My friend Brian sent me this link a while back featuring some of the worst accents in film. It's relevant because according to Sean Nelson at MSN, Russell Crowe's character in American Gangster has no handle on a good New York accent. I write this knowing full well that Crowe may chuck a phone at my head at any time. But I will defend myself saying that I have yet to see the movie, so feel free to comment on whether this statement is correct. I think it's interesting that an accent would ever turn out bad. Is an accent not as important as say, directing? Or editing? If you don't buy the accent, you don't buy the character and then suddenly that character is the weak link of the whole movie. Especially if the movie is based on true characters such as American Gangster. Of course it's a question of the actor, but wouldn't they have the accent down before the camera's rolled? And if they didn't have it down, why roll the cameras? Or why not get another actor? I guess I just don't get it.
Here are some other bad accents of note.
Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins
Brad Pitt in The Devil's Own
Angelina Jolie in Alexander
Gary Oldman in State Of Grace
Uma Thurman in Henry & June
Tim Robbins in Mystic River
Winona Ryder in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Forrest Whitaker in The Crying Game
Liam Neeson in Schindler's List
And the special "Hey Thar" worst accent award goes to Kevin Costner for Robin Hood:Prince Of Thieves, JFK, A Perfect World and Thirteen Days.