PopWatch Confession: How DO you pronounce that name?

122041__invasion_lOoh! Starting Over‘s just about to come on, which puts me in an oddly confessional mood. And while I’m not quite ready to regale you with my tale of breaking out of a refrigerator box to learn about tearing down ”walls,” I will reveal a small slice of pop-culture shame: the list of celebrity names I’m afraid to say out loud.

(Deep breath.)

Okay, here goes: Invasion‘s William Fichtner (pictured). Good Night, and Good Luck‘s David (Day-vid) Strathairn. Peter Stormare (he of Prison Break and those hilarious VW ads).

Go ahead: Call me a dork. But somehow I’m guessing there’s at least one actor whose surname (cough) you don’t (mumble) risk enunciating (garble) for fear of ridicule. Go ahead. Take off the mask. Share with the group. Because it’s important to know how you feel about your feelings.

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  • Tim L

    Ralph (Raif? The Ef?) Fiennes

  • GOB

    Todd Solondz
    Mirwais Ahmadzai

  • Don

    I’ll always pronounce “William Fichter” as “Ken Rosenberg”.

  • C A

    Here’s mine: David Boreanaz (Angel/Bones), Chloe Sevigny (I can hardly spell it either) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24).

  • andy

    I doubt I’m alone here:
    Chiwetel Ejiofor of Love Acutally, Serenity, & Inside Man.

  • TPK

    Um, how about Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko from Lost).

  • Meredith

    S. Epatha Merkerson…but now that she’s won a Golden Globe and an Emmy, its a little easier
    Goran Visnjic…but I’ll just look at him and it will allll be fine :)

  • nina

    Joaquin Phoenix. Before I found out the correct pronunciation of his first name, I thought it was “Joe-a-quinn.”

  • Jordan Gray

    Peter Stormare is pronounced:
    Store Uh Mar E
    I am editing the documentary for the DVD of a film of his called Unknown, and in it, one of his cast members gives him s*** about not being able to pronounce it, so he sets the record straight. I was confused until then too.
    Question: Why did you get involved with the film?
    Mark Boone Jr: (to Peter) “I just wanted to learn how to pronounce your name.”
    Stormare: “Yeah, I know. It’s tricky. Store uh mar e”
    Boone Jr: “Store uh mar e?”
    Stormare: “That sounds Italian?”
    Stormare: “Yeah, it is.”
    Boone Jr: “Oh.”

  • Lyle

    What about Daveigh Chase?

  • Stephanie

    Peter Stormare is pronounced like Store and Mare as in in horse. I used to get Stellan Skarsgaard confused with Peter Sarsgaard (last section pronounced: “guard”). But then who am I to talk? My last name is Travitsky. When I first began my job, the manager put down “travesty” on the staff schedule. I told her that it was a travesty that you spelled my last name incorrectly.

  • Charlie

    I find that you can mispronounce almost any name, as long as you do so with complete confidence :)

  • MJ

    The one that’s perplexed me for years is Zeljko Ivanek.

  • Lloyd

    M. Night Shahamamahalaman

  • Kat

    Yes! M. Night Shamalama, all the way

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