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19th Jan 2019

This supercut of the worst Irish accents in cinema history is wonderfully-atrocious

Paul Moore

Irish accent

Painful and funny for any Irish person.

Here, let’s be honest and state that because we’re a relatively small island when compared to the rest of the world, we are all extremely interested to see and know how other countries perceive us.

What’s even more interesting is seeing some of the world’s most famous faces trying to wrap their minds and tongues around our famous lilts.

Christ, even some actors that are Irish have famously struggled with our accent – anyone remember Pierce Brosnan’s accent in Evelyn? – but given the fact that the Irish brogue is apparently one of the hardest ones for actors to perfect, there are more examples of people butchering it than there are of actors perfecting it.

FYI, we’re going to remove Sean Connery’s performance as Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables from this list because we think even he didn’t know where his character was from in that film! He was supposed to be Irish-American but Connery practically played him as a straight-up Scot. Anyway, he won an Oscar for that performance so he must have been doing something right.

Aside from this, we’re treated to some famous examples of actors getting the Irish brogue wrong like Leonardo DiCaprio (Gangs of New York), Gerard Butler (PS, I Love You), Tom Cruise (Far and Away), Brad Pitt (The Devil’s Own), Richard Gere (The Jackal), and much more.

Also, as you can see in the interview below, Sarah Paulson (Glass) recently told JOE that whenever she tries to perfect an Irish accent, it just turns to Jamaican. See, it appears that Joey Tribbiani was right about accents. Ultimately, everything can turn Jamaican.

Take a look at some of the world’s most famous faces butchering your accent.


Here’s the star of Glass and American Horror story giving JOE here take on our lovely lilts.

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