Angelina Jolie left Hollywood confused when she greeted Derby-born actor Jack O’Connell with a friendly "ay up me duck", complete with an East Midlands accent, at a US awards ceremony this week.
Jolie's stab at O'Connell's accent was made as she presented him with an award at the Hollywood Film Awards.
The Oscar-winning actress showered praise on O'Connell, who stars in her upcoming war drama Unbroken, telling the audience: "It's hard to find a young man today with more fight, more fire."
Jolie then introduced him as "the least Hollywood artist I know, straight from Derby, ay up me duck, Jack O'Connell".
The phrase was met with silence from the baffled audience. Meanwhile, those living closer to O’Connell’s home town became quite excited by her reference.
Love that Angelina Jolie has been heard saying 'ay up me duck' live on TV! #EastMidlands; Laura Pollock (@Laura_Poll) November 18, 2014
Hearing Angelina Jolie saying "Ay up me duck" in a somewhat Derby accent is so surreal! It's the start of world domination! #AyupMeDuck; liamski (@liamski7) November 19, 2014
Who'd have thought that Angeline Jolie would have been the one to make it acceptable to greet people with 'ay up me duck' outside my Shire!; Gee Baker (@geezworld234) November 19, 2014
Hearing Angelina Jolie say "Ay up me duck" in a "sort of" Derby accent, is one of the more surreal things I've experienced.; Ant Beal (@AntBeal) November 18, 2014
It was then left for the actor to arrive on stage and greet them with “ay up me ducks”, showing Jolie what an East Midlands accent actually sounds like.
Unbroken follows the life of the late Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Jolie produced and directed the film and cast O'Connell as the protagonist.
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Jolie said Zamperini himself approved of her casting O’Connell to play him before his death in April, saying: "As a director, to have Jack in front of your lens is a gift. He makes every moment honest.”Reuse content