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Watch: James Corden and guests just can’t grasp the South African accent [video]

It turns out Scottish actor, David Tennant can start off quite well with his idea of the South African accent, but it quickly changes into a Birmingham accent.

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During a recent interview on The Late Late Show, host James Corden, Scottish actor, David Tennant and actress, Elizabeth Banks tried their best to nail the South African accent.

When Corden asks Tennant about filming a project called Good Omens in Cape Town, South Africa, and whether he was able to grasp the SA accent, Tennant agrees that he cannot grasp the accent fully.

“I can’t get it,” says Tennant about the South African accent. “I can start off quite well, ” he says further in his best version of the SA accent, “but it turns out like I’m coming from Birmingham.”

When Corden tries, he actually does sound like a South African.

“I can do it, yes. You have to be here…it’s here.”

Banks, on the other hand, can only mock Leonardo DiCaprio’s South African accent from his film, Blood Diamond.

“This is Africa,” she says in DiCaprio’s tone.

The chat later turns to dialects within a country, and Massachusetts native Banks admits she sometimes struggles to understand some of her family’s thick Boston accent.

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Watch: James Corden, David Tennant and Elizabeth Banks on the South African accent

This is not the first time Tennant talked about his struggle with the South African accent.

Back in 2016 during a Room 101: Series Preview on BBC One, Tennant did say that he just can’t do the South African accent.

“Usually with a bit of practise and a bit of time, I can do most accents, but my Waterloo is the South African accent. I don’t know why it should be. I don’t know what it is about it that is elusive to my ear, but I’ve tried and I’ve struggled.”

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