Best casting decisions ever made in movies

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  1. Richard Baker

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    The "Worst casting decisions ever made in movies" thread got me thinking- some films cast an actor or actress in a perfect role- one they seemed born to do. Some fit into the character as a hand into a glove, others have the difficult task of portraying someone who was a cartoon or fictional character people are familiar with and already have a set idea about how it should be.

    As one of the worst list nominees I offered Rosie O'Donnell as Betty in 'The Flintstones', here I balance with John Goodman as Fred Flintstone. He had the voice and mannerisms nailed and looked as much like the animated Fred as a human could.

    Other nominees:

    Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Ironman.
    A flawed character with a lot of baggage but focused on the big picture. Marvel has made a lot of great casting choices bring their world to life but RDjr in my opinion was the best. He makes mistakes, has a great balance of an inflated ego and self-deprecating humor, is both self centered and able to sacrifice everything for a good cause.

    Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
    While his Han Solo role is iconic, as Indy he played a much more complex character- you could see an honest passion for antiquities, a thrill of discovery and the ability to improvise an impossible situation into victory. While the 'Kingdom of the Glass Skull' was disappointing, the initial trilogy is some truly fine work.

    Josh Brolin as Young Tommy Lee Jones in MIB3
    TLJ played a very distinctive character and trying to capture Agent K at a younger part of his life was a very difficult task that Brolin pulled off well. It would have been easy to just imitate Tommy Lee Jones's mannerisms and style, but Brolin showed us where that character evolved from.

    Opinions?
     
  2. Scarecrow Joe

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    Always found Ewan McGregor spot on as Obi Wan in the prequels.
     
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    -Hamill, Ford, and Fisher as Luke, Han, and Leia

    -James Earl Jones as Vader and Mufasa

    -Fox and Lloyd as Marty and Doc

    -Ledger as Joker

    -Another mention for Downey Jr as Stark
     
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    As soon as I read the thread title I immediately thought of Ford as Indy.
     
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  5. Richard Baker

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    Especially when you see the original footage with Eric Stoltz in the role
     
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    Victor Mature & Hedy Lamarr ..., Samson & Delilah !
    Hepburn & Bogart ..., The River Queen.
    Christopher Reeves as Superman...,
    Sean Connery as James Bond .
     
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    That's Hedley!
     
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    Not sure if you mean Christopher Reeve, or George Reeves;)
     
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    Surely Not !?
     
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    Oops !, meant Reeve ..., that’s what happens when you go on the ‘net and start interacting after a night on the grog !(n):lol:
     
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    Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars.
     
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    Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
     
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    It's hard to imagine anyone else as Logan than Hugh Jackman.
     
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    It really is he made the roll his own which is ironic as hes as far away physically from comic book logan as you can get
     
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    Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim
     
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    Gary Bakewell as Paul McCartney in 'Backbeat'



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    Sigourney weaver as Ellen Ripley
    Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf
    Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard
    Kate Beckinsale as Selene
    Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser
     
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    Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh
    Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs
    Bella Lugosi as Dracula
    Kurt Russel as Wyatt Earp
    Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday
     
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    Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid
     
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    DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy
    Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock
    William Shatner as Capt. Kirk

    Those threee actors, who were the perfect selection for their roles, are the bedrock of a franchise whose value is measured in the billions and is 50 years old and still running. I would argue that if you removed any one of those three actors, in those roles, then the whole thing would have fallen apart.
     
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    Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona.
    I know Nic Cage could easily be in the opposite version of this thread several times, which makes this performance more intriguing.
    I remember him saying he had to audition 20 times, and the Coens told him they thought he was hilarious but just couldn't figure out why. He said he based his portrayal on Woody the woodpecker.
     
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    Five foot hairy Canadians don't open $100m+ movies...
     
  23. ALLEY

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    All true, although, I will admit that Eric Stoltz actually looked a lot more like the possible son of Crispin Glover.

     
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    Definitely the best at the time, and maybe the best we'll ever get; but I'm looking forward to seeing the next Wolverine they cast. I've got a few actors that I would certainly love to see give it a crack.
     
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    I have to go with Chris Evans as Captain America. Now I never read the comics, so I thought that he was a really lame character. He just throws a shield around. The MCU version got me on board with the character.
     
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    I think Jeff Bridges and Kevin Flynn are simply inseparable.
     
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    Chris Hemsworth as Thor , and Matthew Broderick as Ferris .
    Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter .
     
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    Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier.

    Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn in the True Grit remake.

    Bradley Cooper as Christopher Kyle in American Sniper.
     
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    Boris Karloff in Frankenstein...He was simply sublime in his performance.



    Peter Cushing as Van Helsing in every Hammer film.

     
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    Mel Gibson as Mad Max,and Martin Riggs (altough i love Clayne Crawford as Riggs)

    Bruce Willis as john McClane

    And although it should not have worked Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery,and of course Clancy Brown in Highlander
     
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    Robert Shaw as Quint.

    Brando as Vito Corleone (the studio wanted Danny Thomas!!!) Coppola had to fight for him.

