Top 10 Actors Who Can Pull Off Foreign Accents

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  • Published on Nov 9, 2014
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  • IzzyIsBusy
    IzzyIsBusy 19 hours ago +1

    Gary Oldman perfected the Russian accent when he voiced Reznov in black ops

  • Alan Kryszak
    Alan Kryszak Day ago

    Hugh Laurie literally made a director think he was an American during his audition.....

  • 阿灵
    阿灵 2 days ago

    And Mortensen is the only person of these can speak elven language...

  • Mason Garber
    Mason Garber 2 days ago

    Wtf you guys dont know shit mike myers ? Were is he ???

  • START THE CONVERSATION James Tate iii

    I wish this list would have pointed out or listed birth accent of ALL and what they did

  • START THE CONVERSATION James Tate iii

    When i watched HOUSE and then saw an interview of hugh Laurie...i was shocked. I said why he talking like that? Flawless American accent

  • David Barrett
    David Barrett 3 days ago

    What about sherlock holmes for Robert downey jr

  • AmazinglyPotato
    AmazinglyPotato 3 days ago

    RDJ is the only white actor who can pull off blackface and still be chill with it because he’s simply that good

  • IShipBullshit
    IShipBullshit 3 days ago +1

    EXCUSE ME WHERE IS TOM HARDY

  • Black Hood
    Black Hood 3 days ago +1

    colin and hugh and Robert Downey and Christian bale and DiCaprio and heath and idris and Gary are my favourites 😅❤

  • Black Hood
    Black Hood 3 days ago

    number 10 is amazing 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  • Stephan Legault
    Stephan Legault 3 days ago +1

    Gary Oldman is the best actor of my generation

  • cranberries45
    cranberries45 4 days ago

    Guy Pearce should be on this list too.

  • Manuel A. Alvarez
    Manuel A. Alvarez 4 days ago

    You missed Tom Hardy and didn't mention any female actors.

  • Rowler laugh409
    Rowler laugh409 4 days ago

    Robert De Niro anyone???

  • Kee Char
    Kee Char 4 days ago +1

    Might as well name this list “list of Best British actors”

  • a.c.t ants
    a.c.t ants 4 days ago

    You forgot christoph waltz!!!

  • Matthew Grey
    Matthew Grey 5 days ago

    Is this only in english speaking accents? Because Meryl streep shouls be on here

  • Bryce Arnold
    Bryce Arnold 5 days ago

    Leonardo probably pulled off the WORST South African accent. There are subtle nuances that make it very recognizable and unique. Andy Serkis pulled it off in Age of Ultron and is widely praised for it.

  • Chi Me
    Chi Me 5 days ago

    ⚔️Everyone in Game of Thrones are accent chameleons. 🏰🏰🏰The way they act in American movies and other accents in other shows/movies are excellent. Best Show! Best Cast! Best Everything!🌄 RIP GOT🌅

  • Mick Faithful
    Mick Faithful 6 days ago

    Morgan Freeman

  • Mick Faithful
    Mick Faithful 6 days ago

    Gary Oldman, seriously????? Y'all might as well put Mike Myers on this list (definitely joking, but still)..... And let's give Denzel Washington some love please, he's top 5 easy... Don't sleep on Tom Hanks

  • Dmitriy Martynov
    Dmitriy Martynov 6 days ago

    Wolverine is Canadian

  • Casey Thomas
    Casey Thomas 6 days ago +1

    Giancarlo Esposito?
    Chiwitel Efijor?
    Anton Yechlin?
    Jeffrey Wright?

  • ChristianBaleBatman
    ChristianBaleBatman 6 days ago

    Leonardo di Caprio is too high on the list. In Gangs of New York he does not sound irish at all.
    He is a good actor, no doubt. I am not a hater. But putting him infront of Christian Bale. Are you serious?

  • Nathan Parfitt
    Nathan Parfitt 6 days ago

    No Tim Roth?

  • CoraMendi
    CoraMendi 6 days ago

    I'm in France now and sorry, but Sellers doesn't get the french R or S right. And Wolverine is Canadian :p Aaaand Mortensen (whose Spanish basic accent is Argentinian, having grown up there) has a flawless Leonés accent as well (as seen in Alatriste).

  • dg Pepper
    dg Pepper 6 days ago

    I guess this is just a men’s list. It does say actors. Margot Robbie is great tho. Tonya Harding, that movie w Leo where she had the jersey accent, wolf of wall st. And others where she uses an American accent

  • Stan Gable
    Stan Gable 7 days ago

    Leonardo DiCaprio did a shit Long Island accent - you’d need to be from New York to tell.

