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  • Perhaps one of the best known is Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara and Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes in the film Gone with the Wind. When the film came out, it shocked many Americans to see an English actress play a Southern Belle, but now it's hard for us to NOT see them play those roles.
    • And let's not forget that she kept going with it playing Southern Belle Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire.
    • Ironically, Thomas Mitchell who played Irish-born Gerald O'Hara was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making him a real American giving a Fake Irish portrayal. (Although his parents were from Ireland.)
  • Spider-Man Trilogy
    • Alfred Molina, who plays Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2, is from London. When he says the line, "I should've known Osborn wouldn't have the spine to finish you!," he slips up a bit.
    • Rosemary Harris, who plays Aunt May in the films, is also English.
    • Daniel Gillies, who play John Jameson in the second film, is Canadian-born and grew up in New Zealand.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man: The new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, was born in Los Angeles to a British mother and an American father, but has spent much of his life in the UK.
  • Daniel Craig:
  • Furthermore, Mr. LaPaglia is in a film called Empire Records, playing a very American small-town record store owner.
    • Although he's all but lost his Aussie accent as a price. Just listen to him here, and compare him to everyone else.
  • Heath Ledger (Australian by birth) in a fair few of his movies- Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight, Lords Of Dogtown, The Patriot, and Monster's Ball.
  • Several in the X-Men movies:
    • Hugh Jackman (Australian) as Wolverine though that's technically a Fake Canadian. And a very good approximation of a rural Alberta accent.
    • Patrick Stewart (English) and James McAvoy (Scottish) as Professor X (though before First Class, where he spends his childhood in NY, it's never stated if he's still American).
    • Famke Janssen (Dutch) as Jean Grey
    • Shawn Ashmore (Canadian) as Iceman
    • Brian Cox (Scottish) as Stryker in X2: X-Men United. X-Men: Days of Future Past adds Josh Helman (Australian) as young Stryker.
    • Ellen Page (Canadian) as Kitty Pryde
    • Canadian/New Zealander Anna Paquin doing a Southern accent as Rogue.
    • In X-Men: First Class, Rose Byrne (Australian) as Moira MacTaggert (where the Scottish scientist of the comics is instead a CIA agent), and Nicolas Hoult (English) as Beast
    • Days of Future Past has two fictional examples (French Omar Sy as Bishop, Chinese Fan Bingbing as Blink - then again, both characters are children of immigrants) and a real person (Richard Nixon is Canadian Mark Camacho).
  • Bob Hoskins' portrayal of Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Hoskins' natural accent is a thick Cockney, not unlike Michael Caine's. Here, he does a fairly convincing hard-boiled New York accent, though the film takes place in Los Angeles.
    • Bob Hoskins plays Mario in Super Mario Bros. with a New York accent. It's one of the few things that worked there.
  • Emma Thompson's pastiche of Hillary Clinton in Primary Colors.
  • Kate Winslet's portrayal of American debutante Rose Dewitt Bukater in Titanic.
    • Kate admitted being "appalled" by her accent when she watched the movie 15 years later for its 3-D release and wishes she could redo it with all her years of experience she's had since then.
    • And again as Long Island resident Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
    • Once more in The Life of David Gale, rather convincingly. She doesn't sound Texan, but then, they never explicitly say that the character is Texan.
    • She also plays Americans in Little Children, Revolutionary Road, Mildred Pierce, Contagion and Carnage.
  • Christian Bale (Batman), Gary Oldman (Detective Jim Gordon), Tom Wilkinson (Carmine Falcone) all hid their UK accents to play Gotham City citizens in Batman Begins, as did Cillian Murphy (Dr. Jonathan Crane) with his Irish one. In fact, most of the crew were British. Liam Neeson (Henri Ducard) also put on such a convincing American accent in Darkman.
    • Cillian Murphy in Red Eye. Wes Craven was initially wary about casting him as Rippner, since Rippner was explicitly written as American. When Murphy walked into the audition, he actually fooled the casting agent with his accent. (The film also has Canadian Rachel McAdams and Scottish Brian Cox as Americans.)
    • The Dark Knight Rises also has Ben Mendelsohn (Australian) as Stryver and Daggett respectively. Marion Cotillard (French), though the twist makes the Fake Nationality harder to pinpoint.
  • Gary Oldman has practically made a career out of playing fake Americans: he puts on a Southern accent for The Fifth Element, a Texan accent for The Book of Eli, a New York accent in The Professional; he even played Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK.
