These Are Officially The Shittest Accents In Movie History

The times Hollywood got British accents REALLY wrong.

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Mary Poppins Is this the worst film accent of all time?

British actors have been taking over the film industry for years now, and it’s meant more people than ever before are putting on fake American accents in movies.

They’re not always 100% convincing either: For every believable attempt, there are plenty of dodgy ones, and clunky attempts at US dialects can singlehandedly ruin films.

Of course, it works the other way too, and Americans doing UK accents can be pretty cringe-worthy too.

Now, the very worst attempts at accents in movie history have been officially named, after a group of former actors from the UK and the US rated them for language app Babbel.

According to them, Dick Van Dyke’s infamously bad cockney from Mary Poppins is the worst attempt at a British accent by a US actor in movie history, rating just 1.6 out of 5.

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
Image Walt Disney Pictures

There are honorable mentions for Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean and Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves too.

Meanwhile, Kate Winslet’s performance in Titanic was rated as the worst attempt at a US accent by a British actor, pulling in just 2.4 out of 5.

It’s not all bad news though, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s 12 Years a Slave actor was very highly regarded with a rating of 4.5 out of 5, while the legendary Meryl Streep’s accent as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady was rated as the best English accent by a US actor.

 

Here are the best and worst accents in movies ranked:

Brits Playing Americans

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in ’12 Years a Slave’ (2013): 4.5 out of 5
Christian Bale as Batman in ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008): 4.2 out of 5
Henry Cavill as Superman in ‘The Man of Steel’ (2013): 4.2 out of 5
Emma Watson in ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ (2012): 4.1 out of 5
Clive Owen in ‘Inside Man’ (2006): 4.1 out of 5
Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Doctor Strange’ (2016): 3.9 out of 5
John Boyega in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015): 3.7 out of 5
Rosamund Pike in ‘Gone Girl’ (2014): 3.5 out of 5
Robert Pattinson in the ‘Twilight’ franchise: 3.5 out of 5
Kate Winslet in ‘Titanic’ (1997): 2.4 out of 5

Americans Playing Brits

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’ (2011): 4.9 out of 5
Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (1998): 4.7 out of 5
Renée Zellweger as the title character in ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ (2011): 4.5 out of 5
Robert Downey Jr. as the titular British detective ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (2009): 4.3 out of 5
Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ franchise: 3.8 out of 5
Natalie Portman as Evey in ‘V for Vendetta’ (2005): 3.5 out of 5
Angelina Jolie, as the title character in ‘Maleficent’ (2014): 3.3 out of 5
Johnny Depp in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise: 3.0 out of 5
Kevin Costner as the lead in ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ (1991): 2.0 out of 5
Dick Van Dyke in ‘Mary Poppins’ (1964): 1.6 out of 5

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.