Movies, Music, Showbiz, Television

Celebrity Accent Changes | Jamie Tuohy

Everyone remembers Tom Cruise’s AWFUL attempt at an Irish accent in Far and Away. His potato-wielding, leprechaun accent was truly horrendous and sadly he isn’t the only star to annihilate the Irish tones.  Of course, actors and actresses will be required to change their accent to suit the dialect of their character’s origins and therefore, in pop culture, there are a host of good, bad and downright strange accent impressions floating around. Here are some of the best and worst, and also, I’ve decided to take a look at some stars who have randomly changed their accent to suit their image, or in some cases, to cling onto their dwindling relevance.

The Good:

Hugh Laurie


As Dr. Gregory House, in the TV show House, Hugh Laurie’s American accent is impeccable. It’s not surprising that most people are shocked to learn that Laurie is British, hailing from Oxford, and found fame alongside Stephen Fry in Blackadder and Fry and Laurie.

Ed Westwick

As the smooth-talking Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl, British actor Ed Westwick has mastered the Upper-East Side lingo and managed to pull off a seriously impressive New York accent.

Cate Blanchett

Portraying the life and death of tragic Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin, Cate Blanchett delivered a poignant and convincing performance and her mastery of the Irish accent was spot-on!

The Bad

Tom Cruise:

No words. That accent was extremely FAR and a long way AWAY from Ireland.

Mischa Barton

Considering Mischa Barton was born in Britain, one would expect her impression of her mother tongue to be slightly better than the disastrous effort she put forth in St. Trinians. As JJ French, she scarcely even  tried to mimic British tones.

Brad Pitt

And once again, we have a case of the destruction of an Irish accent on the big screen. Brad’s imitation of the Irish brogue was bad enough in The Devil’s Own to last us a lifetime. Why he decided to break it out again in Snatch, I’ll never know. Accents, as Pitt has admitted, aren’t his strong point. Too true Brad, too true!

The Suspicious:

Nadine Coyle

“I’m from Derry. Date of birth: 15/6/85, making me a Gemini and … what date of birth did I say there?” Remember that? Nadine Coyle’s infamous lie on the Irish Popstars show is testament to the old adage of “every cloud has a silver lining.” Since becoming 1/5 of Girls Aloud, Nadine has become a bigger star than she ever could have as part of Six. She now resides in LA and consequently, has adopted a hilarious transatlantic accent, comprising of a strong Derry tone and strange Californian inflections.


Give me strength. Madge, you were born in Detroit. Where are you going with the London accent? Get a grip, woman!

Victoria Beckham

VB has undergone a metamorphosis in recent years, swapping the champagne, WAG lifestyle, for a sophisticated career as a fashion designer and world-renowned style icon. Long gone are the days of her ‘zig-ah-zig-ahh-ing’, as Victoria has lost her Essex twang and traded it in for a more fashion-friendly accent.

Movies, Showbiz

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Set to Marry this Weekend | Jamie Tuohy

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to marry in the South of France this weekend, after whisking their brood and extended family off to the French Riviera.

The couple, who got engaged in April and have six children together are said to be tying the knot this weekend in their French chateau, but locals are claiming to know nothing about the impending nuptials.

Brad’s parents, Jane and Bill are in France, along with Angelina’s private jeweller, Robert Procop, who made Angelina’s engagement ring.

The event is being billed as a celebration of Brad’s parents’ wedding anniversary, but it is widely believed that Brangelina will tie the knot in a secret ceremony, surrounded by family and close friends, which will include Brad’s best mate, George Clooney.

George is apparently one of 20 people on the guest list and is expected to attend the weekend nuptials of the couple who met on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005.

J’attends avec impatience!

Men's Fashion, Showbiz

Cannes 2012: Best Dressed Men – Jamie Tuohy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, you’ll be fully aware that the annual Cannes Film Festival is in fully swing, with the world’s most talented and glamorous superstars descending on the French Riviera for the festival’s 65th year.

 The prestigious festival which is running until May 27th celebrates the finest new films and documentaries from around the world. For the past few days, stars such as Eva Longoria, Cheryl Cole, Heidi Klum and Jane Fonda have paraded on the red carpet outside the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, dazzling onlookers with their showcases in stunning haute couture.

Le Festival International du Film de Cannes is undoubtedly the most publicised film festival in the world and has become an important platform for portraying various genres of European film. However, the event has also become a fashion extravaganza, which is possibly even more important than the Oscars. Whilst the Oscars often present loud images of glamour and celebrity, the Cannes Film Festival is an altogether more refined occasion but it also one where style never dominates over film. The main focus is on film, but movie stars posing for photographers has become an integral part of the festival’s tradition.

 The focus tends to be on the female stars and their choice of dress, but I decided that it was only right to give credit to the gents who make an equally respectable effort to get spruced up and don their Sunday best for the world’s paparazzi. Whether they’re partying on a yacht or walking the red carpet, these guys know that Cannes is the place to garner some serious fashion stripes. There have been classic tuxedos, relaxed suits and anti-conventionalists wearing jeans (Kanyé West, I’m looking at you) and as the event culminates with tonight’s presentation of the Palme d’Or, we expect more displays of sartorial magnificence.

 Here’s my pick of the best dressed men at Cannes 2012:


Ewan McGregor


Zac Efron


Chris Pine


Robert Pattinson


Kanyé West with his new girlfriend Kim Kardashian


Brad Pitt