The 10 worst Irish accents ever attempted by Hollywood A-listers

  • The 10 worst Irish accents ever attempted by Hollywood A-listers

Happy St. Patrick's Day, or everyone's excuse to drink one pint of Guinness and talk in a mildly offensive accent.

As we've seen before, when film stars tackle accents they find it trickier than you'd expect, with laughable and downright confused results.

It would seem that quite a few Hollywood A-listers attempted to play an Irish person in a movie, for some reason.

So we got our most Irish staffmember - he once went on a stag weekend to Dublin - to go through some of the worst Irish accents committed to film.

Julia Roberts - Mary Reilly

In 1996, Julia Roberts played a lowly Irish housemaid for Dr Jekyll, who falls in love with the well-known doctor as well as his evil counterpart Mr. Hyde.

Based on a 1990 novel, Roberts had to adopt the Irish accent to stay faithful to the book, and at the best of times it was pretty feeble, and the worst of times, her accent veered wildly from any accent heard in Ireland ever.

Sounds like: Mr Doyle from Father Ted, if she was from Norway

Richard Gere - The Jackal

In the political thriller was a remake, of sorts, of The Day of The Jackal, imprisoned IRA sniper, played by (alleged) hamster-stuffed Richard Gere is freed to stop another sniper from shooting someone else in the head.

Gere took on the role of IRA sniper Declan Mulqueen worked with a language coach to nail his accent, but didn't manage to nail the accent as it wobbled and failed him from time to time.

Sounds like: A member of Geordie Shore sitting in an A&E waiting room with a broken jaw

Brad Pitt - The Devil's Own

Brad Pitt starred in the 1997 action flick as a deadly IRA gunman who stays as a house-guest of an unwitting New York cop played by Harrison Ford.

Brad took on the Irish accent with all of the gusto of his Austrian accent in Seven Years in Tibet, with similar cringey results.

Still though, he went on to do the gypsy accent in Snatch, so that was... something.

Sounds like: A Scotsman who's had a few Irish coffees in a pub decked out with shamrocks

Tom Cruise - Far and Away 

The world's most famous Scientologist starred in the Irish adventure romantic drama as an Irish immigrant seeking his fortune in 1890s America.

The film, in which Cruise featured alongside then-wife Nicole Kidman, was panned heavily by critics and while Nicole got away relatively unscathed, Tom's dismal Irish accent was particularly lampooned.

Sounds like: The Lucky Charms leprechaun with a mouthful of marbles

Humphrey Bogart - Dark Victory

The prolific Bogart appeared in six films in 1939, and drama Dark Victory about a socialite who is diagnosed with a brain tumour was one of those.

Before he became a household name with Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon, Bogart played Irish stable master with the most stereotypical Irish name, Michael O'Leary in the drama which also starred Bette Davis and Ronald Regan.

To be fair, Bogey gave the accent a sporting try, but people can't be great at everything, and he wasn't even ok-ish at his Irish accent.

Sounds like: An angry clown who has just received a parking ticket

Kate Hudson – About Adam

Kate Hudson stars in the largely-forgotten 2000 rom-com about a waitress who falls for a charming customer, who also seduces four other members of her family.

Set in Dublin, Kate Hudson puts on her best Dublin accent, which, it turns out, doesn't sound anything like a Dublin accent whatsoever.

Sounds like: an Oxbridge student wearing one of those St. Patrick's Day Guinness hats

Sean Connery – The Untouchables

It seems like people will never understand that Sean Connery only does his own accent despite the role he is playing.

English? Sean Connery. America? Sean Connery. His performance as Irish-American Chicago police officer in gangster flick The Untouchables? Sean Connery.

Perhaps earlier in his career, when he actually tried to do acting, such as his performance in Disney movie Darby O'Gill and the Little People, he tried a little harder (probably because of that Disney dollar), but by The Untouchables, he just could not be bothered with changing his voice.

Sounds like: Sean Connery... er, Sean Connery?

Tommy Lee Jones – Blown Away

Another Irish terrorist, this time Ryan Gaerity, a bomber who escapes prison and heads to Boston to target a member of the police force's bomb squad.

Tommy Lee Jones managed to convincingly play an unhinged terrorist (which probably helped him to play Two-Face in Batman Forever) except for the accent, a truly terrible Irish accent that showed that sometimes less truly is more.

Sounds like: Liam Neeson who's just woken up to find himself on a rollercoaster

Gerard Butler - P.S. I Love You

When the Scottish Gerard Butler starred in the tear-jerking drama film from 2007, he had to put on his best Irish accent to play the dead husband of a woman who leaves her letters and messages after his death.

Butler, who can't seem to get any accent right, was lambasted by Irish reviewers for his downright shocking accent. The star later jokingly apologies for his attempt - we think he should have issued a serious apology.

Sounds like: A cockney doing an impression of Sean Connery to pick up American girls

Kevin Spacey – Ordinary Decent Criminal

Another largely forgotten flick from the early 2000s is the movie loosely based on infamous Irish crime boss Martin Cahill with Kevin Spacey as the charismatic and adored criminal.

We're hoping that the voices have all been altered in this trailer; either that or the filmmakers believe all Irish people speak in a high-pitched leprechaun accent.

The film was a stinker and went straight to video in the States, which wasn't helped by Spacey's accent which was the "top o' the morning to ya!" stereotypical Irish accent that Irish people don't speak like at all.

Sounds like: A New Yorker with concussion trapped in a helium factory

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Comments

"...played by (alleged) hamster-stuffed Richard Gere..." Seriously? Aside from the fact this nonsense was debunked years ago, it's the sort of thing I'd only expect to see written by a teenager on a message board, not in an article posted on the Pearl and Dean site. Very bad form indeed.