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Anne Hathaway apologises for that Yorkshire accent as she gets ready to

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There’s a fine tradition of Hollywood’s finest playing British characters on stage and screen and – not to put too fine a point on it – mangling our regional accents in the process.Who can forget the sound of the Missouri-born Dick Van Dyke ‘gor blimeying’ his way through the Cockney chimney sweep Bert, in Disney’s 1964 favourite Mary Poppins.Or Josh Hartnett in Blow Dry, which this newspaper’s film critic described as trotting “happily from Newcastle to Oxbridge, Bristol to Belfast”.Now Anne Hathaway has stepped forward to admit she too has made something of a hash of our accents in the past, and it’s left her anxious about her latest attempt at playing a Brit.The star of The Devil Wears Prada and Ocean’s 8 is remembered fondly by aficionados of the genre for her demolition of a Yorkshire brogue in the 2011 romance One DaySo, eight years on, she is more than aware that the critics will have their pens sharpened for her appearance in the forthcoming comedy The Hustle, in which she stars as a con woman alongside Rebel Wilson.”I found out I had to do it a week before we started shooting. I thought if I didn’t do it, it wouldn’t make a difference, but the director insisted,” she said.”I’ve done it before and it hasn’t always gone well, and it is so stressful to see someone struggle through an accent, so I got a dialect coach and made the best of it.” For her part Wilson – whose attempt at a British accent in Bridesmaids was similarly mocked – has got off easy this time.”As the producer, I gave her all the accents and I was cast as Australian, so I did no prep,” she said.Van Dyke eventually also apologised for his Cockney accent, though not before blaming Julie Andrews, and the rest of the cast, for not taking him to one side to point out the deficiencies in his rhyming slang. He also claimed that his voice coach for Mary Poppins, who was Irish, “didn’t do an accent any better than I did”.In 2017,  when he was awarded BAFTA’s Britannia Award for Excellence in Television, he stated, tongue somewhat in cheek: “I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema.”It’s not all one way traffic of course. Michael Caine was widely derided for his attempt at a Texan accent in the panned 1994 drama One Deadly Ground.And Colin Firth’s own attempt at Texan did not go down well either, though perhaps it was just the contrast with his usual quintessentially English characters.Still, everyone’s a critic, as Hathaway can vouch.Despite winning an Oscar for her role in the musical film Les Miserables, her three-year-old son Jonathan is no fan of her singing either.“When I sing he puts his hand up and says, ‘Mama no! Mama no!” she told the BBC’s Graham Norton Show on Friday. “He is a very tough crowd.”To no parent’s surprise he appears to have relented when she sang a song from Peppa Pig.Following the release of One Day, Hathaway said that she learnt her Yorkshire accent watching re-runs of Emmerdale, describing it as “actually quite exotic for me”.Audiences will just have to wait and see what she’s been watching for inspiration this time. Hopefully not East Enders or Coronation St. Anne Hathaway during filming for the Graham Norton Show Anne Hathaway during filming for the Graham Norton ShowCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA read more