Highlands & Islands

Say fit? Reynolds' Mr Whiskers and other on-screen 'Scots'

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Image caption Ryan Reynolds gives a cat a Scottish accent in The Voices

New film The Voices has a cat that talks with a Scottish accent. Voiced by the movie's lead, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, the ginger tom called Mr Whiskers is the latest movie character to be portrayed as Scots but played by a non-Scot.

Here are 10 more from TV and film:

William Wallace - Braveheart

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Image caption Mel Gibson played Scottish folk hero William Wallace

Who: Mel Gibson

From: US-born Australian

Playing: Scottish folk hero William Wallace

Did you know?: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio would stand at the railings on the Titanic film set and shout "freedom" in the style of Mel Gibson in his movie Braveheart.


Scotty - Star Trek

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Image caption Canadian actor James Doohan as Scotty

Who: James Doohan/Simon Pegg

From: Canada/England

Playing: USS Enterprise's chief engineer Montgomery Scott, better known as Scotty

Did you know?: Linlithgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Elgin have laid claim to being Scotty's birthplace. Pegg and Alice Eve, co-stars in the new Star Trek movies, use special phrases to slip into a Scottish accent.


Lord Clarence MacDonald - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Image caption Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

Who: Harrison Ford

From: USA

Playing: Indiana Jones playing a phoney Scottish lord while trying to rescue his dad from Nazis

Did you know?: Scotsman Sir Sean Connery plays Indy's dad, but that is hardly a surprise fact so stick with us on this one. Long before Disney's Frozen and its snow queen Elsa and her song Let It Go, Last Crusade had a character called Elsa who in a scene is asked to "Let it go". Film trivia gold.


Fairy Gary - Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

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Image caption Bryan Cranston to go from Breaking Bad to JM Barrie

Who: Jeff Bennett

From: USA

Playing: Fairy Gary, a friend of Tinker Bell's who has a Scottish accent and wears a kilt

Did you know?: Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame is to produce the musical Finding Neverland, a Broadway show about Kirriemuir-born author JM Barrie who created Tink Bell in his story Peter Pan


Fragglewump - Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Who: Brian Steele

From: USA

Playing: A Scottish troll known as a Fragglewump

Did you know?: Hellboy - a muscular red, horned demon - is summoned to Earth during World War II in a ritual ceremony performed on a fictional Scottish island


Shrek - Shrek

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Image caption Shrek's Scottish accent is provided by Canadian Mike Myers

Who: Mike Myers

From: Canada

Playing: An ogre

Did you know?: Myers tried his own Canadian accent for Shrek before deciding a Scottish one best suited the character


Destro - GI Joe: The Rise of the Cobra

Who: Christopher Eccleston

From: England

Playing: Film's main villain

Did you know?: Destro's voice-activated missile system responds to Gaelic words


King Frederick - Grimm

Who: Dan Kremer

From: USA

Playing: Plays a villain with a Scots accent in the US fantasy TV series, which is also shown in the UK

Did you know?: Actress Bitsie Tulloch - who plays a veterinarian and the love interest to the show's lead character, detective Nick Burkhardt - has ancestral links to Renfrew and Orkney on her father's side of her family


Shannon Blake - Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster

Image caption Scots singer Sheena Easton pops up in the feature length Scooby Doo

Who: Grey Griffin

From: USA

Playing: Daphne's Scottish cousin who lives on the shores of Loch Ness

Did you know?: Bellshill-born singer Sheena Easton provides the voice for the movie's Prof Fiona Pembrooke


Connor Macleod - Highlander

Who: Christopher Lambert

From: US-born French actor

Playing: An immortal warrior reborn in 1518 in Glenfinnan in the Highlands

Did you know?: Tom Cruise has been linked with the role Sean Connery played in Highlander in a planned remake


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Image caption Kelly Macdonald starred in US show Broadwalk Empire

And what about Scots doing accents other than Scottish?

American: Dougray Scott in Desperate Housewives, Kevin McKidd in Grey's Anatomy, Alan Cumming in The Good Wife and David Tennant in the US remake of Broadchurch.

Irish: Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire.

Russian: Robbie Coltrane in Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough and Alan Cumming in GoldenEye.

The Voices is to be released in UK cinemas later this month.