  • Tom Wilkinson seems to play Americans more often than not: he did so in Batman Begins, Michael Clayton, John Adams, The Conspirator, Duplicity, In The Bedroom, The Green Hornet, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, among others.
  • In Die Hard, the director said he decided to extend the scene where Hans Gruber pretends to be a hostage in order to show it off. YMMV as to whether you believe this.
    • While with the Grubers, in Die Hard with a Vengeance, when Simon shows up at the blast scene and poses as a city engineer, Jeremy Irons puts on a very fake Texas drawl - which works!
  • Peter Sellers (English) as President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove. He affects a sort of flat Midwestern accent that is as "generic" as American accents get, particularly since Muffley was partially based on Illinois Governor and presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. (He also plays a fake German and an actual Brit in the same film.)
    • Sellers also played Americans in Lolita (and that character masquerades as a German at one point!) The World of Henry Orient, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!, Where Does It Hurt?, and Being There. (In the last case, it's an accent whose region can't be identified by the CIA or FBI. Sellers created it by applying an American accent to an imitation of (British) Stan Laurel's voice.) He's one of the more convincing fake Americans when he's "on".
  • Clive Owen hides his natural Scottish drawl in Sin City.
    • Critical Research Failure? Clive Owen was born and raised in Coventry and doesn't have a Scottish accent.
    • He hides it but it seems that he can only create a slight American accent if he slows his dialogue to a low, wooden crawl that sounds vaguely British at times.
  • Many characters of actor Colin Farrell. The most notable was in Phone Booth, in which he slips in and out of his Irish accent, which becomes especially glaring when Kiefer Sutherland mentions "the Bronx in [his] voice."
    • Also in Phone Booth, you have Australian Radha Mitchell as Colin's American wife; see also Silent Hill, in which she played the main role (and Sean Bean, below, played her husband, both with American accents).
  • Sean Bean pulls off a very frightening generic American accent as the main character in the 2007 remake of The Hitcher.
  • Red Leader in Star Wars Episode IV has a quite convincing "mountain twang" pilot accent ( la Chuck Yeager, Tom Wolfe must have smiled); despite being played by Brit Drewe Henley.
    • Most of the British extras were dubbed over by American actors. Shelagh Fraser redubbed her own voice as Aunt Beru to sound more American, though different takes are heard depending on which sound mix of the film you're listening to.
  • Michael J. Fox has been able to pull off an amazingly convincing American accent for a while now, to the point that it's difficult to believe that the 17-year-old time-traveling Californian teenager you just saw was actually a twenty-three-year-old from Canada.
  • In The Matrix trilogy, Australian actor Hugo Weaving puts on a slightly exaggerated, sneering Midwestern accent when playing the role of Agent Smith.
    • And he's almost as bad at it as Rachel Weisz in Confidence. They both swallow their rhotic vowels trying to pronounce the letter 'R,' betraying their original accents.
      • Though his imitation of Carl Sagan's distinctive vocal patterns and pauses was dead on.
    • His accent sounds strikingly like Canadian actor Henry Czerny, best known for roles in Mission: Impossible and Clear and Present Danger.
    • The way Weaving's Rs came out stumbling and drawn-out makes Smith all the more bizarre and creepy. "Good evening, Misterrrr Anderrrrson..."
      • Word of God is that he was trying to imitate director Larry Wachowski.
    • More convincingly, from Enter The Matrix and a brief bit in The Matrix Revolutions, is Sparks, the operator of the hovership Logos.
    • On the other hand, Weaving's voice for Megatron in the new Transformers movies does a good job of disguising his accent under a growling tone of voice that well fits this particular incarnation of the character.
  • Mel Gibson. While he was born in the US, early in his career you can tell he had to make an effort to cover up the Aussie in his speech. You can definitely hear his American accent slip a couple of times in the first two Lethal Weapon films. These days, when he gives interviews, you would be convinced he never left the US since his birth.
  • No Country for Old Men is chock full of convincing Texan accent and dialect from non-Texan actors (although several actors, like Woody Harrelson and Tommy Lee Jones, were Texan)... but perhaps the most surprising is that of Kelly Macdonald, who's Scottish.
    • The other big one is Javier Bardem, who is Spanish. In fact the voice he used for Anton Chigurh came about by accident when he tried to tone down the accent during a run-through of the script.
    • Watch the bonus features on the Blu-ray. There's a featurette which contains interviews with the cast in which you can hear Kelly Macdonald and Javier Bardem speak with their real accents.
