Michael Caine American Accent ? How Can British Actors Imitate American Accent

We make fun of Americans a lot for bungling various British accents – they think we all sound like The Queen – but it works both ways. There are many British actors, most of them very talented, who just cannot wrap their plummy mouths around a convincing American twang.

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Sorry America, none of these actors should have been allowed to speak your words.


Colin Firth – Main Street

Colin Firth is as English as tea and crumpets and not making a fuss. Hearing an American accent come out of his mouth just feels a little wrong, particularly when it”s a really mangled Texan accent that starts out sounding a bit like an impression of Bill Clinton and then, just in the space of this clip, gradually becomes a very, very oil prospector from a cartoon. Stick with kings, Colin.


Gerard Butler – The Bounty Hunter

Butler doesn”t have a great history with accents – his Irish in P.S. I Love You is bizarre – and his American is always a bit off. He talks like a kid doing a playground American accent. It should be accompanied by waving a gun and calling someone a “filthy punk”.


Ewan McGregor – Big Fish

McGregor”s American accents aren”t really terrible and when he”s doing one he tends to stay in it and not slip in and out, as a lot of actors do, but he just leans into them too much. His southern accent in Big Fish is cartoonish and very “aw shucks, gee willickers”. Nobody speaks like that.

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Simon Pegg – Big Nothing

Not very many people saw the bungled heist movie Big Nothing. For the sake of Pegg, whose American accent drifts about like a rudderless ship, that”s probably not a bad thing.

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Ray Winstone – The Departed

What…what is this accent supposed to be? Is it Bostonian like the rest of the cast? Is it from a special area of America that the rest of us haven”t discovered yet? Because more than anything this sounds Australian. Wouldn”t tell him to his face though.


Michael Caine – The Cider House Rules

Caine has never been good with accents and rarely bothers. He”s got such a distinctive voice of his own that when he tries to do anything else it”s extremely noticeable. Playing a kindly old orphanage director from Maine, he makes nods at a generic American accent but only fitfully. Still, he won an Oscar for it so he”s probably not that bothered.


Jason Statham – The One

It took us a long time to work out whether or not Statham actually is doing an American accent or not. Turns out he is, when he can be bothered.


Alan Rickman – Judas Kiss

Another one who”s an undeniably brilliant actor but not quite up to the task of doing a New Orleans accent, which is admittedly one of the most difficult there is, as a cop in this forgotten 1998 movie. But if you can”t do it, don”t do it. And if you”re wondering why we”re letting Emma Thompson off…

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Emma Thompson – Dead Again

…We”re not. She can act up a storm but Thompson does American accents like she”s making fun of them. You could also have Primary Colours here.

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