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James Corden does his best Harry Potter. (Image: CBS / YouTube)

Renée Zellweger‘s British accent is on point in Bridget Jones’s Baby. We just wish we could say the same about everyone who auditioned.

One heretofore unknown audition tape came to light on The Late Late Show last night (September 21), and, if nothing else, it provided some insight into why producers went with Patrick Dempsey in the end.

As we know, Hugh Grant decided not to reprise his role as Daniel Cleaver in the third installment of the Bridget Jones saga, leaving an opening for a new leading man to once again lock horns with Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth).

Step forward one James Corden. Well, he’s British, isn’t he? Dashing? And charming?

Let’s just say he gave it his level best. First, Renée gave her cue—the bombshell that she, or Bridget, is pregnant—before James tried out every well-known British icon he could think of, from Harry Potter to Hugh Bonneville and the Queen. Along the way he got through a few pretty atrocious accents, proving once and for all, if proof were needed, that the British accent is tricky, even for some Brits.

Take it away, James:

Hmm. Maybe next time.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.