  • Patrick Stewart in King of Texas which is King Lear IN TEXAS.
  • Many members of the cast of Black Hawk Down: Ewan Bremner and Ewan McGregor (Scottish), Eric Bana (Australian), Ioan Gruffudd (Welsh), Nikolaj Coster Waldau (Danish), and Orlando Bloom, Hugh Dancy, Tom Hardy, Jason Isaacs and Matthew Marsden (all English). Out of those actors, several have portrayed Americans in other movies, with Ewan McGregor and Matthew Marsden having the most Fake American roles under their belts so far.
  • Robert Shaw in General Custer of the West. He does a pretty good job, but his accent falls through a couple times.
  • Max Carrigan, the incorrigible draftee and brother of the female lead in Across the Universe, was played by British actor Joe Anderson with a sardonic, nasal, and reasonably convincing American accent.
    • Even more impressive is that he does a great job of singing in the fake American accent.
  • The Austrian Charles Rooner (born Ernst Robitschek) pretty much made a career out of playing these ones in old Mexican films.
  • Pretty much the entire cast of Cold Mountain, excluding Renee Zellweger, hailed from anywhere but the American South. Nicole Kidman (Australian), Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Eileen Atkins, and Charlie Hunman (English), Brendan Gleason and Cillian Murphy (Irish), Donald Sutherland (Canadian).
  • Parodied in Tropic Thunder, which casts an American as an Australian cast as an (African) American. (Originally, the character was supposed to be "truly" Irish, but Robert Downey Jr. found it easier to improvise with an Aussie accent.)
  • James McAvoy as the "hero" in Wanted. The voice James McAvoy uses normally in his roles (Southish England) is not his real accent anyway (McAvoy is Scottish).
  • Do double-fakes count? In Blown Away, Tommy Lee Jones (from Texas) plays an Irish terrorist who in one scene fakes a Minnesota accent.
  • Michael Caine had to play a Texan in Secondhand Lions. And he did a terrible job, too. In promotional interviews Caine said the secret to the Texas drawl is "to let the syllables lean on each other." He also pulled off lousy American Accents in Bullseye! (in one of his two roles in that film) and The Cider House Rules. And he won an Oscar for the latter, yet! Compare to Charlize Theron's far more convincing tones in the same movie (and, in fact, every other film the South African Miss Theron has made she has yet to play her own nationality on screen).
  • Christopher Lee did a nice flat Californian accent in the movie Serial and floating around out there is a recording of him singing Ghost Riders in the Sky with a Southern drawl.
  • Averted in Shortbus, where the director tried to get Sook-Yin Lee to not sound so Canadian, and finally gave up and wrote into the script an explanation that her character was Chinese-Canadian.
  • Robert Pattinson does an American accent in Twilight. He discusses it here.
  • Jude Law's ridiculously bad American accent in I ♥ Huckabees. It's painful. He repeats his performance in All The King's Men.
    • So we're forgiving him for that monstrosity of a southern accent in Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil? I think not.
    • His American accent in an SNL sketch spoofing the classic Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 ft." was also atrocious.
    • He also did a barely passable American accent in E Xisten Z...however, this is justified seeing as how his American-accented character was just an avatar for a character of his own British nationality.
  • By that same token, the villain "Red" from Hancock puts on a truly terrible fake... something accent; he seems to have a hard time settling on which one he wants to use.
  • Before House, Laurie played the father in the film Stuart Little, American accent included. Not to mention his role as Internal Affairs Captain James Biggs in Street Kings (in which his character is remarkably similar to House, sans beard or bad leg).
  • Minnie Driver as Debi Newberry in Grosse Pointe Blank.
  • Dominic West does a pretty good American accent in Chicago (though it isn't a Chicago accent). In Punisher: War Zone however, he attempts a New York Italian accent and the results are not pretty. But it's a Large Ham role anyway.
    • And let's not forget Catherine Zeta-Jones in the same movie.
  • In the original cast recording of Mamma Mia! the travel writer's voice is considerably louder and more "Texan" then the other two Disappeared Dad characters. The fact that the musical originated in England probably has something to do with it. Getting back to the film itself, the Irish Pierce Brosnan played an American character, using essentially his real accent.
  • Cary Elwes
    • He did such a fine job playing Major Cabot Forbes in Glory that he probably should have been cast as the lead given that he resembles the real Colonel Robert Gould Shaw a lot more than Matthew Broderick does.
