The best and worst fake accents in movies

'House of Gucci' dialogue coach slams Lady Gaga's Italian accent

Stars Insider

16/11/21 | StarsInsider


Accents are tricky things to master, as many Hollywood stars know all too well. Get it right, and they can expect the plaudits to come rolling in. But get it wrong, and the film's entire reputation could be in ruins.

'House of Gucci' isn't even out in the world yet but it already has its critics—and it's someone from the inside! Italian actress and dialect coach Francesca De Martini didn't exactly approve of Lady Gaga's vocal impression of Patrizia Reggiani, who famously hired a hitman to murder her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci. “I feel bad saying this, but her accent is not exactly an Italian accent, it sounds more Russian,” De Martini told The Daily Beast. 

De Martini had initially auditioned to be in the film, and though she was rejected, she was later called back to help Salma Hayek, who herself requested a coach. It was then that she heard Lady Gaga's accent. Gaga herself stirred anticipation around the accent after she told British Vogue that she stayed in character, with both accent and brunette hair, for nine months, but according to the dialect coach, that still wasn't enough. “When you see the trailer, there are so many different accents,” De Martini noted, adding that Al Pacino’s is more akin to New York-Italian, while Adam Driver barely has any at all.

Critics have a field day when an actor's accent fails to land, but some stars have the acting chops to pull off almost any foreign accent. From laughable cockney dialects and bad Irish brogues to completely convincing American drawls, there are a whole lot of great–and not so great–fake accents in film. How do your favorite stars rate? Click through this gallery to discover the best and worst foreign accents in movies.


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