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The Best and Worst Irish Accents

Video: Who Has the Best (or Worst) Irish Accent?

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we've gathered six sexy stars who've taken on the Irish accent onscreen. From Brad Pitt turning in two performances, to Colin Farrell calling upon his real-life accent, take a listen in this PopSugar special, and let us know who you think had the best (or worst) Irish accent!

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Okay, Bob. You're good here. Hit me hard. Something like that. Cheers. When these 6 guys play fighting Irishmen on the big screen they got to be spirited and oftentimes shirtless. But who did the tricky Irish accent the best? In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, we've rounded up their work so you could decide. I did well tonight. Didn't I? Let's start with Tom Cruise. Tom tapped into his own ancestry when he played an Irish immigrant in 1992's Far and Away. Planting what I want. Oats, corn, potatoes, God knows that potatoes. I told ya, I warned ya. Brad Pitt He broke out his best Irish accent for his role in 1997's The Devil's Own, and again just a few years later in Snatch. Now save your breath for claiming your prize. Have I made myself clear about it? I should know this, darling, but, are you mad at me? The Scottish Gerard Butler switched things up for P.S. I Love You spreading lots of green and wearing lots of green and even dancing a sexy jig while dressed in four-leaf clover patterned boxers. Why can't I meet a cute, carefree Irish guy who sings all the time? 'Cause you can't sing without making dogs bark? I come from a long, long line of Dingle O'Brady Callaghan's. British actor Matthew Goode also tried out the accent during his turn as an Irish innkeeper in Leap Year. Will you marry me? It's getting damp around here, so I want you to be, Anna from Bassan. Be of good cheer, it's Christmas. Then there's David Boreanaz, who showed off his language skills when Angel had a flashback on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A man playing his cards should have a natural intelligence or a great great deal of money, and you're sadly lacking in both. My name's Syracuse, people call me [xx]. And finally Ireland native Colin Farrel called upon his real-life accent to play a father and fisherman in 2009's Ondine. I've been sober two years seven months and eighteen days. This is where they all clap, father. Where'd you see that, in the movies? Yes. OK. OK, so Colin may have if we had a leg up on the language. But before you decide who did the dialect the best, here's what these leading men had to say about their own performances. Accents are either they bring you into the character or they keep you away from the character. It's one or two extremes. Accents have never been my strong points. If in doubt with your Irish accent, you know, stick your beard on and it should should go fairly well. I would like to apologize to the nation of Ireland for completely abusing your accent. Let us know who's accent you think could have used a little more magic and who you think hit it on the head.

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Renees3 Renees3 3 years
Obviously not the really terrible fake accents, but yes the so thick you're not sure it's still English? Yes, there are those people in Ireland. We met a couple artisans in some tiny towns that my husband literally couldn't understand, I was translating for him haha
Monocle Monocle 3 years
Renees3 - You say that "there totally ARE people that sound like these accents". Not unless they were teasing you! :) The only authentic one there is Colin Farrell, but then he is Irish. Johnny Depp was particularly awful in Chocolat.
Renees3 Renees3 3 years
I thought Tom was the wrost, it was that over the top, hobbit sounding irish. I spent my honeymoon in Ireland and I will say that there totally ARE people that sound like these accents. It's definitely one of my favorite accents, always musical sounding, even Brad Pitt's from Snatch (which I LOVE)
terree terree 3 years
I give it to Colin by default, but Brad Pitt had the most hillarious on-purpose mumbling Irish accent, ever in Snatch.
ojoba ojoba 3 years
Colin definitely, Micheal J. Fox as Martin Seamus"Marty" McFly Sr. from The  Back to the Future Trilogy is a favorite.
beeb1983 beeb1983 3 years
Worst isn't any of Brad or Tom (and obviously couldn't be Colin)- the worst 'Oirish' accent of all time goes to Mr Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, for his dire turn in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
KarKarB24 KarKarB24 3 years
Colin definitely has the advantage, but all the guys did pretty well, no? (Although, Brad was a bit hard to understand!)
Frida83 Frida83 3 years
Isn't it pretty obvious that Colin would be the best since he's actually Irish?
ladeejazz ladeejazz 3 years
Why Colin of course!!
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