19 Fake Character Accents You Probably Thought Were Real

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Stringer Bell from The Wire


Portrayed by: Idris Elba

The British actor has played countless American roles, but perhaps his most memorable performance was on The Wire, where he played a Baltimore drug kingpin named Stringer. His American accent was so perfect that when we first found out he was from England, we did a double take. But it took him about three years to get that accent down, and his method was pretty interesting. He told The View: “I used to go to the barber shop to perfect my accent. If you want to talk about the basketball game in an English accent it just don’t come across as good – you can’t get your point across!”

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