Actors and actresses from all walks of life populate Hollywood, just waiting to display a range of accents that perfectly represent whatever nationality they're portraying onscreen. Unfortunately, only about two dozen actors at any given time can actually open a movie at the box office.
In celebration of Anne Hathaway's rapidly fluctuating English accent in the new romantic dramedy "One Day," LIFE Magazine is paying tribute to some of the worst vocal offenders in movie history.
There's no shortage of studios trying to fit a square peg into the round hole of foreign accents, which leads to such atrocities as Kevin Costner and his Southern California Robin Hood, or Harrison Ford's Russian submarine captain straight out of "Boris & Natasha."
From Keanu Reeves putting a stake through the heart of every line in "Bram Stoker's Dracula" to Leonardo DiCaprio butchering his "South Effrican eccent" in "Blood Diamond," check out this hall of shame featuring performances so misguided they nearly caused an international incident.