  • Pizza goes splat
    Pizza goes splat 7 days ago

    Hugh Laurie, Christopher Walking and Micheal Fassbender?

  • Pizza goes splat
    Pizza goes splat 7 days ago +2

    As much as I like Di Caprio but that was a bad South African and Irish accent

  • Soyel Rai
    Soyel Rai 8 days ago

    what about al pacino?

  • toby rain fam
    toby rain fam 8 days ago

    Ian glien did a superb American accent in kick ass 2 and a amazing English accent in game of thrones diaspore being Scottish

  • ace24680
    ace24680 8 days ago

    wait... what ?????? how ???? i had no idea he was in last of the mohicans watched that as a kid and saw him in many other films but not once did that come to mind

  • kalvig123
    kalvig123 9 days ago +1

    I was going to get pissed that Daniel Day Lewis wasn’t #1 until I saw Gary Oldman was in the top spot, he is truly amazing at accents

  • diego oyanedel
    diego oyanedel 9 days ago

    Viggo mortensen es argentino

  • Returning Shadow
    Returning Shadow 9 days ago

    YOu missed Viggo's southwestern southern accent in Young Guns 2 and Christian Bale's thick New York accent in Newsies.

  • Sonam Nanglu
    Sonam Nanglu 10 days ago

    Wolverine aka Logan is a Canadian not American character. Mojo would have been more accurate to have said North American.

  • Sven Luketić
    Sven Luketić 10 days ago

    ok oldman is no1 but pitt is close second

  • Isaac Vargas
    Isaac Vargas 10 days ago

    Hugh Jackman's most famous character is canadian

  • Isaac Vargas
    Isaac Vargas 10 days ago

    Peter sellers was brilliant

  • International Harvester

    Brüno was soooo damn funny, getting chased by Heredi😁

  • Michael John
    Michael John 10 days ago

    Gary O is the top.

  • Oscar Lundberg
    Oscar Lundberg 11 days ago +1

    What about Peter Stormare!?

  • Trent Wilkie
    Trent Wilkie 11 days ago

    Wolverine is a Canadian character.

  • Idatex
    Idatex 11 days ago

    Although these two actors always play bad guys i was ALWAYS hardpressed to figure out their nationalities. So look them up once you see them and their movies you'll say oh yeah, him! They are underrated. Andrew Divoff speaks Venenzuelian(native tongue), English, Spanish, Russian, Italian, French, Catalan, German 8 languages! (Toy Soldiers, wishmaster. ) used to speak Romanian but no friends who spoke it so he is not as fluent. Next is Joaquin de Almeida speaks Portuguese (native tongue), English, Spanish,French, Italian & German (Fast and Furious, Clear and Present Danger. To name a few. Check em out! Now these actors are REALLY IMPRESSIVE with their multi languages

  • Prenk Harty
    Prenk Harty 11 days ago

    Chadwick MF Boseman

  • WilliamParadise
    WilliamParadise 12 days ago

    I love the Australian accent it’s a mixture of Boston and British.

  • codenamerishi
    codenamerishi 13 days ago

    Viggo Mortensen did great Italian accent in The Green Book

  • SA Inja woof
    SA Inja woof 13 days ago

    NO JUST NO!! Leo DeCaprio's accent in "Blood Diamond," was not spot on. It was barely passable. Matt Damon did a much better job in "Invictus." Southern African accents are some of the most difficult to copy.

  • Aanay Bhatt
    Aanay Bhatt 13 days ago

    Robin Williams????

  • Jason D Law
    Jason D Law 14 days ago

    Wolverine is not American 🤦‍♂️

  • Sam Larkworthy
    Sam Larkworthy 15 days ago

    Firstly I’ve never heard an American do a good job of an Australian accent and rdj is no exception. Secondly, where is Fred Armisen??!!!?!??!

  • Sydney Hardin
    Sydney Hardin 16 days ago +29

    How Christoph waltz didn't make this list blows my mind

    • Luke Robson
      Luke Robson Day ago +1

      I think it's less accents for him and more just that he's native in multiple languages.
      Also, his tortured gurgling is heard at the end of the clip ㅋㅋㅋ

    • Jack Ideias
      Jack Ideias 2 days ago

      START THE CONVERSATION James Tate iii A very good actor from Austria I believe, he won awards for his performance in the movie inglorious basterds

    • START THE CONVERSATION James Tate iii
      START THE CONVERSATION James Tate iii 2 days ago

      Not to be rude...who is he?

