Good news! This post is not about Lady Gaga. (However, I don’t apologize for the Gaga-centricity of my last two posts. To be honest, I worship at her temple.)
And now for a short video gallery of poorly executed dialects by well-known actors. Hey guys, it might be time to hire a new accent coach.
1. Anne Hathaway in “One Day.”
Target accent: Yorkshire [see below clip for example]
Oh, honey. Nice effort. Was Melanie Brown unavailable? In all honesty though, I wonder if an English actress might have had an easier time putting on an English dialect. I suggest Carey Mulligan. She’s hot right now, plus, she’d look great with Jim Sturgess.
2. Tom Felton in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” –> Start at 0:28.
Target accent: American.
I’m sorry. You can go ahead and try, Tom Felton, but you’ll always be Draco Malfoy. I think you even had some of the same lines in both movies. (“You think that’s funny, d’you? Wait ’til my father hears about this!”)
3. Brad Pitt in “Seven Years in Tibet.”
Target accent: Austrian
Brad. I love you. You’re generally a very good actor. You seem like a great dad. But this is awful. And I know this is an old example, but it’s classic.
You can’t fault filmmakers for wanting to cast big names in their movies. You can’t fault, for example, a British actor for wanting to break into Hollywood. But please. Aren’t we at the point in globalization where we can make overseas calls and cast a big name British actor to play a big British role?
What do you think? Actors who can’t master their character’s accent – try to overlook it, or kick them out?