Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Actors with commonly mispronounced names.

Off the top of my head…
Joaquin Phoenix (H-Wakeen)
Kirsten Dunst (Keersten)
Saoirse Ronan (Seersha)
Ioan Gruffudd (Yo-an Griffith)
Jake & Maggie (Jyllenhall)

Gael Garcia Bernal (Ga-yel Gar-thia Bernal)
Ralph Fiennes (Rafe Fines)
Cillian Murphy (Killian)
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Rees-meyers)

If you can think of any others please add them in the comments and I’ll update the main blog entry!


Anonymous said...

the Gyllenhaals:


Unknown said...

My personal favourite...Ioan Gruffudd.


You can't not have him!

Emma said...

Noted and added!

Unknown said...

And Cilian murphy? I'm getting way too into this..

J.D. said...

Ralph Fiennes! Ralph Fiennes!

DL said...

Wow, I had no idea that you pronounced Gruffudd like Griffith.

And yes, way too many people mispronounce Ralph Fiennes' name.

Anonymous said...

Scarlett Johansson - it's Scarlett Yo-hansson.

Anonymous said...

"Joaquin" is actually pronounced more like "Hwakeen", if my understanding of phonetics is correct, which it probably isn't.

I remember having some fun times trying to explain to various foreign friends at university why Sean Bean was pronounced "Shawn Been" and not either "Shawn Bawn" or "Seen Been". I'm not sure it ever really made sense to anyone.

In other news, I'm moving to a flat of my own in December!

Anonymous said...

Aishwarya Rai, Charlize Theron, Eva (Evah or EEva?) Green, Ewan McGregor, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Rees-meyers), Rebecca Romjin (haha), and... that's all I can think of.

Emma said...

Thank you very much everyone, there's a couple there I didn't know!

Congrats Paul, btw. What's the flat like?

Kayleigh said...

I love the name Hwah-keen (and the whole package that goes with it). Isn't it just really pretty....Joaquin...
Saoirse is very pretty too, i love Gaelic names.
What about directors, like Guillermo Del Toro (Gee-err-mo)

Catherine said...

Pretty much any Irish name.

Anonymous said...

Checkout http://inogolo.com/ for pronunciations of many mispronounced names.

Anonymous said...

gerard butler. I'm not sure how it is pronounced but I know it is not the way we Americans say it. It might be a harder G or something.

Anonymous said...

Also Marion Cotillard.
Pronounced "Ko-ti-ya"
And what is the correct pronunciation of Aishwarya Rai? I never know.

Anonymous said...

Saoirse is supposed to be pronounced "Seer-sha", but Saoirse Ronan pronounces it as "Sur-sha"

Anonymous said...

Charlize Theron!! I think everyone I know mispronouces her name.

It's "Char-lease" (L is slightly silent) "Tron" (roll the R slightly on both names).

At least that how it's properly pronounced the South African way. :)


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