  • Email Schmemail
    Email Schmemail 17 days ago

    Now we need a top 10 ACTRESSES list just to see the nine who come behind Meryl Streep.

  • David G
    David G 17 days ago

    Viggo as Lalin in Carlito's Way. Fuckin flawless accent & Spanglish.

  • Ron Lewis
    Ron Lewis 17 days ago

    been watching some of these older videos and you have to love how their point of view sways on certain actors based on the times

  • carlos enrique valle cruz
    carlos enrique valle cruz 18 days ago +11

    Me: daniel Day-Lewis in second place?!?! Who could be better than him?!!!!
    Mojo: Gary oldman
    Me: *pikachu face*

  • Justin Pybus
    Justin Pybus 18 days ago

    What?! No mention of Tom Hardy!

  • Adriana Zea-Smith
    Adriana Zea-Smith 19 days ago +1

    Where's Hugh Laurie? He should at least have an honorable mention.

  • Bardo
    Bardo 19 days ago

    9:42
    Fassbender is one of the worse actors in terms of accents. He has Irish accent with hints of German. This has prevented him from producing convincing performances of characters’ with accent different to his own

  • Nathan Bishop MacDonald

    Wolverine is Canadian!

  • callum hutchison
    callum hutchison 19 days ago

    Christopher waltz is actually number 1.

  • Valley Girl
    Valley Girl 20 days ago

    Where's Mike Meyers?

  • Dan Witzke
    Dan Witzke 20 days ago

    Excuse me. Wolverine is Canadian. We Americans are unworthy of Hugh Jackman.

  • Mbrayce_S _
    Mbrayce_S _ 20 days ago

    Chadwick

  • Demo Cast Joe
    Demo Cast Joe 20 days ago

    Gary Oldman with a Russian accent (mainly call of duty)

  • Alexandra Hempsall
    Alexandra Hempsall 21 day ago

    OMG in madagascar i tjought that was mike meyers

  • Milø
    Milø 21 day ago

    Leo’s British accent sounds like a British person doing a bad British accent on purpous

  • Faiq Hashmi
    Faiq Hashmi 22 days ago

    They missed Johnny Depp. The guy's done so many accents he forgot his original accent and he's a great actor. The James whitey Bulger in black mass, Jack sparrow pirates of the Caribbean, donnie bravo and so many more

  • Seeking Delphi
    Seeking Delphi 24 days ago

    Guy Pearce is pretty damned good at this as well.

  • Andrea Samardzija
    Andrea Samardzija 24 days ago

    Why did the Sellers segment feature a clip of David Niven in the middle?

  • Michael Bressler
    Michael Bressler 25 days ago

    Really good list. Are there any female contenders?

  • Matthew Patrick
    Matthew Patrick 25 days ago

    Ja, us white Southern Africans haven't forgotten Leo's terrible accent in Blood Diamond. Almost as bad as Matt Damon's and Morgan Freeman's in Invictus. Yeesh!

  • Soham Halder
    Soham Halder 25 days ago

    cillian murphy and tom hardy

  • Kat Alday
    Kat Alday 25 days ago

    Gary Oldman & Viggo Mortenson are my "go too" guys for all my sex dreams!

  • Sowdeep Biswas
    Sowdeep Biswas 26 days ago +2

    Sharlto Copley's name should have been there in ' honourable mentions' list....!!

    • Matthew Patrick
      Matthew Patrick 25 days ago

      I agree! He can do many different American and British accents.

  • Peyman Norouzi
    Peyman Norouzi 26 days ago

    Richard Roxburgh?!

  • Clayton Baker
    Clayton Baker 26 days ago

    Viggo doesn’t give a shit about celebrity, he cares more about his craft
    P.S. Watchmojo:
    Wolverine isn’t American

  • SiVlog
    SiVlog 26 days ago

    Daniel Brühl would be worth a spot on this list. Not only has he performed roles in 3 different languages (English, Spanish and his native German), he has also done different accents and dialects in those languages as well. A case in point was his portrayal of Niki Lauda in Rush. Although on paper Niki Lauda spoke German, being an Austrian, the dialect is very different to the standard German (Hochdeutsch) and he even nailed the way Niki Lauda spoke English with the same distinctive accent

  • timothyHC1
    timothyHC1 26 days ago +3

    Brad Pitt should have been number 1 on this list for his excellent Italian in Inglorius Bastards!
    GORLAMI...

