, in the film has been widely criticized for its racist and offensive characterization of Japanese people.

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Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins (1964)

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In 2017, a Babbel poll ranked Van Dyke’s British accent in the film as “the worst British accent by an American in film history”.

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Anne Hathaway, One day (2011)

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Commenting on Hathaway’s Yorkshire accent in the film, HuffPost wrote: “I was so distracted wondering which version of the mother tongue she was going to try next – going from wartime BBC to real ‘Eeee by gum’ clangers – I actually forgot to cry , which was a shame, because it’s a capper of a tale, and Edinburgh and London are both lovely.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio, blood diamond (2006)

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In a Tweetercomedian Trevor Noah commenting on Leo’s accent said, “Tiffany is moving towards ethical sourcing of diamonds, but nothing will erase the horror of Leo DiCaprio’s accent in blood diamond‘”

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James Van Der Beck, college blues (1999)

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According to IMDb, the Texan accents of Van Der Beek and the rest of the cast were so bad that they won the “Worst Fake Accent” award at that year’s Stinkers Bad Movies Awards.

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Harrison Ford, K-19: The widowmaker (2002)

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In the film, Ford plays the role of a Soviet military officer. The officer’s uniform suits Ford rather well, the Russian accent less so.

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Angelina Jolie, alexander (2004)

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“Jolie’s depiction of Olympias as a cross between Morticia Adams and Medusa, eyes wide as snakes writhe around her,” the BBC said commenting on Jolie’s performance. Jolie and co-star Rosario Dawson’s accents were so out of place that, according to IMBd, they won a joint award for Worst Fake Female Accent at the 2004 Stinkers Bad Movies Awards.

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Jodie Foster, Elysium (2013)

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Critics are confused as to what accent Foster was going for in the film, but they agree it was awful. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote: “She has a naughty British accent but haughtily switches to French for addressing whispered words of affection to her husband and children.”

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Kevin Costner, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

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Costner’s English accent in the film was unpolished and intermittent throughout the film.

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Brad Pitt, What Belongs to the Devil (1997)

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Brad Pitt’s Irish accent in the film is very quirky and all over the place. But her pretty face was a good distraction.

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