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THE Scottish accent is one that seems to elude many actors in the film and TV industry and we thought we would take a look at some portrayals that will not have Scots lining up to hear again.

A recent attempt by an American group to create a crowdfunded series about Celtic Gods raised a few eyebrows in Scotland and beyond, not least because of the questionable accents on display.

The variety of accents in Scotland likely makes it difficult for actors to nail down one true "Scottish" accent, which usually leads to an amalgamation of elongated vowels and harsh tones.

So we've taken a look at some of the worst portrayals of Scottish accents that have made their way to our screens.

Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones may just be putting on a Scottish accent to infiltrate Brunwald Castle, but his attempt for his improvised Lord Clarence MacDonald alias doesn't even fool the German butler who Indy swiftly dispatches with a chop.

Ford's accent goes all over the place and very few of the locations where it lands can be found on a map of Scotland.

His co-star and on-screen dad in the film, Sean Connery, boasts one of the most distinctive Scottish accents in all of cinema but it appears he was not on hand when this scene was filmed to offer Ford some tips.

Perhaps it was an intentionally bad attempt at a Scottish accent due to the butler calling Jones out, but it would have been nice to hear a more authentic attempt.

Cate Blanchett - How to Train Your Dragon 2

Cate Blanchett is an Australian actress with an impressive body of work that boasts the Lord of the Rings series in her vast filmography and an Oscar win for Blue Jasmine.

However, her accent in this animated film cannot exactly be classed as Scottish so it's a saving grace that How to Train Your Dragon is at least set in a fictional world.

Blanchett's character Valkan's other half is Paisley-born star Gerard Butler, so it makes sense that the Aussie would be going for a Scottish brogue, but the attempt unfortunately falls far from the mark.

James Doohan - Star Trek

The much-loved character of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the original series of Star Trek has become the stuff of legend at this point. You can't really be mad at James Doohan's accent as Scotty.

The original series that Doohan, a Canadian actor, starred in was created in the 1960s and set in the 2260s. So, his accent could very well be an entirely accurate Scottish accent from the time.

Doohan's accent is a combination of Canadian, Scottish and Irish with the latter two often getting mixed up by non-native speakers.

Supposed to be from Linlithgow (with a plaque commemorating the famous "resident" in the town), it is at least great that there was a Scot aboard the Starship Enterprise and a bonus that he's the chief engineer.

The phrase "Beam me up Scotty" is now iconic, and Doohan's character was reprised by Simon Pegg in the most recent theatrical series of Star Trek, with a slightly better accent that did have a nod to Doohan's.

Jessica Lange - Rob Roy

An actress with an interesting career having appeared in the 1976 version of King Kong and more recently in the American Horror Story series, Jessica Lange is likely not counting her portrayal of Mary Helen MacGregor amongst her finest moments.

While there are inklings of a Highland dialect in her performance, Lange's broken Scottish accent stands beside Liam Neeson whose portrayal of the title character has an accent that is slightly more accurate owing to his Northern Irish heritage.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen - The Haunting of Bly Manor

The sequel series to Netflix's show The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor features the character Peter Quint as one of its villains, played by English actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Having starred in the original Hill House series as a different character with an American accent, there's no doubting that Jackson-Cohen has acting chops, but the Scottish accent seems to elude him.

He definitely aims for Glaswegian, with a touch of Gerard Butler in there, but Jackson-Cohen has likely not convinced many Scots with his dialect.

Mel Gibson - Braveheart

As we've seen, Aussies tend to struggle with the Scottish accent, but Mel Gibson's blockbuster 1995 hit might have encouraged more to give it a go.

The portrayal of William Wallace is not the worst attempt at a Scottish accent we've heard, but we felt the word that every Scot has heard at least once while on holiday (you know, starts with an F, ends with an M), is enough to bring Gibson onto this list.

Plus, the Battle of Stirling Bridge in the film doesn't even take place on a bridge and Brave Heart was a title used to describe Robert the Bruce - but we're not here to discuss the film's inaccuracies.