There’s a lot to love in the new film “Frank,” including star Michael Fassbender’s American accent (albeit inside a paper-mache head). But that hasn’t always been the case.
Fassbender struggled between a tone that fell somewhere between Irish and his native German in “X-Men: First Class.” At Indiewire, there’s debate over his voice’s efficacy in “12 Years A Slave” — some feel it captured the character’s venal spirit, while others think he wavered between cruel plantation owner and Foghorn Leghorn.
We know it’s not easy. But it can be a lot of fun to watch, which is why we’ve compiled some of our picks for the best worst accents.
But for every Meryl Streep (Danish! Polish! Julia Child!), or Australian Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-winning portrayal of a self-absorbed American in “Blue Jasmine,” there is the Brooklyn-born Anne Hathaway struggling to sound like a Northern English lass in “One Day.” Or a Kevin Costner in… anything that requires him to sound like someone other than Kevin Costner.
Bask in the glory of Keanu Reeves attempting to turn his natural Southern California cadence into that of a proper 19th-century Brit. Revel in the caricature that is Dick Van Dyke’s cockney chimney sweep. And listen to Julia Roberts ask after Dr. Jekyll and his”AIL-ness.”
Check out the video below, and make sure to tell us other accents you love to hate in the comments.