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Wild Mountain Crime Five worst Irish accents in movie history as Wild Mountain Thyme causes outrage

The new trailer for schmaltzy flick Wild Mountain Thyme has hit Ireland like finger nails on a chalkboard as the Irish accent is given another solid thrashing. 

As if proof was needed that history often repeats itself the director has cast long term cinematic hard man Christopher Walken as an aging Irish farmer.

And with an accent that is more at home in a 1970s Hallmark movie Walken's performance is more criminal than in any Scorsese flick.

Mary Poppins herself Emily Blunt needs more than a spoonful of sugar to solve her vocal warbling.

While king of bondage Jamie Dornan should be 50 shades of puce with embarrassment for his brutal attempt at a southern accent.

Even though we only have the trailer for this movie to go on, the internet consensus is clear; Wild Mountain Thyme has committed a Wild Mountain Crime against Ireland.


Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme

Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme

Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme

But they are not alone in this category and here are the top five movies that have butchered the Irish accent.

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise--Far and Away

How both Hollywood legends weren't arrested for murder after their brutal assault on the Irish lilt, is beyond me.

If Cruise's Irish accent has any redeeming features it's that it might fall into the; "It's so bad, it's funny" category of Irish on-screen accents.

It also diverts attention from Nicole Kidman's appalling efforts as she mutters and splutters her way through the movie.


Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Far and Away.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Far and Away.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Far and Away.

Who can ever forget Tom uttering that quintessential Irish pick up line: "Yer a corker, Shannon”.

That wouldn’t get you past the front gates in Coppers Tom but it will land you top of this list.

Gerard Butler--PS I love You

Anyone who has attended a midlands mart will confirm that versions of Gerard Butler’s rugged Gerry Kennedy roam free-range in the rural community.

While the novel made Cecelia Ahern a household name and an overnight millionaire, Butler’s vocal performance that is half Scottish, half drunken ewe, was less than impressive.


PS I Love You

PS I Love You

PS I Love You

Sean Connery has shown that Scottish actors can have considerable trouble with an Irish accent (The Untouchables and Darby O’Gill ).

But in truth someone should have pulled him aside on the first day of filming and said “PS you are terrible”.

But they didn’t and he is on the list.

Brad Pitt-- The Devil's Own

A very young, fresh faced Brad Pitt appears as a leather jacket wearing, gun toting IRA man on the run across from Harrison Ford in this less than gripping thriller.

Narrowly pipping Richard Gere's brutal accent in The Jackal, Brad’s Irish lilt is literally the Pitts here.

Apparently, Brad spent a few days hanging around Belfast to perfect a Belfast accent.

However, you would have to wonder if he had gone to the town of Belfast in Pennsylvania by mistake, so terrible is his effort.

Leo Di Caprio and Cameron Diaz--Gangs of New York

Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz cannot be forgiven for their off-kilter Irish accents in Gangs of New York.

Leo’s weak lilt is only further exaggerated when he plays opposite Daniel Day Lewis's brilliant American accent in the epic saga.

Ironically, Leo’s character Amsterdam’s garbled lilt was probably closer to a Dutch accent than an Irish one.

Pierce Brosnan—Taffin

It says a lot about the technical difficulty of an Irish brogue that Pierce Brosnan, an actual Irishman, somehow still delivered a garbled version of the Ulster accent in 1988’s Taffin.

His cry of “Then maybe you shouldn't be living heeeeeeeeeeeeere" in the low-grade action thriller is now a Halloween bed time story for child actors worldwide.

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