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It’s been a big week for news – but who’d have thought one of the biggest talking points on social media would be the mangling of Irish accents?
The trailer for new romcom Wild Mountain Thyme has dropped, and it has made headlines for all the wrong reasons – namely, the Irish accents adopted by its all-star cast.
Emily Blunt plays farmer Rosemary Muldoon in this caper set in the west of Ireland – seemingly in the modern day, despite what you may think from the shawl-twirling and the ‘aye begorrah’ turn of phrase – with Jamie Dornan playing her love interest Anthony, and both have been slammed for their leprechaun takes on the Irish brogue.
Well, more mockery has been heaped on Dornan, considering he grew up in Belfast.
The film isn’t out until December but the trailer has everyone convinced this will be a hate-watch for the ages.
But Wild Mountain Thyme is far from the first Hollywood film to be slated due to its dubious Oirish accents.
It seems that very few non-Irish stars can nail the accent, but god love them, that doesn’t mean they don’t try. For every Daisy Edgar Jones in Normal People, there’s a Sean Connery in… well, quite a few films, so Emily and Jamie will be in good company in the awful Irish accent hall of fame.
Tom Cruise in Far And Away
Tom played an Irish peasant who runs away to America in the second of three films made opposite ex-wife Nicole Kidman, and gives us the benchmark against which all bad Irish accents are measured.
Nicole’s take on an educated Dublin accent is pretty bad too, but gets away with it due to just how much worse Tom’s was.
Gerard Butler in PS I Love You
Despite sharing Celtic roots, it seems many Scots have trouble with the Irish accent – case in point, Gerard Butler in the adaptation of Cecelia Aherne’s book.
In fairness to Gerard, he later apologised for murdering the accent when he prepared to play a leprechaun in Movie 43, saying: ‘The way I see it, I made a terrible botch of the accent once, so it can’t get any worse as a leprechaun.
‘At least it’ll make the Irish part of me proud. It doesn’t get more patriotic than playing a leprechaun.’
Unfortunately, Movie 43 was widely considered one of the worst films ever made when it was released.
Sean Connery in Darby O’Gill and the Little People
The late Sir Sean Connery is one of the most iconic film stars of all time, but his Irish accent left a lot to be desired.
The first major example was in the children’s classic Darby O’Gill and the Little People, which apparently hears Connery do an Irish accent. We beg to differ.
Sean Connery in The Untouchables
Sir Sean’s accent in The Untouchables is considered to be the worst ever captured on screen by many, and it’s a worthy competitor.
How it got worse than Darby O’Gill, we don’t know, but it’s almost impressive.
Tommy Lee Jones in Blown Away
It turns out Northern Irish accents are just as difficult for Americans to master, and Tommy Lee Jones and Jeff Bridges went head to head in producing a shocking brogue in Blown Away.
However, it was Tommy Lee who won out with his hilarious attempt as he played a man who breaks out of prison to get revenge on a former partner-in-terrorism.
Bonus points for his singing of Happy Birthday in Irish and dancing to U2.
Julia Roberts in Michael Collins
Michael Collins is an all-time Irish classic, but Oscar-winner Julia just couldn’t reach the standard of the movie with her Irish accent as she played Kitty Kiernan.
While she had plenty of Irish stars including Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson to stack up against, her English and American co-stars like Aidan Quinn and Alan Rickman did a much better job… although they were born of Irish descent. So maybe that’s the trick?
Brad Pitt in The Devil’s Own
In another ‘let’s cast an American star as a member of the IRA’ attempt, Brad Pitt could not get his mouth around a Belfast accent in this drama.
However, he did pull off a brilliant Irish accent in Snatch, so he’s somewhat forgiven.
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