The best and worst fake accents in movies

Marilyn Monroe estate defends Ana de Armas' 'Blonde' casting following accent backlash

Stars Insider

03/08/22 | StarsInsider

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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.

Marilyn Monroe fans rushed to social media after watching Ana de Armas take on the iconic role in the trailer for the forthcoming Netflix film 'Blonde,' with many criticizing the Cuban actress for her accent. Many complained that Armas' accent is too heavy to sound like Monroe, and that it's taking her out of character, but Monroe's estate came to Armas' defense. 

“Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history,” Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group, which owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate, said in a statement to Variety, adding that everyone knows they are big shoes to fill. “Based on the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity, and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the film in its entirety.”

Armas herself told The Sunday Times last year that it took her nine months to learn how to speak like Monroe, and she said the process was “so exhausting.”

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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