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Crap Cockneys: And The Nominations For The Worst London Accent Are…

by | 25th, October 2014

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Crap Cockneys

And the nominations for the worst London accent are…


Dick van Dyke (Mary Poppins)

The mother lode. To quote his song, ‘even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious’, there is something supercalifragilisticexpialidocious about Dick’s seminal cockney performance…



Anthony LaPaglia (Frazier)

Daphne (from Manchester) has, for reasons that are never explained, a ‘cockney’ brother called Simon. Amazingly, LaPaglia (an Australian) won an Emmy for his performance.



Don Cheadle (Ocean’s series)

Cheadle plays Basher Tarr, a cockney bomb expert, and gets quality lines such as ‘We’re in Barney. Barney Rubble… Trouble!’ He reflected on it later: ‘My British friends tell me it’s a truly terrible London accent in Ocean’s 13. You know something I really worked on that accent, went to London, spoke to people, got to know it…’



Richard Burton (Villain)

A decent performance as Vic Dakin, a homosexual gangster clearly modeled in Ronnie Kray if Ronnie had been a Welsh thesp.



Christian Bale (The Prestige)

Universally derided for his efforts, it actually wasn’t bad at all, in the sense that he at least sounded ‘London’, if not yer actual cockernee…



Forest Whitaker (The Crying Game)

Horribly miscast here as British soldier, and his ‘Scowpion’ speech (2.48) will certainly have the voice coaches crying…



Ewan MacGregor and Colin Farrell (Cassandra’s Dream)


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