The 29 Worst Movie Miscastings

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    • RebeccaJPayne

      Jan 18th 2010, 12:41

      Paul Bettany would have been my choice.

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    • Schism1805

      Jan 18th 2010, 12:55

      In my humble opinion they went wrong with Edward Norton and Ralph Fiennes in Red Dragon, more so with Ralph. He was toltally wrong for that part. The book has a body builder slaying families not a guy like Ralph.

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    • Rasputin

      Jan 18th 2010, 14:17

      Since you went there with Clooney as Batman, I'd have to suggest Schwarzenegger as Mr Freeze. Anyone who's seen the animated series knows what a tragic character he can be, and when you pick Schwarzenegger to play ANYONE you basically rid them of that - regardless of how bad the given dialogue is. As he might say (perhaps), over and ICE.

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    • giovannisorta

      Jan 18th 2010, 14:30

      Sofia Coppola wasn't great, but Madonna isn't exactly Actor's Studio material herself. Christian Bale would probably be a better choice. Everyone forgets the other glaring miscast from Godfather 3. George Hamilton.

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    • welshdragon42

      Jan 18th 2010, 14:41

      Hmmm - this isn't really a miscast list - its a who you think should be in that role if it was remade now. With a few exceptions you've gone for a name that wasn't famous (enough) at the time. Yes - most/all truely miscast but your replacements are more of a modern day remake wishlist!

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    • welshdragon42

      Jan 18th 2010, 14:41

      Hmmm - this isn't really a miscast list - its a who you think should be in that role if it was remade now. With a few exceptions you've gone for a name that wasn't famous (enough) at the time. Yes - most/all truely miscast but your replacements are more of a modern day remake wishlist!

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 18th 2010, 14:52

      how about highlander? A scotsman is played by a frenchman, and the one actual scot in the film is playing an agentinian! Oh and the entire cast of Bonfire of the vanities, Bruce Willis as Brit journalist? (call bob hoskins) Tom Hanks as master of the universe (call Treat Williams or uh..Bruce Willis)

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    • Niksterino

      Jan 18th 2010, 17:37

      About Godfather 3: yes, because we all know Madonna is such a brilliant actress... I don't really have a feeling this feature is about miscasting, it's mostly about bad movies. When you talk about miscasting, the only thing that should be changed to make a good movie would be the miscasted role, not the direction etc. What I'm saying is that it isn't the miscasting that's the problem of Batman and Robin, Terminator: Salvation, Planet of the Apes...

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    • namedropper

      Jan 18th 2010, 19:17

      I thought Winona Ryder was going to play the daughter in Godfather part 3 until she fell off a horse or something like that and broke her arm. No?

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    • AYBGerrardo

      Jan 18th 2010, 23:42

      The Dogma scene was great. Using Alanis Morrisette was a joke. Brian Cox is not a female musician, so the scene wouldn't have worked. Bad call, TF.

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    • bentgaga

      Jan 18th 2010, 23:43

      so in other words, all the characters you didn't like, from all the movies you didn't like.. should be replaced by Christian Bale

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    • parkerwest5179

      Jan 19th 2010, 12:19

      Topher Grace as Venom anyone?

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    • Frankie88

      Jan 19th 2010, 12:39

      Didn't you post a feature that said Nolan's Batman reboot needs to be recast?

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    • mapguru

      Jan 19th 2010, 14:37

      Agree with most except for #1. Smith made a good pick with Alanis, God is usually played by a man, so it was more random for God to be a woman. Only way it might have been better would have been god as some kind of animal instead.

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    • Agent69

      Jan 19th 2010, 21:27

      Alanis Morrisette #1???????? Have you people even seen Dogma???

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    • micdog2001

      Jan 19th 2010, 22:00

      Agreed Hadouken76, bentgaga and parkerwest5179. I loved Kevin Costner as Robin Hood and think Russell Crowe is wrong for Robin Hood.

