Johnny Depp fans left baffled over his accent during reading at Shane MacGowan’s funeral
Johnny Depp pulled on heartstrings on Friday, 8 December as he performed a touching reading of Prayer of the Faithful at Shane MacGowan's funeral – who sadly passed away age 65 last week following a battle with pneumonia.
However, many were left distracted over the Kentucky-born star's accent, as it appeared he was using an Irish accent for the moment.
Shane, who hails from Dublin, Ireland, was best known for the Christmas classic The Fairytale of New York, which is expected to top this year's charts.
The singer had been discharged from hospital over a week before after undergoing treatment for viral encephalitis, a condition in which swelling develops on the brain.
Johnny, who had been friends with the musician for a number of years, joined stars such as Game Of Thrones' Aiden Gillen and Nick Cave for the funeral.
The service was streamed live so fans could dial in and pay their respects, with many picking up on Johnny's change in voice.
"I’m sure Johnny Depp was trying to do an Irish accent in his eulogy!" one fan noticed as they shared to Twitter.
Another echoed, "Did I imagine Johnny Depp's Irish accent or was that really a thing?"
Testing out some theories as to why he sounded Irish, one user suggested: "He played guitar with Shane McGowan and the Pogues on a few songs. The accent must have rubbed off on him!!"
Making an unlikely friendship, Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny serenaded Shane and his wife Victoria at their wedding in Copenhagen in 2018.
'His wife Victoria is a wonderful partner for Shane,' Depp said, 'they're best friends, and I've seen that continue over these many years under all kinds of duress.'
Alongside Johnny's reading, Shane's sister Siobhan and widow Victoria also read out eulogies, with music from the Pogues also featuring in the ceremony.
Victoria recently appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain where was interviewed by Ed Balls and Susanna Reid. She said: “I don’t think Shane would mind too much if Fairytale goes to number one.
“I don’t think it was ever that important to him, because I think that he really appreciated the fact that so many people love it and it means so much to so many people, and being number one isn’t really all about being appreciated.”
Asked how she felt about the song when she first heard it before it was released, she said: “I think I might have thought it was a little bit cheesy at the time.
“Sometimes these songs did seem a bit cheesy, but then, when you heard them properly, you get it, you know? I often criticised his songwriting, which didn’t go down too well. I do love it now.”
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