    • He did a hideous Midwesternish-Southernish accent for Twister though, with just a hint of still being British.
    • His accent in Liar Liar isn't very good.
    • Believable as an American in The Pentagon Wars.
    • He did a great southern accent in Kissthe Girls as Det. Nick Ruskin but later when he is revealed to be the bad guy and drops the southern accent for a deeper "standard" American one he slips back into his British accent almost immediately.
    • Incredibly, he managed to play pilot Kent Gregory in Hot Shots! in a "blond Californian surfer dude" style (paying tribute to Val Kilmer as "Iceman", of course).
    • In The Crush, his accent slips to British many times throughout the movie.
    • In Days Of Thunder, Cary Elwes puts on a decent Southern accent for his role as Russ Wheeler.
    • He puts on a less-than-impressive Newscaster American accent for The Chase. Luckily for our ears, it was only a cameo.
  • Ewan McGregor was technically using a Southern accent in Big Fish, but the result was not authentic-sounding at all.
    • Ditto for his Midwest American accent in The Men Who Stare at Goats.
      • More to the fact, his accent for that film sounded identical to his accent in Big Fish. The least he could've done is tried to make the two sound different, even if they didn't sound authentic.
    • He also played American rocker Curt Wild in Velvet Goldmine.
    • And Oliver (with an American accent and American parents) in Beginners, which was filmed in Los Angeles.
    • He uses both a fake American accent and his natural Scottish accent in The Island.
  • Virtually everyone except the main cast in the Film of the Book Bridge to Terabithia was a New Zealander playing an American.
  • Jim Sturgess adopts a hilariously bad American accent in 21, and completely forgoes holding his Rs throughout the second half of the movie.
  • Simon Pegg puts on a fairly convincing American accent in Big Nothing.
  • Used to varying effect in Bugsy Malone: The movie was filmed in England and used local children for bit parts.
  • Raoul Bova, an Italian, does this in Avenging Angelo and Alien vs. Predator.
  • Rebecca Hall, an English actress, as Vicky in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
  • In Star Trek, Karl Urban (New Zealander) does a flawless (as in so close that Leonard Nimoy cried when he first heard it) "De Forest Kelley Southern Country Doctor" accent.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
    • In Street Fighter, he plays the All-American Air Force Colonel Guile, but since he's Not Even Bothering with the Accent, he's apparently supposed to be a patriotic immigrant.
    • In Hard Target, Van Damme's Belgian French accent is explained by him being Cajun, in spite of the accents sounding different.
  • Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbor, Click and The Aviator.
  • Sam Worthington (Australian)
    • He uses a pretty tortured American accent in Avatar.
    • Not as bad as it was in Terminator Salvation, particularly when he was surrounded by other Fake Americans who did a much better job, including Christian Bale.
    • One really has to suspend their disbelief in Black Ops. For some reason, casting directors think Sam Worthington's insuppressible Down Under twang is perfect for playing American servicemen.
    • He plays a New Yorker in Man On A Ledge Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
  • Brian Cox in Super Troopers portrays the Irish-American Captain John O'Hagen, whose accent wobbles between the generic American and Irish depending on his mood, but never sounds Scottish.
  • While the lead character is played by an American playing a Brit, all the American characters in the newest Sherlock Holmes are played by Canadians. You can really tell with their accents, especially against the British ones.
  • Aaron Johnson as Dave Lizewski in Kick-Ass.
  • Emilie de Ravin (best known for playing Claire on LOST) did an excellent job at concealing her accent in Brick; ironically, early on during Lost's run some thought that her natural Australian accent sounded fake.
  • In his final movie appearance, Charles Laughton effectively pulled off a Southern accent playing a wily senator in Advise And Consent.
  • Austrian Theodore Bikel played a redneck sheriff in The Defiant Ones.
  • Molly, played by Londoner Alice Eve, in She's Out of My League. In addition, Molly's parents in the film are played by Eve's real-life parents, who are (of course) also British.
  • Dev Patel in The Last Airbender. Zuko himself isn't American, but Patel was imitating Dante Basco's normal accent.
  • Freddie Highmore's adorably awful American accent in August Rush. Although to be fair, he was only about eleven or twelve at the time.
  • Tim Roth did a convincing American, though ambiguous, accent in Reservoir Dogs.
