When an actor is portraying a character, one of the biggest challenges they often face is putting on an accent to convince the audience that they truly are from a different place. On the one hand, some of the greatest performances we've ever seen on film have been aided by perfectly executed accents. On the other hand, some of the very worst performances were almost entirely because of poor accents. While these accents are hilarious and make us feel good about ourselves, they pull us right out of the mood of the film. Every word is a reminder that you are watching an actor and not a character. It forces you to think about the actor and what must be going through their minds as they cough out garbage dialect. Do they actually believe they're nailing the voice? Are they embarrassed? Do the other actors around them think they're being punked? Do they think less of their peers?
Even the best actors in the world have difficulties with accents. As is often the case, an actor will hire a voice coach to help them master the minutia of the language. There are so many different elements like pitch, intonation and inflection, that it has to be challenging. We have all mucked around with accents, but we're not actually being paid to pretend we really speak like that. But the actors and the performances on this list are the real head scratchers, the ones where it isn't exactly conceivable how they butchered the voice so bad. They could not have honestly had a voice coach, could they? Did no one approach them and tell them that their accents were that bad? Or were the accents so unfixable, the actor given up as a lost cause? No matter what actually went down prior to laying down their performances, these actors all went out and laid an egg trying to put on an accent. Here are the 17 most horrendous movie accents of all time.
15 Tom Cruise – Far and Away
14 Dick Van Dyke – Mary Poppins
13 Michael Caine - On Deadly Ground
12 14 & 13. Colin Farrell & Angelina Jolie – Alexander
11 Shia LaBeouf – Nymphomaniac
10 Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
9 Nicolas Cage – Con Air And Captain Corelli's Mandolin
8 Gerard Butler – P.S. I Love You
7 Christopher Lambert – Highlander
6 7 & 6. Kevin Costner & Russell Crowe – Robin Hood(s)
5 Don Cheadle – Ocean's Franchise
4 Harrison Ford – K-19: The Widowmaker
3 Sean Connery – The Hunt for Red October
2 Jon Voigt – Anaconda
1 Keanu Reeves – Bram Stoker's Dracula
The acting abilities of Keanu Reeves come under fire quite a bit. Keanu Reeves' normal voice sounds exactly like you would expect from a guy named Keanu "cool breeze" Reeves. He's got surfer style oozing out of every word that leaves his mouth. Pretty much every role post-Bill and Ted sounds like he was never able to shake character. When he was cast as the Englishman Jonathan Harker in Bram Stoker's Dracula, many wondered how he would do at adopting an accent, and my lord was it ever terrible. It was just the worst. Imagine Beavis and Butthead trying to mock an English accent and you've got Keanu's Harker. It's shocking and, when he shares the screen with Gary Oldman, the accent is even more obvious. It's not fun to watch because Keanu seems like such a nice guy, but it cannot be forgotten.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; MTV; TheWrap
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