This is a guest post by Zack Mandell, who is a movie enthusiast and owner of www.movieroomreviews.com and writer of movie reviews about movies such as The Departed. He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium.
Back in February of this year, Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award for her stunning and incisive portrayal of controversial former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” The reviews for the film, which came out in December 2011, were decidedly mixed, and criticized the film for its pretentious approach and inaccuracies.
The reviews for Streep, however, were once again unanimous raves. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said, “Streep’s performance is so true and so uncannily accurate, so full and so complete in its understanding that she is fascinating every second she is onscreen.” Most critics also pointed out her uncanny mimicry of Thatcher’s storied accent, but of course, Streep is used to critical praise for her mastery of accents.
Indeed, all three Oscars she has won have been for performances in which she used different accents. She nailed Thatcher’s accent for “The Iron Lady,” her Polish accent was impeccable in “Sophie’s Choice,” and she had an American accent in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (admittedly, that one probably wasn’t too difficult for her). Yet while Streep is notoriously astounding at accents, she has many colleagues in the acting field that, well, are not.
Here are ten of the worst accents ever committed to the celluloid. [Read the rest of this entry…]