The Worst Accents in Movie History




Or, as they hereafter shall be known: ‘The Kevins’

I went to Julliard, I'll have you know...

I went to Julliard, I'll have you know...


Kevin Kline in Princess Caraboo (Greek), French Kiss (French), The Pink Panther (French, again), I Love You to Death (Italian).

Kevin Costner in Thirteen Days (Boston-y), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (British…when he remembers).

Alan Rickman (Souther-y) in Judas Kiss.

Emma Thompson (also Southern-y) in Judas Kiss; great actors, but…hoo boy…

Anna Paquin in ‘True Blood ‘ (N’Awlins).

Keanu Reeves in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (British).

Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting (Boston) and Mrs. Doubtfire (British).

Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins (Cockney).

Julia Roberts in Mary Reilly (Irish) and Michael Collins (Irish again…even after two tries).

Orson Welles (Irish) in The Lady From Shanghai.

Lloyd Bridges in Blown Away (Irish).

Tommy Lee Jones in Blown Away (Irish).

Jeff Bridges in Blown Away (Boston Irish…man, this movie…)

Charlize Theron in The Legend of Bagger Vance (um, Southern-ish?)

Paul Newman in The Mackintosh Man (Australian…not so much bad as seemingly embarrassed to be there).

Sir Alec Guiness in A Majority of One (Japanese?!!?) and A Passage to India (Indian…Sir Alec really should stick to Shakespeare).

Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve (British).

Donald Sutherland in Revolution and Start the Revolution Without Me (both British, even though he’s supposed to be a French aristocrat in the latter!??!)

Al Pacino in Revolution (??????), Scarface (Cuban), and The Local Stigmatic (Cockney?!!?).

Tom Hanks in Catch Me if You Can (Boston).

The Departed Hall of Shame: Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin, and Martin Sheen (all Boston Irish).

John Travolta in Battlefield Earth (British, via outer space).

Anthony Perkins in On the Beach (Australian).

Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil (Mexican?!?!)

Eli Wallach in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and The Magnificent Seven (Mexican).

John Malkovich in Rounders (Russian…but it’s so entertaining, you don’t care).

Heather Graham in From Hell (She says she’s Irish).

Tom Cruise in Far and Away (Irish).

David Boreanaz in ‘Angel’ (Irish…great show, but…sheesh).

Michael Caine in The Cider House Rules (Maine).

Fred Gwynne in Pet Sematary (Maine).

Stephen Macht in Graveyard Shift (Maine).

Everyone in The Spitfire Grill (Maine- Hollywood, please leave us alone…).

We know we missed some. Send in your nominations for a ‘Kevin’!


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Published in: on June 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm  Comments (14)  

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  1. Jack Nicholson never sounded Irish in the movie, but Robin Williams sounded very british in Mrs. Doubtfire. But David Boreanaz never sounded irish on Angel and Tom Hanks sounded normal to me.

  2. Jon Voight – The General(Irish,British,who knows??!!)

  3. Five words: “A dingo ate my baby!”

  4. Ha! They should create a Razzie type awards for movie accents and name it after Kevin Costner, I definitely vouch for that! I’d add Gerard Butler for butchering American accent in The Ugly Truth, Irish in P.S. I love you (by his own admission!) and Italian American in that soccer flick The Game of Their Lives. I adore the guy but he definitely has to work on perfecting his accent work!

  5. Nice. I haven’t seen any of those Butler flicks yet (I have a very hard time remembering he exists, generally). At least Kevin Kline’s attempts are sort of enjoyable, in a music hall sort of way; he’s clearly having fun doing them, sort of like a funny uncle at Thanksgiving.

  6. hello! nick cage in con air, by far the worst ever

  7. Also, see my Maine-centric article on the topic in the Portland Press Herald:

  8. Laura Linney in Mystic River (Boston or somewheres thereabouts)

  9. I know your name’s Kevin, but you still make a good point…

  10. Here are some nominations from fans at Videoport’s Facebook page “Videoport Jones”:

    “I loved the movie “In the Bedroom,” but that had some serious Maine accents by way of Brooklyn.”- Anne W.

    “Raymond Burr as an Arab sheik in “Fort Algiers” was atrocious.”- John D.

    “Rob Morrow in Quiz Show. (My wife is driven mad by bad Boston accents.)”- John A.

    “Not sure it counts as an accent, but John Wayne uses his classic John Wayne to say “Surely this must be the son of God” in The Greatest Story ever told – he’s playing a Roman. It is the funniest thing ever.”- Naomi M.

    “Leo Dicaprio in ‘Gangs of New York’. Particularly awful next to Daniel Day-Lewis.”- Eric W.

    All fine choices…

  11. oh,c’mon..Tony Curtis in Spartacus ?! Bette Davis as Elizabeth I ?!? Helen Hunt in Empire Falls;oh,hell-EVERYONE in Empire Falls!!

  12. i always look for a good movie review first before watching new movies `

  13. mrs. doubtfire is scottish for gawd’s sake not “british” and i have heard worst attempts. and anthony perkins aussie accent in On the Beach is pretty damned good considering how hard it is to do an acceptable one.

    • Thanks for commenting, Brian! We welcome all dissent in Videoportland! No matter how misguided!
      1. You may forgive me for not being able to pinpoint exactly what the hell country Robin Williams was aiming for.
      2. Um, agree to disagree?

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