Best casting decisions ever made in movies

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  1. Laspector

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    I've gotta agree with that. I have never been a Tom Cruise fan (even before he went nuts) and when it was announced he would be LeStat I thought it was a horrible decision. But I will have to admit he owned that role. I could never think of anyone as LeStat except him. That guy in the second one was AWFUL!!!
     
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    Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison. I really thought he should have been nominated for an Oscar for that one.
     
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    Val Kilmer as Madmartagen in Willow. Love the movie, mostly because of him.
     
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    Lets keep talking about Val Kilmer.....his role as Doc Holiday stole the show in Tombstone.

    "Im your huckleberry"
     
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  5. Richard Baker

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    I liked Val Kilmer in 'Real Genius' - he had the best lines in the film.

    Mitch: You know, um, something strange happened to me this morning...
    Chris Knight: Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
    Mitch: No...
    Chris Knight: Why am I the only one who has that dream?

    Mitch: What are you doing?
    Chris Knight: Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
     
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  6. Richard Baker

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    Gary Oldman (like Meryl Streep) has the uncanny ability to so become a character that you cannot see them as themselves- I never recognize he is playing the part even if I know before hand.

    He also adds little unscripted flourishes to make each unique- he gave Zorg a southern accent in 'The Fifth Element' on his own just to make the character a bit more interesting...
     
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  7. gedmac66

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    Not movies , but Lee Majors as the Six Million Dollar Man and Linda Carter as Wonder Woman

    Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense ...
    Gregory Peck is Atticus Finch .
     
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  8. Richard Baker

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    David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight in 'Knightrider'
    IIRC they had planned on a totally different style of interaction between him and KITT but he improv'd the 'buddy' thing and it worked so well they altered the scripts to accommodate it.
     
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    Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf
    Christopher Lee as Saruman
    Andy Serkis as Gollum/Sméagol and Viggo Mortensen as Strider/Aragorn ...,

    The entire cast for the LOTR films was pretty much spot on , but those above were exceptional imho ! ;)
     
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  10. Scarecrow Joe

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    I have another one....Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins.

    Also Robin Williams as Genie in Aladdin.
     
  11. Kovnyn

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    Robin Williams was another who owned each role he took on, even if the movie itself was rubbish. Movies like Good Morning, Vietnam and Good Will Hunting, he was perfect. One Hour Photo, he was good, but I didn't like the movie.

    Slightly off topic, but I had the pleasure of meeting him twice. He was such a great guy and the world is less of a place without him.
     
  12. George

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    He played a brilliant role in August Rush as a 'villain'.Scared the you-know-what out of me seeing him portray this character,but it was done so professionally.He was funny both on and off screen.
    Rest his soul
     
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    Peter Weller as Robocop
     
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  14. Richard Baker

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    While it was a pretty odd movie, Robin Williams nailed Popeye- he wasn't scrawny, but he had the voice and mannerisms down perfect.
     
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    This is perfect casting:

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  16. Kovnyn

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    Yes. J. K. Simmons is JJJ. No else else could ever be JJJ.
     
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  17. Rogue

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    "Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones"

    That was "great" casting.

    What was truly genius casting - and to my mind, the best casting ever - was Sean Connery as his father.
     
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    Bruce Willis as Korben Dallas, thank god it wasn't Mel Gibson. Whole 5th element cast is rather good I think
     
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    Ben Afleck as Batman. I said it and I stand by it.
     
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    And I stand by you. Loved Affleck as Batman.
     
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    True. Loved him as the Dark Knight.
     
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    I agree with dascoyne on the Firefly crew casting. Each one of them were spot-on and together they had a magic that is so incredibly rare!
     
  23. Riceball

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    I agree, every time I watch that show and esp. during the scenes in where they're just relaxing and enjoying each others company, I always get the feeling that they weren't acting in those scenes and that they were genuninely having a good time, just enjoying being together.
     
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    Robert Urich as Spenser and Avery Brooks as Hawk in Spenser for Hire.I can`t picture any one else in these roles.
     
