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11 November 2020 20:31

Wild Mountain Thyme

The worst Irish accents in film after Wild Mountain Thyme trailer controversy

It's been a big week for news – but who'd have thought one of the biggest talking points on social media would be the mangling of Irish accents? The trailer for new romcom Wild Mountain Thyme has dropped, and it has made headlines for all the wrong reasons – namely, the Irish accents adopted by its all-star cast. Emily Blunt plays farmer Rosemary Muldoon in this caper set in the west of Ireland – seemingly in the modern day, despite what you may think from the shawl-twirling and the 'aye begorrah' turn of phrase – with Jamie Dornan playing her love interest Anthony, and both have been slammed for their leprechaun takes on the Irish brogue. But Wild Mountain Thyme is far from the first Hollywood film to be slated due to its dubious Oirish accents. It seems that very few non-Irish stars can nail the accent, but god love them, that doesn't mean they don't try.

For every Daisy Edgar Jones in Normal People, there's a Sean Connery in… well, quite a few films, so Emily and Jamie will be in good company in the awful Irish accent hall of fame. Tom played an Irish peasant who runs away to America in the second of three films made opposite ex-wife Nicole Kidman, and gives us the benchmark against which all bad Irish accents are measured. Despite sharing Celtic roots, it seems many Scots have trouble with the Irish accent – case in point, Gerard Butler in the adaptation of Cecelia Aherne's book. In fairness to Gerard, he later apologised for murdering the accent when he prepared to play a leprechaun in Movie 43, saying: 'The way I see it, I made a terrible botch of the accent once, so it can't get any worse as a leprechaun. Unfortunately, Movie 43 was widely considered one of the worst films ever made when it was released.

Sir Sean Connery in Darby O'Gill and the Little People The late Sir Sean Connery is one of the most iconic film stars of all time, but his Irish accent left a lot to be desired. The first major example was in the children's classic Darby O'Gill and the Little People, which apparently hears Sir Sean do an Irish accent. Sir Sean's accent in The Untouchables is considered to be the worst ever captured on screen by many, and it's a worthy competitor. It turns out Northern Irish accents are just as difficult for Americans to master, and Tommy Lee Jones and Jeff Bridges went head to head in producing a shocking brogue in Blown Away. Michael Collins is an all-time Irish classic, but Oscar-winner Julia just couldn't reach the standard of the movie with her Irish accent as she played Kitty Kiernan.

In another 'let's cast an American star as a member of the IRA' attempt, Brad Pitt could not get his mouth around a Belfast accent in this drama. Talking point: Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan in new movie Wild Mountain Thyme, set in Co Mayo Jamie Dornan has been criticised for his imitation of a southern Irish accent in his latest role, with claims he and his co-stars are carrying out "a crime against Irish accents." The trailer of Wild Mountain Thyme, a romantic comedy filmed in Co Mayo, has been shared on Twitter, where its stars have been teased for their attempt at Irish accents. Even Co-Down man Dornan was mocked for his attempt, as was British actress Emily Blunt and American star, Christopher Walken. The film, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, also stars Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken and tells a love story set against the landscapes of rural Ireland. With the trailer for Wild Mountain Thyme generating a loud, negative response online due to its tone-deaf Irish accents, we look at other movies that have failed to capture the cadences across our island.

Brosnan wowed onlookers with his uncanny resemblance to former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in The Foreigner, but his northern accent was wasn't quite so authentic, sounding like a mix of Scottish and Navan. Butler starred as the loveable Irishman Gerry Kennedy in this 2007 romantic tearjerker - but he butchered the Irish accent in the process. The Scot said his accent being roundly slammed by critics and viewers alike put him off ever trying a repeat performance. Pitt's ill-informed and unconvincing Belfast accent in this 1997 release is eye-wateringly bad and makes you want to press the 'mute' button every time he appears on screen. Pitt reportedly spent a few days hanging around west Belfast to perfect the accent.