    • Tarantino thought it was too much of a hassle, and had him use his regular accent in Pulp Fiction
  • Canadian actress Laura Harris puts on a downright painful Southern drawl in The Faculty. Fridge Brilliance comes in when it's revealed that her character is an alien, meaning that she's a Fake American in-universe as well. In fact, in the original script her character drops her accent shortly before The Reveal.
  • Sharlto Copley and Liam Neeson are both Fake Americans in the film version of The A-Team. Copley's wanders through several different Southern accents, but given that it's Murdock it fits quite well, and he deliberately fakes a lot of other throughout the movie. Neeson's more or less works as well, though his brogue tends to slip a bit whenever he says anything with an "oo" sound (such as when he tells Face, "You are really tan.")
  • Isla Fisher, born in Oman to Scottish parents and raised in Australia, only ever seems to play Americans. This is somewhat justified, however, as if she ever did use her real accent, the result would be so cute, the universe would collapse in on itself.
  • Cate Blanchett in The Gift, with a rather weak Southern accent that results in her being outacted by Katie Holmes.
  • German movie Locked Up features the main character meeting and falling in love with the "American" Mike while in prison. Mike is just a British guy who has apparently never heard an American speak and wagers no Germans have either. He doesn't even make a flimsy, half-hearted attempt to use anything but his normal speaking voice. Must be a graduate from the Sean Connery School of Accents.
  • Radha Mitchell (Australian) and Joe Anderson (English) did passable American accents in the Iowa-set The Crazies.
  • Brit Emily Blunt used a convincing American accent to play Amy Adams sister in Sunshine Cleaning.
  • Aussie Emily Browning in A Series of Unfortunate Events. She did initially audition in her role as Violet Baudelaire in a British accent, although it eventually winded up in her using an American accent.
  • The 1948 film No Orchids for Miss Blandish was made in the UK but is full of fake Americanisms—left-hand drive cars, a vaguely New York setting, and American accents of varying quality. The original novel was written by an Englishman (James Hadley Chase, who wrote a number of novels set in America - although he never lived there) but so thoroughly riddled with Americanisms that English readers mistook it for an American import.
  • City Island has Emily Mortimer taking part in the exact same twist she did in 30 Rock (that she's "really" an American pretending to be British). Actor Allusion?.
  • Julian Glover as Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • British actor Eric Idle as Paul "Dibbs" Plutzker in Casper.
  • Thandie Newton (British) as President Danny Glover's daughter in 2012.
    • She also plays Americans excellently in both Crash and Norbit.
  • Ralph Fiennes (English) playing the American Charles Van Doren in Quiz Show.
    • That's more of a Mid-Atlantic/preppy New England accent, though, with notable English influences.
    • Mark Van Doren father of Charles Van Doren was played by Paul Scofield also English.
  • Andrew Garfield (English) as The Amazing Spider-Man. The naturalized Brazilian Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network might count.
    • Subverted somewhat. Garfield was born in Los Angeles, but mostly grew up in Britain.
  • Jim Carrey, who is Canadian, in far too many roles to list.
  • A peculiar case in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Nia Vardalos is indeed of Greek ancestry, as is her character, but unlike her character, a Chicago native, she is a Greek-Canadian from the prairies.
  • The Irish Colin Farrell played not only an American, but an American Country Singer in Crazy Heart.
  • Kenneth Branagh affects a hilarious southern accent for his role in Wild Wild West.
    • He also does a somewhat inexplicable nasal Brooklyn accent when playing Woody Allen's alter ego in Celebrity.
  • Dan Aykroyd (Canadian) does a convincing Chicago accent in The Blues Brothers and Tommy Boy. His southern accent in Driving Miss Daisy is less convincing.
  • For the handful lines Anthony Head actually speaks in Repo! The Genetic Opera he puts on a fairly convincing American accent. He slips a bit when he sings, though.
  • The exploitation film American Kickboxer 1 is false advertising on three counts; it wasn't the first of a series, it was filmed in South Africa with the entire cast trying and failing to sound American, and as for the kickboxing...
  • Aquamarine was set in Florida but filmed in Australia (a change from the novel, where the plot involves one of the main characters moving to Florida - in the movie she's going to Australia), and with the exceptions of Emma Roberts, Sara Paxton, Joanna Levesque, Arielle Kebbel and Jake McDorman, the entire cast affected US accents. Some of them better than others.
  • Dark City had Brit Rufus Sewell putting on a pretty good accent as well as Australian Melissa George and British-born Canadian Kiefer Sutherland.