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    • blissfollower

      Jan 20th 2010, 18:59

      You leave out the most colossal mis-casting of all: Tom Cruise as the Vampire Lestat in Interview with the Vampire. At least they could have gotten someone who looked the part...

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    • Smurfycat

      Jan 22nd 2010, 16:24

      So basically all male leads should be played by Christian Bale... lemme think for a second. Bad idea! Mr. Bales talent is limited as anyone that saw Terminator 4 should know by now. And no it wasn't the bloody director's fault. Anyone who listended to his "outburst" on the set knows how serious and actor-ish he took that role. Highly overrated, this man! Oh, and Costner was the best Robin Hood to date! Mr. Scott's "Maximus-from-Gladiator-is-Robin-Hood-looking-exactly-like-Maximus-from-Gladiator-and-playing-it-the-exact-same-way" will prove that. Wanna bet?

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    • DanielMcA

      Jan 22nd 2010, 17:20

      @Nathan Ditum: Stone's "madness" in imposing an Irish accent on the cast. I suppose it would be more acceptable that a group of 4th century BC Greeks should speak with a homecounty English accent? Of the 10 leading credits in this film only 1 is English (Gary Stretch), 3 are Irish and 4 American. Perhaps an American accent, therefore, would have been more "democratic", certainly no less incongruous than English. Quite frankly I'm f###ing sick of this covert racism and if I read one more reductive reference "Oirish" in TF I'll come around to your office and bash you over the head with my shillelagh, or I'll set the pig on you.

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    • dogpelt

      Jan 22nd 2010, 21:05

      Now who could we possibly cast as God...one who's voice would strike any human dead? ....Alanis Morrisette seems perfect to me

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    • starwars4life

      Jan 23rd 2010, 0:16

      No, no, no, I know EXACTLY the man who should play God, it's surprisingly genius actually - Morgan Freeman, yes! Brilliant! And to think; with his stature he will fit perfectly into the. . . what? . . . Bruce what? . . . Jim who? . . . Oh.

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    • alexnank

      Jan 24th 2010, 0:35

      i really liked cage in ghost rider, thought he worked really well with the role. also christiansen was perfect for star wars as he managed to continue the trend for very wooden acting in the films oh and tf: stop it with the love of the one role man bale.

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    • yosarian25

      Jan 27th 2010, 16:25

      I agree with comment 19-DanielMcA- although I wouldn't put it quite as strongly as that. I'm Irish too and it is insulting when I read something like that. I feel that you just don't know that you're doing it. Part of the reason I read total film is because normally you are okay with it but over the years there have been several examples of it. Unfortunately I don't keep a racism diary so I can't go back and point out every example of it. What you said up there is nearly the exact same as saying 'Oh yeah, Roots was okay, too many brown people though, the brown people ruined my enjoyment of it.' A couple of issues back you claimed Micheal Fassbender as British, he is Irish, and when this was pointed out to you you literally said "Ah well, sure we're all the the same." But we're not, we're culturally different. It was the attitude contained in that comment, to my mind, was a bit much, you just completely dismissed us, as if we don't even matter. In that very issue you said "British author Darren Shan." Darren Shan is Irish. You are not the worst for it. In one popular magazine, when Ireland were playing Wales in a rugby match, in hugh bold letters taking up an entire page was "THE SHEEPSHAGGERS VERSUS THE TERRORISTS." How could they possibly get away with that and then have the cheek to sell that magazine in Ireland. My point is, although I love your magazine, sometimes I read and am insulted. You have a loyal following of readers in Ireland, we're not stupid, we're not inferior to you please don't imply that in your magazine.

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    • NDitum

      Jan 31st 2010, 13:34

      Yosarian25 - didn't mean to offend. The point wasn't that Irish accents are bad or objectionable in and of themselves. That would be mental - it's about the abitrary decision to use Irish as the de facto Greek accent to match an already (mis)cast lead. And it really isn't like saying Roots is full of brown people, because Roots was a drama about slavery. It's more like if Roots had been made with an all-Chinese cast because the producers had wanted Jet Li in the title role, and the criticism had been 'Nice film, weird that it's full of Chinese people.'

