Acting is hard and acting with an accent is even harder. From Don Cheadle in the “Ocean’s franchise” to the third “Bridget Jones” movie, here are 11 actors who critics felt couldn’t nail the British accent.
If you watch a lot of movies and TV, you’ve probably noticed by now that some actors are not the best at doing accents that aren’t their own.
Slate even spoke to dialect coaches Bob and Claire Corff about why, and they helpfully explained that a lot of it has to do with how long actors train to do dialects in their respective countries. In other words, don’t hate the players, hate their abysmally accented games and giggle when a pro deconstructs them on YouTube for your amusement .
Here are 16 of the worst examples of onscreen attempts at British accents so far, according to critics.
Dick Van Dyke in “Mary Poppins” issued an apology for his accent.
Long considered one of the worst British accents in all of cinematic history , Dick Van Dyke’s character Bert nonetheless wowed audiences with his engaging singing and dancing routines — even if his cockney accent was distractingly bad.
In 2017, Van Dyke was awarded a BAFTA — and he issued the following humorous public apology : “I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema.”
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