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25th Aug '17 4:59:44 AM jormis29
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* Irish actor Jason O'Mara got to use his native accent when an episode of the American adaptation of ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2008}}'' had his character, American detective Sam Tyler, go undercover as an Irishman. In America!

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* Irish actor Jason O'Mara Creator/JasonOMara got to use his native accent when an episode of the American adaptation of ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2008}}'' had his character, American detective Sam Tyler, go undercover as an Irishman. In America!
1st Aug '17 9:06:04 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** It sounded a bit like he was lapsing into [[{{Literature/Redwall}} molespeak.]] "Oi'm just an owld frriend of Xanderrrrrr's . . . Oh, to hell with it, I'm your man."
** It's also later revealed that Spike has aristocratic origins and the accent he usually uses is another part of his fabricated punk image. So in the above scene we're watching an American pretending to be an upper-class Brit pretending to be a lower-class Brit pretending to be an American.
1st Aug '17 9:05:14 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* An in-universe variation in ''Film/RockStar'': Steel Dragon's guitarist Kirk (played by Englishman Dominic West -- see ''Series/TheWire'' example) calls Chris to invite him to audition to be the band's new lead singer, but Chris thinks it's his own band's guitarist pranking him and says "your English accent is even worse than your guitar playing" and hangs up. Kirk calls him again and says "there's not much I can do about the accent, but what do you suggest I do about the guitar playing?"

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* An in-universe variation in ''Film/RockStar'': Steel Dragon's guitarist Kirk (played by Englishman Dominic West -- see ''Series/TheWire'' example) West) calls Chris to invite him to audition to be the band's new lead singer, but Chris thinks it's his own band's guitarist pranking him and says "your English accent is even worse than your guitar playing" and hangs up. Kirk calls him again and says "there's not much I can do about the accent, but what do you suggest I do about the guitar playing?"
1st Aug '17 9:04:50 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** This trope could be partly justified by Lincoln Six Echo occasionally seeing dreams of himself doing other things. It's later reveals to be memories of the original coming to the surface. So his ability to effect a good Scottish accent may stem from that.
31st Jul '17 9:46:32 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'': Dong has a thick Vietnamese accent, but briefly drops it to put on a native New York City accent to imitate a government agent. Actor Ki Hong Lee is putting a New York twist on his natural American accent.
31st Jul '17 9:37:14 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* David in ''Series/Legion2017'' is played by a British actor (you might recognize him for his previous role on ''DowntonAbbey''), but his accent in the show is some variant of "American". Until episode 7, that is, where [[spoiler:his superego manifests to him as... him, but with a classy British accent!]] Bonus points for David putting on an exaggerated version of the accent while talking to [[spoiler:said superego, and saying something he imagined his biological father saying - which also functions as a MythologyGag, as in the comics, David is [[Creator/PatrickStewart Professor Xavier]]'s son]].

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* David in ''Series/Legion2017'' is played by a British actor (you might recognize him for his previous role on ''DowntonAbbey''), but his accent in the show is some variant of "American". Until episode 7, that is, where [[spoiler:his superego manifests to him as... him, but with a classy British accent!]] Bonus points for David putting on an exaggerated version of the accent while talking to [[spoiler:said superego, [[spoiler:his superego and saying something he imagined his biological father saying - which also functions as a MythologyGag, as in the comics, David is [[Creator/PatrickStewart Professor Xavier]]'s son]].
25th May '17 8:10:26 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* A visual example rather than an accent-related one comes in the ''Series/IZombie'' episode [[Recap/IZombieS2E15HeBlindedMeWithScience "He Blinded Me... With Science"]]. To enter the Max Rager headquarters incognito, Liv has to disguise herself as a "normal" human with a wig and makeup to cover up her zombism... which is basically an excuse for her actress, Rose [=McIver=], to appear without her character's zombie makeup.

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* A ''Series/IZombie'' used a visual example rather than an accent-related one comes in the ''Series/IZombie'' episode a couple of episodes. In season 2's [[Recap/IZombieS2E15HeBlindedMeWithScience "He Blinded Me... With Science"]]. To Science"]], in order to enter the Max Rager headquarters incognito, Liv has to disguise herself as a "normal" human with a wig and makeup to cover up her zombism... which is basically an excuse for her actress, Rose [=McIver=], to appear without her character's zombie makeup. Season 3's "Eat a Knievel", meanwhile, has her do it so she and Ravi can infiltrate a meeting of "zombie truther" {{conspiracy theorist}}s.
8th Apr '17 12:59:41 PM nombretomado
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** It sounded a bit like he was lapsing into [[{{Redwall}} molespeak.]] "Oi'm just an owld frriend of Xanderrrrrr's . . . Oh, to hell with it, I'm your man."

