Annoying & Irritating TV/Film Catchphrases, Quirks & Tics

One of the interesting aspects of watching actors on the screen, however, lies in some viewers’ ability to notice certain tics that the actor seems to carry through their filmography. Small, seemingly trivial mannerisms or repeated techniques that can be witnessed over and over again in separate films -- some of which are hilarious, while others are simply irritating. Are these actors aware of their tics, or are they purely coincidental? 
 
 
 
James Norton’s incessant repetition of his character’s creepy catchphrase little baby‘ is driving viewers of  BBC1’s The Trial of Christine Keeler up the wall.  Why didn’t he twig it at the read-through? Anywho, I was wondering about what other TV/Film tics and catchphrases have gotten on the audience’s collective wick?
 
 
Well, for starters, there’s Anthony Hopkins saying ‘yeah’ all the time as Pontiff Benedict in The Two Popes (and loads of other movies he’s starred in). As for examples I can offer, how about CSI Miami‘s Horatio Caine (David Caruso)’s cheesy sunglasses ‘moment’ and accompanying naff one-liners?
 

CSI: Miami - Horatio Caine's Sunglasses Moments / One Liners

 
 
 
There’s also River Song (Dr Who)’s ‘Hello Sweetie,Ricky Gervais’s self-satisfied sniggering, and even Hugh Laurie’s American accent in House. As a Brit, this one really, really bugs me.
 

House, a British man trying to speak Mandarin with an American accent || House M D

 
 
‘Nilfgaard’ and similar gibberish every other line in The Witcher?
 

Queen Calanthe Insults Lord Peregrine of Nilfgaard - The Witcher Netflix

 
 
Jeff Bridges frequently descends into indecipherable jabber in many of his movies such as R.I.P.D, True Grit, or Seventh Son?
 

R.I.P.D. (3/10) Movie CLIP - Meet Your New Partner (2013) HD

 

SEVENTH SON - Jeff Bridges

 
 
And speaking of lousy annoying accents, Michael C. Hall’s crummy Brit patois in Netflix’s Safe. I mean, why Michael? for the love of God -- why?
 
 

SAFE Official Trailer (2018) Michael C. Hall Netflix Series HD

 
 
 
 
So am I alone? What other actors’ ticks irk my fellow Bleeding Fool readers? Or is it just me?
 
 
What you talking about Arnell?
 
 
Arnell Esq

Arnell Esq

Broadcast consultant - former Director/Creator of ITV3, ITV4 in the UK, producer/writer (most recently Bob Fosse for Sky Arts in May 2019), commentator/rent-a-gob for trades, broadsheets and magazines. Also occasional lecturer (University of Westminster, London). Content provider.

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