12 Fake Celebrity Accents: The Good, the Bad, and the Terrible

Singer, songwriter, and virtually beloved by the whole world, Paul McCartney switched accents with Jimmy Fallon on last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. We found out that while there is nothing Sir McCartney can’t do musically, he just doesn’t have an ear for accents.

Jimmy and Paul bumped into each other and “switched accents.” Paul’s American accent is terrible!

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Paul is not the first celebrity to try out an accent. David Tennant will join the cast of the American version of the UK’s critically-acclaimed Broadchurch with an American accent next year. Many celebrities have attempted a fake accent for film and television. Some have succeeded and some have failed miserably, Gov-nuh.

Take a look!

  • The Best and Worst Celebrity Accents 1 of 13
  • Gwyneth Paltrow 2 of 13
    Gwyneth Paltrow wears shirt with a plunging neckline and suit for a Hugo Boss photo shoot in Los Angeles

    Gwyneth Paltrow has a passable English accent and has used it on-screen in Emma and Sliding Doors. Living in the U.K. has probably helped her perfect it. One can imagine her lapsing into it at will when ordering the nanny to dry brush the children.

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  • Tatiana Maslaney 3 of 13
    ?Tatiana Maslany? promotes her show 'Orphan Black' at the CTV Upfronts

    Tatiana Maslaney, the break-out star from Orphan Black, is killing it with her accents. On the show she plays 5+ clones who all have different accents, mannerisms, and cadences. She pulls if off effortlessly.

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  • Elizabeth McGovern 4 of 13
    Elizabeth McGovern attending the press launch of the new series of 'Downton Abbey' at The May Fair Hotel in London

    Oh, Lady Cora—No. That's not how Americans talk, even if they have lived at Downton Abbey for half their lives and had unfortunate spill on a slippery bar of soap. You're actually an American. You must stop it.

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  • Kevin Costner 5 of 13
    Kevin Costner chats on the phone and waves to fans as he heads out of a thermatology office in Los Angeles

    Kevin Costner played Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991 and it's not clear whether he failed miserably at an English accent or didn't even try to speak with an English accent. Either way, it wasn't easy on the ears.

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  • Gillian Anderson 6 of 13
    Gillian Anderson attends the Orange British Academy Film Awards

    Gillian Anderson has a lovely British accent and put it to good use as Mrs. Havisham in the British mini-series Great Expectations.

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  • Keanu Reeves 7 of 13
    Keanu Reeves seen leaving The Trump Hotel in Toronto

    No one knows what kind of accent Keanu Reeves was attempting in Bram Stoker's Dracula. All we know is this: It's not good.

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  • Renee Zellweger 8 of 13
    Renee Zellweger seen making her way through LAX airport

    Renee Zellweger is actually from Texas, which makes her awful southern accent in Cold Mountain unfathomable. Ever the equal opportunist, her British accent stinks too.

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  • Ewan McGregor 9 of 13
    Actor Ewan McGregor, who is unrecognizable with his black hair and mustache, probably for a new movie seen leaving Salon Benjamin in West Hollywood

    He's so talented and darling but, sadly, his American accent in Black Hawk Down was just no good.

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  • Daniel Day-Lewis 10 of 13
    Actor Daniel Day Lewis, wearing a long grey over coat and holding a book in his hand seen out and about at West Village in New York City

    Daniel Day-Lewis does impeccable accents and he should probably give lessons to Paul McCartney, if Paul McCartney cared at all. London-born Day-Lewis handles Irish, British, or American with ease.

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  • Dick Van Dyke 11 of 13
    Dick Van Dyke attends the premiere of the new film "Mr. Popper's Penguins", held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood

    Dick Van Dyke is a national treasure. But, let's be honest, his "Cockney" accent as Burt in Mary Poppins was a travesty.

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  • Andrew Garfield 12 of 13
    Andrew Garfield takes his golden retriever Ren for a walk in Tribeca, New York City

    Surprise! Andrew Garfield is neither Brazilian (like his character in The Social Networknor American (like Spider Man). He's American-born but was raised in London by his British mom and American dad. No wonder he's so good with accents.

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  • Hugh Laurie 13 of 13
    "House" star Hugh Laurie arrives at the GQ Awards held in London

    Oxford-born Hugh Laurie used an American accent on House M.D. for 8 seasons, and viewers were none the wiser. Well done, Hugh.

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