    Bogart as Rick Blaine.

    The entire cast of John Huston's version of The Maltese Falcon. They're the characters off the page projected onto the screen.

    Fledgling stage actor Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence.

    Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West.

    Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.

    Henry Fonda as Tom Joad (the studio wanted Tyronne Power) in The Grapes of Wrath.

    Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl.

    Leonard Nimoy as Spock.

    James Cagney as Cody Jarrett in White Heat.

    Stuntman and bit player John Wayne as the Ringo Kid in Stagecoach.
     
  32. Richard Baker

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    Charlton Heston as Moses in 'The Ten Commandments'
    Just imagine anybody else speaking those lines- it just does not work...

    Leslie Nielsen as Dr. Rumack in 'Airplane'
    Nielson had always to this point played straight, heroic characters- his role in Airplane not only created the most memorable scenes to the film but it totally changed his career direction to become a comedy icon.
     
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    Both Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland as Spider-man
    Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus in Sam Raimi's Spider-man 2
    Thomas Haden Church as Sandman in Sam Raimi's Spider-man 3

    Ben Kingsley as Gandhi
    Ted Neeley as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar
     
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger as the terminator,it could have been O.j simpson
     
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    Must... resist... urge... for snarky comment.
     
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    Hell, Michael Biehn was in the running for the Terminator too. That would have drastically changed things

    Don't worry, the best part is that the reason they ultimately didn't pursue OJ as The Terminator, is because he was considered to nice and likable by the public (based on previous film roles, and public appearances). They didn't think folks would accept him seriously as a cold blooded killer robot.
     
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    Wasn't Jim also considering Lance Henricksen for the Terminator? He painted Lance as the character for an early pitch..
     
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    I think lance helped pitch the film bye dressing up and going to the producer's office and demanding to be seen "right now" with no appointment and bursting in on them "terminator" style... I could have sworn there is an interview of him telling this story. (y)
     
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    Daniel Radcliffe can play a million different roles and it will never matter. He will always be Harry Potter to me.

    Tobey MaGuire as Spider-Man. He worked as a great Peter Parker, and was a great snarky Spidey. Tom Holland has actually done a very good job in the role, as well. Far better than Andrew Garfield skating down the hallway with his Ryan Seacrest haircut.

    Alan Rickman as Severus Snape.

    Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. One of the greatest recreations of a historical figure I've ever seen.
     
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    From what I remember reading in Cinefex, Arnold was cast as Reece, he was supposed to be the good guy/hero. But he was more interested in the Terminator so he convinced Cameron to let him switch roles. The original concept for the terminator was that it would be a normal looking man, and the endoskeleton would be a mechanical version of a human skeleton, powerful but very spindly and fragile looking. When Arnold was recast Winston was inspired to redesign the endo as a larger massive machine that matched Arnold's physique.

    I'd say a good cast change up all around.
     
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    Being knowledgeable on the production of Terminator and T2, I can confirm that all this is true.
    Speaking of perfect roles, can anyone imagine Woody as anyone other than Tom Hanks?
     
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    Pacino and De Niro in Heat. One of the greatest movies of all time with one of the greatest scenes. Simply magic.

    Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker. They are the voices millions of people imagine when they read a Batman comic/novel.

    Karl Urban as Dredd. * he nailed it.

    Keanu Reeves as John Wick.

    And of Course Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Too pretty for the role but he became the character.
     
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    Tom Cruise as Lestat in Interview with the Vampire.
     
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    100% agree with Robert Downey Jr. being the perfect Iron Man

    Evanna Lynch being such a perfect Luna Lovegood that J.K. Rowling started half-basing the character off of her.

    Alan Rickman as Severus Snape was amazing. He technically was too old for the role by about 20 years, and I've wondered how the character would have been viewed if they had cast someone younger, but he's iconic as the character.

    Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Tall, strong, and beautiful.

    I would put Emma Watson as Belle on here, though it would have been better is she could sing.
     
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    Alan Rickman was great as Snape but I think my favorite role he was in was Dr. Lazarus in Galaxy Quest. He played the character on several levels, as the weary actor trapped by nostalgia opening up electroncs stores and as a wonderful fusion of Spock and Worf in his role. There were some scenes where he played both at the same time- notable the epic dinner scene where he is given a dish of oily bugs and towards the end when alien who used him as a role model dies and goes full on revenge. You could see the man as an actor and also the character he played working together.
     
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    Rickman was also great in Quigley down under.
     
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    Hey! I was gonna say that!
     
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    Tom Hanks—Capt. Miller in “Saving Private Ryan”. He made that movie what it was and was believable in the role. I didn’t look at him on the screen and think, “there’s Tom Hanks”; I saw the character.
     
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    This is exactly why I said Bradley Cooper in American Sniper. I never once saw Bradley Cooper playing Chris Kyle, I just saw Chris Kyle.

    I'll add, Gary Oldman in every role he has ever played.

    Aaron Ekhart as Harvey Dent / Two Face in TDK was just as well cast as Heath Ledger as Joker.
     
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