I just got back from seeing the movie August Rush. It’s a cute, feel good, family movie that leaves you with all sorts of warm fuzzies. The best part? Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ accent. There’s a scene where he’s in a car talking to a former bandmate and they both have thick Irish accents. I couldn’t quite grasp the conversation word for word but it didn’t matter…I was enthralled. I don’t know what the deal is with guys and accents but they become cuter and cooler instantly even if I don’t understand what’s being said (with the exception of the German accent, they sound angry and spit a lot). Even the Geico Gecko makes me pause and listen – though if I ever find out the man behind the voice is a grossly fat, blading in the wrong places and hairy in worse places kind of guy, I’m going to be very upset. Maybe it represents something exotic, mysterious, mixed with intrigue. Whatever it is, here are my favorite (in no particular order):
1. Irish – I already mentioned this one but I’m going to throw in the Scottish accent along with it. I realize they are different but close enough. Kind of like us and Canadians.
2. Australian/New Zealand – Again I know these are different but fairly similar. And who could resist either one? You can’t tell me when Hugh Jackman says…well anything, that you don’t melt.
3. British/Wales – Yes I know, I know. Different but the same. This might be the one accent where someone could say something a little randy and no one would take offense. Hugh Grant, Daniel Craig, and Christian Bale come to mind.
4. Spanish – This accent comes out sounding like a song, so who better to represent than Enrique Iglesias.
5. Southern – Now this is tricky because in general this accent makes my ears bleed a little. To have this one be catchy it has to be subtle, giving only the slightest hint. Listen to George Eads (aka Nick Stokes) on CSI and you’ll know what I mean.