Sir Sean helped Mel Gibson with Braveheart accent

Listening to Sir Sean Connery is said to have helped Mel Gibson 'perfect' his Scottish accent for the film Braveheart. Pic: Reuters/David Moir

Listening to Sir Sean Connery is said to have helped Mel Gibson 'perfect' his Scottish accent for the film Braveheart. Pic: Reuters/David Moir

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Hollywood actor Mel Gibson has revealed how he worked on his Scottish accent for Braveheart over dinner with Sir Sean Connery.

Critics panned Gibson’s less than authentic accent in his portrayal of William Wallace when the move was first released 20 years ago.

But Gibson, 58, revealed his portrayal of Scotland’s most famous patriot could have been even worse without the help of his friend, Edinburgh-born Sir Sean, 83.

“I had dinner with Sean one time and Hungarian goulash was on the menu,” said Gibson. “To hear Sean actually utter a word like ‘goulash’ is a lesson in itself. You just pick up the accent from the people you’re talking to and hearing and he helped me perfect my Scots accent.”

Stars of the film attended a special screening at Edinburgh’s Dominion Cinema to mark its 20th anniversary earlier this week.

The event – attended by Braveheart stars Brian Cox and Angus Macfadyen, 50 – also coincided with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Dundonian Cox, 68, who was sporting a Yes campaign badge, said: “Braveheart was just a movie but this referendum is the real deal; it’s about democracy. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Scotland to take its place in the world.”