  • Alfonso Calderon
    Alfonso Calderon 27 days ago

    Yeah, there are crazy Americans. Rich ones. You better just kill them all for the good of many. Letting them live everyday will cost precious lives in this world which is the reason why God will destroy this world completely. These dumb pinheads rebelling against God is laughable.

  • Cordell Bradley
    Cordell Bradley 28 days ago

    Johnny Depp

  • Mudder Fukker
    Mudder Fukker 29 days ago

    Lewis and Oldman at the top of all Actors list you can’t fail. Oldman has been my personal fav for decades and Lewis? Jeez, those two guys are fucking BEASTS, and yet Oldman has no Oscars. *THATS FUCKED UP*

    • Pascale Beaudoin
      Pascale Beaudoin 28 days ago

      Yes, Oldman has an Oscar since last year (for Darkest Hour). JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE. :)

  • nicolas ocampo
    nicolas ocampo Month ago

    Robin Williams :)

  • Buraku
    Buraku Month ago

    Wolverine’s Canadian
    Bale is Welsh. You literally said he was born in Wales then 1 minute later called him an “English” actor...

  • Lisa Ågren
    Lisa Ågren Month ago +2

    Wait... we’re not gonna talk about Robert Downey Jr’s blackface?? What is up with that?

    • fatal gonnorhea
      fatal gonnorhea 16 days ago +1

      Lisa Ågren yeah, i need to see the film i think to fully understand but i think it’s still risky. unless it’s definitely needed like in a historic film about white people being bad to black people you know? but i don’t think it was needed probably, and apparently although his black friends thought it was funny robert feels uncomfortable talking about it 😳oof

    • Lisa Ågren
      Lisa Ågren 16 days ago +1

      fatal gonnorhea oooooh hahaha I didn’t get that, sorry. Yeah I agree it’s kind of a wierd role anyways

    • fatal gonnorhea
      fatal gonnorhea 16 days ago

      @Lisa Ågren no lol he was playing a white man who did blackface for some reason essential to the comedy? im not sure lol I cant remember but theres videos on it if you want, im still not sure how I feel though

    • Lisa Ågren
      Lisa Ågren 16 days ago

      fatal gonnorhea wait is he playing a black racist man? Something doesn’t add up hahah

    • fatal gonnorhea
      fatal gonnorhea 16 days ago +1

      Lisa Ågren yeah i looked into it and watched some videos about this, apparently he’s playing someone who’s racist or something so it’s purposeful to the plot, but still...

  • Kobi
    Kobi Month ago

    This list is a joke

  • Lynn Marie Bridges
    Lynn Marie Bridges Month ago

    Stop teasing certain examples of accents by showing the clip w/o allowing the audience to hear each.

  • yngcalico
    yngcalico Month ago

    top 10 actors who can act

  • Gonzalo Komel
    Gonzalo Komel Month ago +1

    Viggo Mortensen olso speaks fluent spanish because he grew up in Argentina and Venezuela, he has the Argentinan accent.

  • Dallis Murphy
    Dallis Murphy Month ago

    Oh dear. Most of the enties on this list are verbal caricatures.

  • Jacob Lewis
    Jacob Lewis Month ago

    You point out Christian Bale was born in Wales then call him English. If I called people from Texas, Mexican, they wouldn't accept that.

  • Erik Berggren
    Erik Berggren Month ago

    If the swede Peter stormare isn’t there ima kill someone in mojo

  • Carla Veronica Enrico

    I think you forgot Martin Freeman. The man is brilliant in Fargo and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot nailing impeccably both minnesotan and scottish accent. He should at least be considered as an honorable mention

  • jaxsonlee10
    jaxsonlee10 Month ago

    You missed Tom Hardy.

  • Mike Hawke
    Mike Hawke Month ago

    Hmm, no Don Cheadle?

  • Ryan Mcdaniel
    Ryan Mcdaniel Month ago

    How is Tom hardy not on this list he doesn't just do accent he can do any dialect. Also sasha baron Coen shouldn't be on this list his accents are stereo typical not authentic

  • Cinique LeNoir
    Cinique LeNoir Month ago

    Wolverine is actually Canadian.

  • Fusco
    Fusco Month ago

    Decaprio is a great actor but his Irish accent is fucking shit