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Is This Accent Real Or Fake?

Dialect coach, you're fired.

Posted on November 18, 2014, at 4:17 p.m. ET

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Disclaimer: Individual accents vary within country, state, region, and the quality of dialect coach on a particular project. Can you guess which of these accents are straight up phony and which ones aren't?

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  1. Is this guy's British accent the same one he uses to call his mum?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's real!

    That is Andrew Lincoln playing Alan King in the 2003 BBC miniseries "The Canterbury Tales." His American accent might convince you when he's playing Rick Grimes in "The Walking Dead," but he's a Brit through and through!

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  1. Is this woman's American accent real or not?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's fake!

    That is Carey Mulligan playing the bereaved wife of an American soldier in the dark 2009 film "Brothers." Though she's used an American accent in several films like "Drive" and "Shame," she's BAFTA-trained and was born in Westminster, London.

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  1. Is this the actor's natural accent or something he learned after painstaking work with a coach?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    HAHAHAHAHA yeah no, that's not Keanu's regular speech pattern

    Oh Keanu. How did this accent even happen? In your own wise words, Keanu, we all have to be like...WHOA.

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  1. Is this the actor's normal speech pattern or a brogue he's putting on?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Yep, that's real!

    Though lots of people know him as Littlefinger from "Game of Thrones" or Mayor Carcetti in "The Wire," Aiden Gillen spoke in the accent he grew up with in Drumcondra, Ireland for this role as Stuart Allen Jones in "Queer as Folk."

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  1. Is that a genuine Cuban accent or nah?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Yeesh, that accent is absolutely not real.

    All due respect to Mr. Pacino, but that accent as Cuban refugee Tony Montana in "Scarface" is garbage..."MAIIIIN."

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  1. Is that American accent the real deal?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's fake!

    That's David Tennant, who's probably best known for his role as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, in which he spoke with an Estuary English accent. He puts on an American accent in FOX's Gracepoint, but neither of those are the real: His natural voice is a Scottish brogue.

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  1. Is this Australian accent the one this actor uses when chilling at home with friends?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's real!

    That's Rachel Griffiths, who's found fame in the U.S. with an American accent two times over — first in Six Feet Under, then in Brothers & Sisters. But her natural voice can be heard in the 1994 Australian film Muriel's Wedding.

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  1. Was this actor born and raised in Baltimore?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's fake!

    That's Idris Elba, fooling our ears as Baltimorean drug kingpin Stringer Bell in The Wire. In real life, Elba speaks (and raps, and breaks hearts) with a Cockney accent.

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  1. Is this the voice of a British woman speaking ~authentically~?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's fake!

    It's Renee Zellweger — the Texan who was so good at masking her American accent, she was allowed to bring the Bridget Jones franchise to life.

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