The Shocking Choice: Matthew McConaughey is cast as the eponymous assassin in Killer Joe.
Why It Was So Surprising: After a solid turn in The Lincoln Lawyer, McConaughey seemed to have put romantic comedies behind him for good with increasingly interesting roles.
Did They Pull It Off: Yep, and McConaughey’s officially one of Hollywood’s hottest actors again – at least when it comes to making left-field choices that pay off massively.
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Mar 11th 2013, 8:17
Pretty sure with Jim Carrey's "shocking" career choice, The Truman Show predates Man on the Moon (Truman opened in 1998, Moon in 1999). Also, I'm not sure some of these are "shocking choices," just unusual.
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Mar 11th 2013, 12:14
What about Tom Cruise in Magnolia? Long before he went 'bad' for Collateral.
Mar 11th 2013, 12:26
Stallone in Copland? John Travolta in Pulp Fiction? Keanu Reeves in... well anything really....
Mar 11th 2013, 13:07
You guys serious about Cruise? Interview With The Vampire? What are you, 12 years old? Who wrote this list?
Mar 11th 2013, 13:21
Its not shocking, it called diversity. Actors chose different roles all the time. Its just that casting directors sometimes think out of the box. Like casting Sir Ben 'Ghandi' Kingseley as a psychotic cockney hardnut. Genius!
Mar 11th 2013, 13:25
Travolta in Pulp Fiction should surely be on this list. near the top as well.
Mar 11th 2013, 13:29
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Mar 11th 2013, 13:47
Orson Welles in Transformers: The Movie
Mar 11th 2013, 15:00
Bette Davis did NOT win an Oscar for What Ever Happened To Baby Jane. She was nominated but was beaten by Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker) that year!
Also, most of those entries are not SHOCKING... they're just evolutions in the respective careers of those actors. What would be shocking is an A-list actor who suddenly appears in Direct to DVD small budget pics. Like Bela Lugosi who was a huge star and ended up in those Ed Wood films...
Mar 11th 2013, 15:01
I dream of a sequel to The Human Centipede with the cast of Ocean's Eleven as the centipede. THAT would be shocking!
Mar 11th 2013, 15:27
Had a blast reading through, but just a heads up -- Davis was nominated for an Oscar for Baby Jane, but she didn't win it. Crawford actually went to accept the award for the real winner that year.
Mar 11th 2013, 15:51
Bette Davis did not win an Oscar for Baby Jane, Anne Bancroft won that year.
Mar 11th 2013, 16:24
Abrams, No1? You taking the p**s? Talk about fan boy brown nosing/
Mar 11th 2013, 16:46
Surely Abrams is an obvious choice by producers rather than shocking. The only unusual aspect is he will have helmed both Star Wars and Star Trek
Mar 11th 2013, 16:51
A sci-fi director with a good track record taking on a sci-fi franchise.... OMG my mind has been blown!
Mar 11th 2013, 17:02
ARe you kidding me!?!!? Spiderman 3 should be wiped off the face of the planet. You are mental for saying it's not that bad...mental.
Mar 11th 2013, 22:52
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Mar 12th 2013, 3:07
No Sylvester Stallone for directing Staying Alive?
Mar 12th 2013, 4:41
The only flaw with the Mark Wahlberg "shock" is that the three supposed funny films he was in, sucked terribly.
Mar 12th 2013, 10:05
Dirk Bogarde went from teen heart-throb in the corny Doctor movies, to playing a blackmailed gay man in Victim, (in a time when being gay was still illegal in England). Me > Josh Winning.
Mar 12th 2013, 16:24
Dylan Baker in Happiness. Let's make a proper list.
Mar 12th 2013, 21:28
Yes, let's. Tony Curtis in The Boston Strangler.
Mar 12th 2013, 22:27
Halle Berry in Catwomen
Mar 12th 2013, 22:28
Robert De Niro in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Truly Shocking!
Mar 13th 2013, 6:11
Tom Hardy in Bronson.
Mar 13th 2013, 7:44
This list if full of "good guys gone bad." What about the opposite. For years Gary Oldman was typecast as a villain. With Sirius Black and Jim Gordon, he proved he could do virtuous, decent characters better than anyone.
Mar 27th 2013, 10:36
Terence Stamp as Bernadette in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert surely rates as a shock bit of casting. General Zod would not have approved.
Mar 27th 2013, 12:29
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