This St. Patrick’s Day will be filled with the usual Oirish nonsense. Sometimes it’s hard to escape it – especially at the movies.
Over the years Hollywood has foisted quite a few shamrock-filled leprechaunish moments on us.
Here are some of the most ridiculous fake Irish accents ever.
Julia Roberts: Mary Reilly
Roberts tops the list because she’s been Oirish on two occasions, in Mary Reilly and Michael Collins, and both times she sounded like someone whose idea of an Irish accent came from watching a third-rate amateur theatrical company put on a fourth-rate production of Playboy of the Western World. In South Africa.
Gerard Butler: P.S. I Love You
At least he had the decency to apologize for it.
Russell Crowe: Winter’s Tale
Oh dear. Couldn’t Colin Farrell have taken him aside on the set and had a quiet word with him?
Tom Cruise: Far and Away
To be fair to the Cruiser, Nicole Kidman’s accent isn’t much better, but then again, she’s a corker!
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: P.S. I Love You
I once met a woman who was convinced he’s Irish. She was devastated when I told her he’s about as Irish as this guy. I couldn’t actually find a clip from the film with him; perhaps that’s a blessing.
Tommy Lee Jones: Blown Away
You’ll be blown away by how bad this is.
Matthew Goode: Leap Year
If you’re lucky you’ll only have to watch this every four years. Or never.