  • Man of Steel has British Henry Cavill was the first non-American actor to play Superman (who, while technically an alien, was raised in America and is considered an American icon). Fans were initially unhappy but most agree he did a very good job with the accent. Lampshaded in the film when he claims "I grew up in Kansas. I'm as American as they come".
  • Lucy Punch does such an effective Chicago accent in Bad Teacher.
  • Scotsman Alan Cumming had a bit part as an American hotel clerk in Eyes Wide Shut. He tells an awesome story of how director Stanley Kubrick was first annoyed upon discovering on the day they were to shoot his scenes that Cumming was Scottish and not American. Kubrick grumbled: "You were American on the tape!" Cumming coolly responded: "I know. That's because I'm an actor Stanley." Cumming's chutzpah earned the notoriously intimidating director's respect.
  • Australian Simon Baker in Margin Call, though it's not always ideal (Given that the film has two British characters and it wouldn't be unrealistic for an Australian to be part of the mix as well in a Wall Street investment bank, it's not clear why it was necessary).
  • British Joe Anderson pulled off a very convincing American Accent in Across the Universe. Amplified by most of his scenes taking place with fellow Brit Jim Sturgess who plays an Englishman.
  • Most of the main cast of Lawless (set in rural Virginia in the 1930s) are either British (Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman) or Australian (Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska), and even the Americans in the cast aren't exactly Southerners (Shia LaBeouf and Jessica Chastain are both from California). They all do excellent work, though.
  • Punisher: War Zone has Irish-born Brit Ray Stevenson as the titular New York native, putting on a pretty convincing accent. The film also has Brits Colin Salmon doing a pretty good job as FBI Agent Butanski and Dominic West with a ludicrously over the top Italian-American gangster accent.
  • Zero Dark Thirty has Mark Strong (British), John Barrowman (Scottish), Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke (Australian) as American CIA and Military personnel. All do very good jobs, especially Clarke as Dan.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger has Brit Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, doing a terrific accent. Also, Natalie Dormer as Private Lorraine.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra:
    • The President of the United States is British. If you've played Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, he's particularly eyebrow-raising.
    • Try the Baroness. Which is pretty damn funny, given the character's origins in the comics.
  • British Tom Hiddleston does an impeccable American accent as F Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris.
  • Small Apartments has Brits Matt Lucas and Juno Temple and Australian Rebel Wilson as Los Angeles natives. They all do very good accents.
  • Rebecca Hall, like Christian Bale and Kate Winslet, seems to be building her career on this trope as evidenced by her accents in Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Town, Lay The Favorite and Iron Man 3. Her American accent is so effective most viewers would never guess she is actually British.
    • Iron Man 3 also has the Australian Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian.
  • Confederate Army soldier Pencroft is played by the very British Percy Herbert in the film adaptation of Mysterious Island.
  • Will Poulter as Kenny in We're the Millers.
  • Brit Daniel Radcliffe donned one to play Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings.
  • 12 Years a Slave features Chiwetel Ejiofor (British) speaking with an upstate New York accent while co-stars Michael Fassbender (German-Irish) and Benedict Cumberbatch (British) speak with Southern accents.
  • Australian Joel Edgerton and British Tom Hardy played Pittsburgh born brothers in Warrior. Hilariously, known Eagleland pro-wrestler Kurt Angle plays a Fake Russian in the same film.
  • The RoboCop remake stars Joel Kinnaman (Swedish of American descent) as Alex Murphy, who is married to Abbie Cornish (Australian). He is turned into RoboCop by the above mentioned Gary Oldman, who works in the same company as Jay Baruchel (Canadian).
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World inverts it. Most of the characters are Canadian, but a few are played by Americans like Anna Kendrick and Kieran Culkin.
  • Robert Sheehan in Mortal Instruments plays the American Simon and more confusingly, the American-accented boy from north-eastern Europe, Kay von Wollenbarth, in Season of the Witch. The actor is Irish.
  • English actress Rebecca Hall and Irish actor Cillian Murphy both play American characters in Transcendence.
  • Anthony Hopkins has played two American presidents, Richard Nixon in Nixon and John Quincy Adams in Amistad.
  • English-accented Jean Simmons did an excellent generic-American accent in Guys and Dolls and Elmer Gantry, amongst others, and a passable Southern one in Inherit the Wind.
  • Emma Watson may be building a career on this, with her roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, and now Regression.
  • The Brit Jonny Lee Miller as Dade Murphy/Zero Cool/Crash Override in Hackers.

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