Aisling Bea teases critics of her English accent in Home Alone remake

‘The character is British!’ Irish actress Aisling Bea can’t hide her fury after fans criticise her for ditching her native lilt in favour of a cut-glass English accent for Home Alone remake

  • Home Sweet Home Alone is out on November 12 and sees Archie Yates in a role made famous by Macaulay Culkin in 1990
  • Trailer released yesterday sees first glimpse of Aisling Bea playing Carol, mother to 10-year-old Max, who gets left behind as his family head to Tokyo
  • Some fans were left bemused by the Irish star acting with an English accent 
  • Bea, 37, took to Twitter last night to explain – with a hint of frustration – why she wasn’t speaking with her native Irish accent in the film

Irish star Aisling Bea, who stars in the much-anticipated remake of cult holiday film Home Alone, has vented her frustration on social media after some fans didn’t like her English accent. 

The 37-year-old plays Carol in Home Sweet Home Alone, mother to 10-year-old Max (Archie Yates), who, like Kevin McCallister in the original, gets left to his own devices when his parents forget to take him on holiday. 

However, when the film’s trailer was released yesterday, Bea’s attempt at an English accent sparked a flurry of tweets – with many apparently disconcerted that she’d ditched her usual Irish lilt in favour of a English accent. 

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The trailer for Home Sweet Home Alone, the remake of 1990 classic, was released yesterday and offered a first glimpse of Aisling Bea playing Carol, mother to 10-year-old Max, who gets left behind as his family head to Tokyo – but some were bemused by the Irish actor’s accent

Bea, 37, (pictured in the film) took to Twitter last night to explain – with a hint of frustration – why she wasn’t speaking with her native Irish accent in the film

@benallenwf snarked: ‘Aisling Bea with an English accent… I’m reporting this for offensive content.’ 

@Pesopesopeso4 added: ‘Love Aisling but dear lord she should have passed on this one. I mean, did she get lessons from dick van dyke?!’ 

@carrielamarr penned: ‘For the love of Jesus, why couldn’t they have Aisling Bea use her own accent, which is sublime?’ 

@AaronFlattery added: ‘Can’t explain how uncomfortable Aisling Bea doing an English accent has made me.’

Bea, clearly frustrated with the avalanche of tweets, took to social media last night to explain exactly why she couldn’t use her own intonation – and showed off a few other accents while she was there too, dipping into Texan, Scottish and Australian. 

She said: ‘To everybody who has been wondering online why I have an English accent in the new Home Alone movie, it’s because… the character’s English.

Home Sweet Home Alone is out on November 12 and sees Archie Yates in a role made famous by Macaulay Culkin in 1990

The star took to Twitter last night to explain Carol’s accent, saying: ‘To everybody who has been wondering online why I have an English accent in the new Home Alone movie, it’s because… the character’s English.’

She added: ‘If she was Irish, she would speak very much like I do, because I am from Ireland. But, this character is not from Ireland, she’s from England.’

Later, Bea showed off an impressive Yorkshire accent suggesting that if people wanted to see her with her native intonation, they could watch her in This Way Up instead

‘If she was from England and spoke with an Irish accent, then that would be quite strange. 

‘If she was Irish, she would speak very much like I do, because I am from Ireland. But, this character is not from Ireland, she’s from England.’ 

Later, Bea also showed off an impressive Yorkshire accent suggesting that if people wanted to see her with her native intonation, they could watch her in This Way Up instead. 

Archie Yates, pictured in Home Sweet Home Alone, is best known for playing Yorki in the 2019 comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit.

The Home Alone reboot, out on November 12, sees Archie Yates in a role made famous by Macaulay Culkins in 1990. Archie is best known for playing Yorki in the 2019 comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit.

Archie, 12, portrays Max Mercer in the reboot and his character gets left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays.

Max then protects the family home when a married couple attempt to break-in to retrieve a priceless heirloom.

Ellie Kemper, 44, Kenan Thompson, 43, and Rob Delaney, 44, also star in the family comedy directed by Dan Mazer with a script by Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell.

Macaulay also will make a cameo appearance reprising his role as Kevin from the first two Home Alone movies.

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