Best Worst Scenes (Accents No.4) - Mickey Rooney attempts to start WWIII in Breakfast At Tiffany's
Guilty Party - Mickey Rooney.
Worst ever accent? I think so.
Firm evidence favouring the theory that a film can become famous for nothing more then a poster or single image, Breakfast At Tiffany's is one of the most over-exposed films in history. While not a bad film, how many people can quote the razor sharp dialogue? How many people know the ridiculous, spiraling plot? Now how many of you know someone who owns a poster of Audrey Hepburn staring at you cheekily across a table, cigarette taper in one velvet gloved hand? Thought so.
It's ironic because the film should be know for an entirely different image.
Is He Playing An Oriental Bugs Bunny?
As Mr.Yunioshi, Holly's (Audrey Hepburn) Japanese landlord, Mickey Rooney gave what many consider to be one of the most racist performances of all time. Even back in the far less PC world of 1961 many reviewers had a hard time describing
Breakfast At Tiffany's depiction of Japanese people
, A.H Weiler of The New York Times calling it "broadly exotic". A better term might have been horribly misguided and cringe-inducingly offensive. See for yourself. If other scenes in this list have been funny, this scene is more likely to induce shock and horror. Mr.Yunioshi's speech is underlined to make it easier to tell apart from the other characters.
Mr.Yunioshi : Wwwaah...Ohhhh woo... Wat-Ick-Ka... Wooo SignEE... YAHHHH Yeee eooooo... Ehhh...ehhh GAH!... Unnnn Uhhhhhnnnnn gah..wuoh....ohhhh mesa goo wight whay.goooo gahhh sayy woooo... soomme dai, somme daiiii mesa go wight whay
Cid : What happened to you anyway? You take off to the powder room and that's the last I see of you.
Holly : Now really Harry...
Cid : Harry was the other guy. I'm Cid, Cid Arbooke, you like me remember?
Mr.Yunioshi : MISSA GO LIGHT-LAY!! EIYE PWOTAAASTE!
Holly : Oh darling I am sorry but I lost my key.
Mr.Yunioshi : Boat dat-sha-whasha toe wheeks ag-go, y-E-oua canna go-onnah O kep ringaa ma bwell. y-E-oua distwerbba me. y-E-oua musht hava khey meade!
Holly : But it won't do any good I'd just lose them all.
Cid : Oh come on baby, you like me, you know you do!
Holly : I worship you Mr.Arbooke but good night Mr.Arbooke!
Cid : Oh wait but baby wait a minute! What is this? You like me I'm a lice (?!) guy! You like me baby you know you do! Didn't I pick up the cheque for five people, your friends I never seen em before and when you asked for a little change for the powder room what do I give you? A fifty dollar bill, now doesn't that give me some rights?
Mr.Yunioshi : EH THUTHY SWECOND I GWO CALLA DEH PWOLLESHE! AWWAH DEH TWIME WISHA DISH-TURBA, EIYE CANNA NAH SWHEEP. I GWAT TWO-GESH-MIA WHEST I'M AH AWTIST! EH GWANNA CWOLLAFRY SWAG ORN EWE!!
Holly : Don't be angry you dear little man I won't do it again. If you promise not to be angry I might let you take those pictures we mentioned.
Mr.Yunioshi : Whha-eean?
Holly : Sometime