Should performers just stop trying to do accents?

Sure, a wonderfully done accent is something we can admire in a performance, but they are so often so poorly done that actors should just give up. That's the proposal from Guardian writer Veronica Lee on Q today. I have to admit, when I hear a really badly done accent, I do find myself wondering why the director let the performer do it. It can ruin an otherwise solid performance. And wouldn't it in fact help our suspension of disbelief to drop the accent altogether? But we still reward any actor who tries (and even fails) with award nominations... What do you think? Should we encourage actors to stop trying? Or are accents too important to performances? (And what's the worst-done accent you've ever heard an actor do?)
-LR, Q producer

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