There are good and bad accents — and then there’s Keanu Reeves in Dracula.
Actors nailing accents is often crucial for a role where they’re portraying someone real or from a part of the world known for a specific accent.
Here’s my list of 10 amazing AND dreadful accents from actors. Fair warning, I do not include some offensive portrayals of ethnic people from early cinema as it is already too clear how bad those accents and impersonations were.
Starting out with the best…
Jamie Foxx — Ray
Philip Seymour Hoffman — Capote
Heath Ledger — Brokeback Mountain
Matthew Rhys — The Americans
Connor Trinneer — American Made
Angelina Jolie — Maleficent
Daniel Day-Lewis — In The Name of the Father
Daniel Kaluuya — Get Out
Andrew Lincoln — The Walking Dead
Benedict Cumberbatch — Black Mass
Now prepare yourself for the bad…
Tom Cruise — Far and Away
Christopher Lambert — Highlander
Nicholas Cage — Con Air
Kevin Costner — Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
John Malkovich—- Rounders
Sean Connery — The Hunt for Red October
Keanu Reeves — Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Jon Voight — Anaconda
Gerard Butler — P.S. I Love You
James Van Der Beek — Varsity Blues
What do you think of this list? Do you have some great or bad accents from an actor that stick out to your mind? Let us know in the comments below.