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Jamie Dornan is accused of committing « a crime against Irish accents » in his latest film
After sharing the trailer for Wild Mountain Thyme, a romantic comedy filmed in Co Mayo, on Twitter, its stars were mocked over their southern musical endeavors.
Co Down man Dornan, British actress Emily Blunt, and veteran American star Christopher Walken have all come under fire.
Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, it also stars John Hamm and tells a love story set against the rural landscape of Ireland
However, this isn’t the first time that a production has been mocked for the less-than-perfect Irish accents of its stars.
Pierce Brosnan wowed moviegoers with his strange resemblance to former Sinn Fein boss Jerry Adams in The Foreigner, but was chosen because of his northern accent, which critics have described as a mixture of Navan with a Scottish accent
While people outside of the island of Ireland could be exempt from slaughtering the Belfast dialect, hearing Brosnan, a Navan, quote his lines unconvincingly was a huge shock to some.
Action movie star Gerard Butler played a lovable Irish man named Jerry Kennedy in the 2007 movie PS I Love You, but his attempt at his southern accent was heavily criticized
It was very sad that Butler publicly apologized, as the Scotsman said his experience of being attacked by critics and viewers alike hindered him from trying to get it done again
« After all these great reviews and great comments, I don’t think it’d be a good idea I’ve checked this box, » the actor explained
Brad Pitt’s Northern Irish accent in The Devil’s Own (1997) was so bad that it is still considered a low-water mark by which to judge all other bad accents
Pitt reportedly spent a few days touring West Belfast to perfect the required sound, but clearly to no avail.
And who can forget Hollywood star Tom Cruise and his megawatt smile introducing the timeless streak at the 1992 Corn Festival far and away, « You’re a Corqueror, Shannon »?
The movie, set in the nineteenth century, was completely impossible and incomprehensible in parts, and became a classic « Oirish » for all the wrong reasons. Writer Tony Parsons later described it as « a smelly image far and away the worst movie I have ever seen. » / p>
Julia Roberts is a frequent criminal, after she was criticized by Michael Collins and Mary Riley
In Michael Collins, released in 1996 and also starring Liam Neeson, you play Kitty Kiernan, who falls in love with the Irish rebel – but no one has fallen in love with the elusive star
In the same year, she played Mary Reilly as an Irish housemaid who got involved in a love affair with her employer, Dr. Jekyll, and his alternate character, Mr. Hyde, whose accent was severely mocked for being as poor as the plot
Sean Connery appears to have completely gone over the description of Jimmy Malone’s character when he read the script for The Untouchables, especially the part that indicated he was an Irish persuasive.
Instead of experimenting with an Irish accent, Connery used a slightly comedic version of his Scottish intensity
The actor’s film was voted in the 1987 movie as the worst film accent ever. In 2003 his attempt did not impress the experts in Empire, who described it as the least credible in film history.
However, his « Russian » accent on The Hunt for Red October should definitely give her a chance to get her money.
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