​Christian Bale's English Accent Surprised A Lot Of Golden Globes Viewers

Sometimes it's easy to forget that Hollywood actors are real people too - mostly because their lives are so vastly different to our own (they're not exactly nipping round to Tesco in their trackie bottoms to pick up a pint of milk and some bananas, are they?), that all we can do is think of them in relation to the famous roles they've played.

At Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony, Christian Bale picked up an award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), thanks to his turn as Dick Cheney in Vice - but all some viewers could think about was his English accent.

Stepping up to the stage to accept his award, Bale chatted away in his English drawl, thanking everyone from his wife to Satan (more on that later).

One person tweeted: "Was Christian Bale always a cockney chimney sweep????"

They added: "I don't believe his accent."

Another wrote: "I've never heard his real voice so this is quite the surprise haha."

A third commented: "Who knew?!"

Someone else said: "It's one of those things I know but then totally forgot about. Then remember, then forgot again."

Anyone would have thought he was an actor or something...


But while many were tweeting in shock over his accent, others started swooping in to correct them, saying that he was actually born in Wales, so his accent was 'Welsh'.

However, that was also wrong. He may well have been born in the small British country, but that ain't no Welsh accent.

"That is NOT a Welsh accent," someone tweeted. "It's a faux East London accent. It's not the natural accent of someone who grew up in Wales and Surrey."

Well, there you go.

Clearly everyone was too busy thinking about Bale's accent to pay attention to his actual speech, in which the actor thanked 'Satan' for the accolade.

"Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role," he said of his role of Dick Cheney in Vice, which follows George W Bush's former Vice President as he rises up through America's political ranks to become the most powerful VP in the country's history.

Bale also thanked his wife, who he said had taught him 'less is more', when it comes to addressing an audience, adding: "She knows the dumb crap that can come out of my mouth at times. I can sink and ruin a perfectly good movie and so-so career in one speech. So thank you for that advice, my love."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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