far and away the worst film I have ever seen". A repeat offender, she played the part of Kitty Kiernan, who fell in love with Irish revolutionary Collins in this 1996 movie alongside Liam Neeson... In 2003, the actor's Irish twang in the 1987 film was voted the worst film accent of all time. Kevin Spacey played a stinker when it came to portraying the Belfast accent in this film. His attempts at a Northern Irish accent come out very cartoonish throughout. You'd have thought Irish director Thaddeus O'Sullivan and co-star Dublin bad boy Collin Farrell would have had a stern word with Spacey over his shocking accent. The trailer for Wild Mountain Thyme has hit the internet, and it's causing a quite a stir. The new movie follows Jamie Dornan's Anthony and Emily Blunt's Rosemary, two Irish country folk who are seemingly in love. However, Anthony's father Tony – played by Christopher Walken – considers handing their farm over to Anthony's American cousin Adam, played by Jon Hamm, and a love triangle forms. From the trailer, it looks like Anthony is going to have some difficulties winning Rosemary over after Adam rolls into town and takes Rosemary off on a trip to New York City. Wild Mountain Time is based on the Tony-nominated play Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley, who also wrote and directed the film. Despite Shanley's accolades, the Wild Mountain Thyme trailer hasn't been met with universal enthusiasm. A lot of social media users have been discussing the Irish accents – especially Christopher Walken's. Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain wrote on Twitter: "For the record, I could only manage half of the Wild Mountain Thyme trailer. For the record, I could only manage half of the Wild Mountain Thyme trailer. Sure Wild Mountain Thyme is cringeworthy but still not anywhere near that Star Trek episode where they beamed aboard a colony of dirty Irish redheads, but with strangely sexy knitwear you'd never find in Blarney Woolen Mills. Wild Mountain Thyme will be released on December 11 2020, so we can look forward to hearing more of Walken's Irish accent quite soon. A trailer is all that Ireland has seen of Hollywood's latest romantic comedy, but that has been enough to declare an Irish accent emergency. Wild Mountain Thyme stars Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan as star-crossed lovers – and farmers – on an emerald isle posing as Ireland. Gobsmacked reaction on Wednesday speculated that the film, to be released next month, would outdo Tom Cruise's 1992 drama Far and Away for paddywhackery cliches and dodgy accents. "Even we think this is a bit much," tweeted the National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland, as a social media pile-on gathered steam. Twitter critics said Dornan had little excuse for a ropey accent since he was from Northern Ireland. Filmed in County Mayo, Wild Mountain Thyme stars Christopher Walken, as the father of Dornan's character, and Jon Hamm, who plays an American and thus escapes accent scrutiny. The Irish Times film critic Donald Clarke had a question for the director, John Patrick Shanley: "What in the name of holy bejaysus and all the suffering saints is this benighted cowpat?" "To be fair, Irish accents are hard (we struggle with them at times)," it tweeted. And, in Jamie Dornan & Emily Blunt, presents a remarkably realistic depiction, visually at least, of the average Irish man & woman. Shanley, an Irish American from New York, adapted the film from his play, Outside Mullingar, that ran on Broadway in 2014. The full trailer for Jamie Dornan's latest movie was released last night prompting criticism from some over the 'dodgy' Irish accents. Wild Mountain Thyme is a romantic drama which follows the story of an Irish family where conflicts arise when the patriarch threatens to give their farm over to an American nephew as opposed to his own son. Jamie Dornan plays the role of Anthony Reilly alongside love interest Emily Blunt as Rosemary Muldoon and the film is set in Co Mayo. Emily Blunt's character Rosemary has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly's love but it seems Anthony (Jamie Dornan) is oblivious to his admirer and is furious by his own father's plans to sell the family farm to his American nep After the first full trailer was released on social media on Tuesday night, critics were out in force poking fun at the 'worst Irish accents ever'. One Twitter user commented: "And the prize for the worst Irish accent for the past decade goes too.... And Jamie Dornan is Irish, but sounds like he's eaten a box of lucky charms." One likened it to Sean Connery in Darby O'Gill and the Lttle People saying: "Jamie Dornan got his accent straight from Sean Connery in Darby O'Gill. Speaking to journalist Elizabeth Day on her How to Fail podcast, Dornan admitted he wears his failures "like a badge of honour" and although fans may not believe it, he said there's plenty of them. If that sounds right up your street then follow Belfast Live's brand new lifestyle page Be. You can find us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram. Wild Mountain Thyme is set for release on December 11, 2020.