He earns his living by make jokes on others, but at least Jack Whitehall can laugh at himself too.
The actor, 33, plays Uncle Casey in the new movie Clifford the Big Red Dog, in which he had to put an American accent.
It couldn’t have been easy for the Londoner, who regularly jokes about being as chic as possible, but he gave it a shot.
However, while watching the movie, he found plenty of reasons to poke fun at his attempt.
Appearing on the Graham Norton Show, the Brit Awards host said, “What a lot of actors do is go to a part of America and commit to one accent, but I have decided I would tour all 50 states, sometimes in the same scene. why do it all when we can show them all? ‘
“It was everywhere! ” he added.
When the trailer for the film came out, fans were quick to poke fun at Jack’s accent, taking to Twitter to explain how unimpressed they were with his attempt.
One user called his accent “horror”, while another wrote: “Jack Whitehall is fighting for his life with this accent”.
Others questioned why his character was given an American accent, saying he should have been allowed to remain British.
The presenter was quick to join us, however, responding to a tweet that read, “That accent,” followed by three crying emojis with laughter.
‘More disturbing than a 10 foot dog!’ he has answered.
But not everyone was horrified, saying the comedian was “dynamite” in the movie and his accent “wasn’t bad.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Jack was asked if he feels pressured to start training now that he’s broken into Hollywood.
The funny man replied, “My US agent said, ‘You’re going to have to improve yourself if you want a Marvel role’ and I was like, ‘Can I make sure I get the movie first?
He joked, “I’m not going to get in shape and then not have a Marvel movie. I need the contract signed and delivered, the flight booked, and at that point I could lift something in the gymnasium. But until then, no way! ‘
Jack did several acting efforts so far in his career, and his role in the movie Clifford sees him star alongside Darby Camp as Emily Elizabeth and the legendary John Cleese (you’ll be glad to know he keeps his own accent).
The film begins with Clifford as a little red puppy, who is given to schoolgirl Emily by a magical animal rescuer.
After learning that how tall he grows depends on how much she loves him, Emily wakes up one day to a ten foot Clifford in her bedroom.
Of course, chaos ensues.
Jack plays his fun-loving uncle who is the responsible adult while Emily’s mom (Sienna Guillory) is away on business. In fact, he’s quite a big kid.
He welcomed the British in May and also directed a film starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson for Disney, titled Jungle Cruise.
Clifford the Big Red Dog is now hitting theaters.
The Graham Norton Show airs tonight at 10:35 p.m. on BBC One.
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