Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most gifted, versatile and successful actors of our time. He’s become king of the (dramatic) world, and he did it despite delivering much of his dialogue in ridiculous accents. That’s talent! We love the guy, but sometimes the dialect is a tad bit distracting. We hope someday his director will stand up to him and scream “JUST READ THE DAMN LINES, LEO!” Thankfully, he seems to have reigned it in for The Great Gatsby, but for old times sake let’s revisit his past vocal travesties!
5. Gangs Of New York (2002)
The first of three Martin Scorsese movies on this list. Sorry Marty, but Leo’s got the worst Irish accent this side of the Lucky Charms guy.
4. J. Edgar (2011)
We feel bad taking a shot at Leo for merely doing an impression of a person who actually existed. But we’re pretty sure no one in the history of human-kind has even talked like that, so it’s OK.
3. The Aviator (2004)
Diddo for this Scorsese-fied version of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes’ life. The nasal-y Texas drawl was so grating, it made Cate Blanchett’s earsplitting Katherine Hepburn impression sound like a lullaby.
2. Shutter Island (2010)
Sure Leo more famously “employed” (read: destroyed) the Boston accent in Scorsese’s 2006 film The Departed, but his rendition in this flick is so much worse. Want to know why? Watch this clip seven times and call us in the morning.
1. Blood Diamond (2006)
Everything about Leo’s strange hodgepodged Jamaican/Australian/South African accent attempt is made of fail. The cartoonishly over-the-top attempt at realism is literally the only thing we remember about this film. In 100 years, our grandkids living on some moon colony will still be making “Bling Bang” jokes.
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