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** It sounded a bit like he was lapsing into [[{{Redwall}} [[{{Literature/Redwall}} molespeak.]] "Oi'm just an owld frriend of Xanderrrrrr's . . . Oh, to hell with it, I'm your man."
24th Mar '17 12:31:37 AM vorpalgirl
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* David in ''Series/Legion2017'' is played by a British actor (you might recognize him for his previous role on ''DowntonAbbey''), but his accent in the show is some variant of "American". Until episode 7, that is, where [[spoiler:his superego manifests to him as... him, but with a classy British accent!]] Bonus points for David putting on an exaggerated version of the accent while talking to [[spoiler:said superego, and saying something he imagined his biological father saying - which also functions as a MythologyGag, as in the comics, David is [[Creator/PatrickStewart Professor Xavier]]'s son]].
7th Mar '17 11:15:09 PM AthenaBlue
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Almost the opposite of OohMeAccentsSlipping which is a slip from an assumed accent into a native one that is ''not'' deliberate.

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Almost the opposite of OohMeAccentsSlipping OohMeAccentsSlipping, which is a slip from an assumed accent into a native one that is ''not'' deliberate.



* In ''Film/TheIsland'', Lincoln Six Echo is a clone of a Scottish man named Tom Lincoln. All clones are brought up speaking with an American accent to avoid confusion. So when Lincoln Six Echo first encounters Tom Lincoln, he's surprised by the other's strange accent. Later on, he "fakes" the accent to trick a mercenary hunting him and makes sure to insert "shite" into a sentence. EwanMcGregor, the actor playing the Lincolns, is Scottish.
** This trope could be partly justified by Lincoln Six Echo occasionally seeing dreams of himself doing other things. It's later reveals to be memories of the original coming to the surface. So his ability to effect a good Scottish accent may stem from that.



* An in-universe variation in ''Film/RockStar'': Steel Dragon's guitarist Kirk (played by Englishman Dominic West -- see ''Series/TheWire'' example) calls Chris to invite him to audition to be the band's new lead singer, but Chris thinks it's his own band's guitarist pranking him and says "your English accent is even worse than your guitar playing" and hangs up. Kirk calls him again and says "there's not much I can do about the accent, but what do you suggest I do about the guitar playing?"
* The film ''City Island'' features an aspring actress who does this as part of an identity makeover. Like in the ''30 Rock'' example further down, she is played by Emily Mortimer.
* In the 1998 version of ''Film/TheParentTrap'', one of Lindsey Lohan's [[ActingForTwo twin characters]] is British-raised, and so must "fake" Lohan's American accent when they secretly switch places.
* ''[[Film/TheMerryWidow1934 The Merry Widow]]'' involves Capt. Danilo, from the tiny, Eastern European, {{Ruritania}}-style country of "Marshovia" being sent to Paris to romance the eponymous widow (ItMakesSenseInContext). The king says "How's your French?", and Danilo rattles off some French dialogue. Actor Maurice Chevalier, of course, was French.



* The film ''City Island'' features an aspiring actress who does this as part of an identity makeover. Like in the ''30 Rock'' example further down, she is played by Emily Mortimer.



* In ''Film/TheIsland'', Lincoln Six Echo is a clone of a Scottish man named Tom Lincoln. All clones are brought up speaking with an American accent to avoid confusion. So when Lincoln Six Echo first encounters Tom Lincoln, he's surprised by the other's strange accent. Later on, he "fakes" the accent to trick a mercenary hunting him and makes sure to insert "shite" into a sentence. EwanMcGregor, the actor playing the Lincolns, is Scottish.
** This trope could be partly justified by Lincoln Six Echo occasionally seeing dreams of himself doing other things. It's later reveals to be memories of the original coming to the surface. So his ability to effect a good Scottish accent may stem from that.



* ''[[Film/TheMerryWidow1934 The Merry Widow]]'' involves Capt. Danilo, from the tiny, Eastern European, {{Ruritania}}-style country of "Marshovia" being sent to Paris to romance the eponymous widow (ItMakesSenseInContext). The king says "How's your French?", and Danilo rattles off some French dialogue. Actor Maurice Chevalier, of course, was French.
* In the 1998 version of ''Film/TheParentTrap'', one of Lindsey Lohan's [[ActingForTwo twin characters]] is British-raised, and so must "fake" Lohan's American accent when they secretly switch places.
* An in-universe variation in ''Film/RockStar'': Steel Dragon's guitarist Kirk (played by Englishman Dominic West -- see ''Series/TheWire'' example) calls Chris to invite him to audition to be the band's new lead singer, but Chris thinks it's his own band's guitarist pranking him and says "your English accent is even worse than your guitar playing" and hangs up. Kirk calls him again and says "there's not much I can do about the accent, but what do you suggest I do about the guitar playing?"



* In early 2007, Emily Mortimer had a recurring role on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' which she played with her native British accent. However, it was later revealed that her character was actually an American posing as a Brit. (Mortimer only did one line with an American accent and that was for TheReveal.)



** Madame Vastra is played by the Scottish Neve [=McIntosh=]. She usually plays the character with a slight Scottish lilt anyway, but at one point in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], she uses her full accent in a scene where Vastra is trying to communicate with the confused, regeneration-sick Twelfth Doctor, who is under the impression everyone with an English accent has "developed a fault".



* In early 2007, Emily Mortimer had a recurring role on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' which she played with her native British accent. However, it was later revealed that her character was actually an American posing as a Brit. (Mortimer only did one line with an American accent and that was for TheReveal.)
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