Brad Pitt's 5 Most Memorable Movie Accents in Honor of 'Inglorious Basterds' Fifth Anniversary
Brad Pitt and war movies go together like hot coffee and cherry pie. But while Pitt is known for taking on a variety of period roles throughout his robust career, the accents he tackles on screen don't always have the same crisp-crust and sugary center. Take Inglorious Basterds , the 2009 Quentin Tarantino flick about Nazi-occupied France during World War II, where Pitt plays the leader of a group of U.S. soldiers who plan to assassinate Nazi leaders.
The film was epic — an absolute gut-wrenching bloodbath like most Tarantino fare, but Pitt's Lt. Aldo Raine was both memorable and laughable, thanks to a thick and over-the-top Southern accent. (We'll never forgot the way he utters "Aero-planes" in the infamous speech to a group of Jewish American soldiers). While he may have been playing up the voice work for enthusiasm and laughs, we couldn't help but notice this isn't Pitt's first time getting critiqued over his vocal inflections. So to celebrate five years since Inglorious Basterds release, let's take a look back at Brad Pitt's most memorable accents.
Seven Years in Tibet
Undoubtably his most memorable accent, simply because it is so jarringly bad, Pitt attempted to tackle the Austrian accent and ends up sounding like an Irish/Indian (?) impostor.
Thelma & Louise
The role that made him famous and an instant sex symbol also served as a catalyst for Pitt to showcase his glowing Southern drawl.
The Devil's Own
If you thought Seven Years in Tibet was a train wreck, get a load of Pitt's attempted Irish inflection in The Devil's Own. At least there's Harrison Ford to smooth over any non-intentional laughs.
Luckily, Pitt was able to redeem himself with a flawless delivery in 2000's Snatch. His Irish accent is quite believable. So believable, in fact, it's almost hard to discern what he's saying underneath that thick tone — or perhaps it's his shirtless physique that's making us dizzy.
12 Years A Slave
Brad Pitt produced 12 Years A Slave, and also felt the need to have a cameo in the film, using his A-lister status to boost the film's audience reach. The film itself was phenomenal, but Pitt's cameo seemed awkward and rushed. Although his character is from Canada, his voice work seemed to almost mirror that of Inglorious Basterds. And that Amish beard didn't exactly elevate the situation.