Clockwise from top correct: Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Gerard Butler and Julia Roberts
The Irish accent is consistently voted one of the most bright within the enviornment, yet even one of the most enviornment’s most attention-grabbing actors occupy anguish with it. Leonardo DiCaprio tried, as did Julia Roberts (twice), and dare we even mention Brad Pitt?
As today (17 March) marks St Patrick’s Day and pubs are shut and sharing beers within the park with chums is out of the question, we’ve considered the following finest thing: reminiscing in regards to the wonkiest Irish accents in film as a change.
One movie that isn’t included, nonetheless, is Wild Mountain Thyme, a treacly romantic drama that broke the win final 12 months upon the release of its trailer. The film, starring Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan, is quiet attempting forward to a UK release thanks to the pandemic, but it promises to be a veritable feast of poorly-accented dismay.
Position on a mystical-taking a anticipate Irish farm in an indiscernible 12 months (is it 2019 or 1953? Who knows!), the film incorporates a cast of A-listers mercilessly bludgeoning the Irish accent beyond all recognition.
Christopher Walken is straining for Mullingar but sounds extra admire “Pirate Christopher Walken”; Blunt is one design or the opposite quieter on this than she is within the trailer for A Indifferent Situation 2… suggesting that her accent is so unpleasant that they’re desperately attempting to clutch it below wraps. Then there’s Jamie Dornan, who is on the total Irish but sounds admire someone who’s by no formulation put foot within the country. Such is the strength of the counterfeit Irish accent in film, a mystical force so all-encompassing and harmful that few can dwell to convey the story it.
To celebrate this most Irish of days, we’ve ranked 10 notorious times Hollywood has handled the country and its of us with totally no admire.
10. Cameron Diaz in Gangs of New York (2002)
Quintessential California seaside babe Cameron Diaz’s decision to well-known person in Gangs of New York lies somewhere between gutsy and silly. Playing an Irish intercourse employee and pickpocket, Diaz tries her finest but is inarguably out of her depth. In fairness, Leonardo DiCaprio is upright as wonky right here within the accent stakes, but, together with his messy goatee and minute paunch, he at least appears the section.
9. Justin Theroux in Charlie’s Angels: Stout Throttle (2003)
Diaz handed the imperfect Irish accent baton over to her Charlie’s Angels co-well-known person Justin Theroux, upright one 12 months after the release of Gangs of New York. You’d divulge that playing a flamboyant Irish mobster named Seamus O’Grady would support make Theroux’s efficiency a camp pleasure, as adverse to aggressively shrill. Reader, it did no longer.
8. Pierce Brosnan in Taffin (1988)
Whereas you happen to haven’t considered Brosnan’s pre-Bond action film Taffin (and you totally occupy no longer), you quiet might additionally occupy considered a explicit 14 seconds of it, with the actor commanding his like passion to trudge away his home using a transport that can only be described as Tommy Wiseau-esque. Nonetheless Irish viewers occupy even extra reason to be confused, particularly that Brosnan is from the Republic of Ireland but speaks in an incomprehensible Northern Irish accent within the heart of. His line “Then presumably you shouldn’t be residing heeeerrrre” is entrenched in cinematic lore.
7. Tommy Lee Jones in Blown Away (1994)
Tommy Lee Jones stars as an IRA terrorist who makes bombs whereas playing U2 on his stereo – inadvertently summing up the grim taste stage of this forgotten thriller. It’s no longer relatively as offensive as Jones’s accent, though.
6. Julia Roberts in Mary Reilly (1996) and Michael Collins (1996)
What did Ireland attain in 1996 to deserve no longer one, but two unpleasant Julia Roberts performances by which she butchers the Irish accent? She pretty gets away with it in Mary Reilly, a psychological dismay movie so uber-serious that it veers into pure camp, but she sticks out admire a sore thumb within the historical biopic Michael Collins. Few various actors occupy ever been so poorly miscast.
5. Sean Connery in The Untouchables (1987)
Could he relaxation in peace, but Connery changed into by no formulation very criminal when asked to play the relaxation various than “sportive Scotsman”. That he won an Oscar for The Untouchables is a tribute to his rare magnetism… because it certain as hell wasn’t the relaxation to attain with that accent.
4. Gerard Butler in PS I Take care of You (2007)
The Scottish actor publicly apologised to Ireland for his work on this unpleasant romantic drama, which says it all, actually. As a minimal we can relaxation assured that it’s unlikely he’ll strive it again anytime soon.
3. Chris O’Donnell in Circle of Pals (1995)
A Hollywood-ified circus of Irish woe – constructed on the premise that Minnie Driver is too unsightly to gain like – Circle of Pals incorporates a cavalcade of accent horrors. Its most egregious, though, is Chris O’Donnell, who essentially speaks in his fashioned American accent but throws about a “ahh-roit then”s in for criminal measure.
2. Tom Hanks in Cloud Atlas (2012)
It might be wrong to position Hanks’s efficiency in Cloud Atlas on this list, because it’s sophisticated to discern whether he’s actually playing an Irish person. Sure, the personality is described within the script as Irish gangster turned-novelist Dermot Hoggins, but Hanks appears to be playing him with what sounds admire a Cockney accent. Whatever the reality, it is relatively breathtaking to watch.
1. Tom Cruise in A ways and Away (1992)
Tom Cruise is actively unpleasant in A ways and Away, a weird Ron Howard disappear film that marked the second of three wildly divergent collaborations with Cruise’s then-companion, Nicole Kidman. His Irish accent is fluttery noise, there one minute and gone the following. On the opposite hand it speaks to how we ended up right here: non-native speakers had been fed so many stereotypes about Ireland over the decades that few can station the trusty thing anymore.