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    • yosarian25

      Feb 1st 2010, 1:22

      NDitum- thanks for responding, I appreciate that. It is nice to know that you are taking note of our grievances. I just want to point out that there was no ire or rage meant in the above comment. I was not raging and ranting around the house about the issue. I saw comment 19 and decided to echo it as it is something I have felt for a long time. I do not think TF is anti Irish or has some anti Irish agenda, even in the slightest. I'll take your point on board but I have not had much time to think about it if truth be told. In fairness I did write "Nearly the same as." And I just used that example because it was in front of me and the other was just the last one I remember from the magazine, neither of them were good examples of what I meant. I don't want to keep going on about it or make a big issue out of it, it's just that sometimes when I read the magazine there is something in it that is, I don't want to say ignorant because that is too strong a word, but somewhat miscalculated. I just want to reiterate that I don't feel TF is doing it on purpose or anti Irish, or to make too big a deal of it. But I do feel strongly enough about it that I wanted to point it out. If I'm honest I'm sorry I mentioned that thing about Roots at all, I was worried I might have offended somebody, which would have been ironic. And while I'm at it I might as well say that I'm sorry for commenting while drunk so often, I was really embarrassed by some of the things I said. Thankfully I've managed to stop myself for a few months. And I just want to say thanks again for responding, and I really do love the magazine.

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    • DanielMcA

      Feb 1st 2010, 20:52

      @NDitum So we've gone from "madness" to the more inoffensive "arbitrary". I can't believe you get paid to write. Do you even know the definition of arbitrary? Stone's decision was very deliberate - his main character was played by an Irish man. He didn't want Farrell faking an English accent just to pander to anglocentric views about the acceptability or otherwise of non-english english language speakers. The position extends to Scots like Connery and Butler in other films where english writers will wryly mock the credibility of their performance because their, god forbid, accent is uncurtailed. Aribitrary would have been to impose an English accent on the 9 out of 10 leading credited performers. This may seem like a rant but it is long overdue. There is an insidious form of racism at the base of this - about conformity, acceptance and the hierarchical positioning of certain accents and therefore people. Before you accuse me of being anti-English let me add, a northern English accent would have been held to equal ridicule by this article - OK for some gritty, contemporary drama but NOT for the classics.

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    • stevolbauer

      Jul 12th 2010, 11:37

      that number 1 is spot on, it was just so stupid on the movie, i hated it

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    • cassandra

      Apr 20th 2011, 12:41

      Brad Pitt was terrific as Achilles...but alas, he was slain by the stupid script, which had him constantly whining. If he had been allowed to play the mythical hero the way he did Raines in Inglorious b*****ds, then Troy would have been a real hit. "We are in the Trojan killing business..." now that's the kind of line he should have had, as opposed to, say, "You are my guest Briseis, and you can leave me if you wish." I am not even mentioning the horrible ending, where Menelaus gets killed and Helen and Briseis both wind up with Paris. The original legend was just the other way around...and managed to survive that way for 3,000 years. It wasn't broke, so why did they have to fix it?

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    • chrisaawalker

      Jan 27th 2013, 19:57

      How is Toby Maguire as Spiderman not in the top 10? Peter Parker was intellectual but not an outcasted geekanoid, like the pathetically weak and monotoned Maguire whose half smiles are supposed to make us think he's a troubled individual..

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    • benjaminfrazier

      Aug 6th 2013, 5:40

      You know what. Already in 2014. We have another contender for this list. That is Megan Fox as April O'Neil. WTF? Oh, what about Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze from Batman and Robin? Where is Johnny Depp from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Where is Rosie O'Donnell from the first Flintstones movie from 1994? Where is Richard Roxburg from Van Helsing? Oh you had Keanu Reeves from Dracula, what about him in Much Ado about Nothing.

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