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    Robin Williams in Hook as a grownup Peter Pan.
     
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    The entire cast of Superman (1978). I don't care what they are saying about Margot Kidder in that "other" thread. She was a GREAT Lois Lane.

    And even though it's not out yet, I'm going to go out on a limb and say Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers.
     
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  27. CT1138

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    Likewise, Dustin Hoffman was THE quintessential Captain Hook of my childhood.
     
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  28. dascoyne

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  29. Potroclo

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    Yes! Australian blue heeler, best doggo ever 7-mad-max-2-trivia.jpg
     
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  30. Kovnyn

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    To be fair, anyone with that build could've played Lord Humungus.

    What I love about the Mad Max movies is that the actor who played Toecutter from Mad Max is also Immortan Joe in Fury Road. That was the best casting decision among a slew of great casting decisions.
     
  31. Laspector

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    I don't understand that logic. Road Warrior: A guy whose face was covered the entire time could have been played by anyone. Fury Road: Another guy whose face is covered the entire film, yet because the guy was in a former film, it was great casting?
     
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    Maybe not great casting, but essentially an Easter egg. Can't think of another movie that's done something similar.
    Sure, they could have cast anyone for the role, but the fact that they recast the first villian of the series made it that much better, for me at least.
     
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  33. Richard Baker

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    Benedict Cumberbatch as The Grinch
    Saw this film last Saturday- usually we wait on animated films to be on Disc but it was a special family Christmas outing.
    I grew up with the original animated version and thought Jim Carrey did a pretty good job with the role, but this new film blows that away. Carrey had the voice down but everything was spoken pretty much at the same level and inflection. Cumberbatch not only nailed the voice (which is very different from his own), but expressed a full range of emotion and nuance- he acted within that character.
     
  34. Richard Baker

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    Tom Skerritt as Dallas in the film 'Alien'
    That movie has wonderful casting but in my opinion Tom Skerritt plays his part perfectly. He is not an heroic captain out to save the day, he is a working guy just doing a job and in over his head. His scenes with Ripley imply they have a history together but they have put that behind them. His performance is subtle and well tuned- his interactions with the rest of the crew shows familiarity with them and their idiosyncrasies and he manages them well.
     
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    I agree. They needed a grown adult who could act like a kid. Williams was perfect. Its really a good fun movie.
     
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    Speaking of scenes where they weren't acting... "The Message" (episode 12, but wasn't aired on FOX) was the last episode they filmed, and the final shot, at Tracy's funeral, was the final scene filmed, right after they'd learned the show had been canceled. Those emotions were real, they were treating it as the show's funeral as well.
     
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    There are so many, but for me these 2 stand out the most. Tom Hanks as "Forrest Gump" and Christopher Reeve as "Superman." Although I have watched and liked several Superman portrayals since Reeve, none have come close to capturing how perfect he was as both "Superman" and "Clark Kent."
     
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  38. dascoyne

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    Much of Alien’s gravity owes a lot to the nuance in his performance. One of many perfect scenes comes to mind is probably something most folks wouldn’t think twice about - when Ripley confronts him about ordering Ash to bypass the quarantine. I love how he delivers, “Look, I just wanna get the hell outta here.” I savor the way the moment was framed, shot and performed.

    Alien would have been a lesser film without Tom Skerritt.
     
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  39. Richard Baker

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    One of the best moments in that scene is when she closes the door in front of him and he kinda sighs, turns around with a look like "are we going to do this now?"- you can tell those two people used to be a couple and split, settling to just working with each other to get the job done.
    People always fix on the Alien design and graphic death scenes, for me the best part of the movie is the dynamics between the different characters, something that Ridley Scott fails to recreate in his new prequel films.
     
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    WAYNE was best ROOSTER, BRIDGES, dull second, OATS, oddball third place ..
     
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    Bogie as Dobbs in sierra Madre ..Unsurpassed ! !
     

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