Best Casting of Famous Characters

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  1. Element 36

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    Hey everyone! With so many famous franchises getting diverse and expansive adaptations across the board, I want to ask the question: What are some of your favorite castings of famous characters ever? This can be in anything, i.e. movies, TV, cartoons, etc., or of anything, i.e. comics, books, stories, etc.

    For example, I'm a big fan of the casting of Chris Evans as Captain America in the MCU and of Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor in Smallville.

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  2. The Mad Professor

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    Obligatory #1: RDJ as Tony Stark.

    Obligatory #2: Christopher Reeve as Superman.

    Obligatory #3: Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

    Pretty much the entire cast of the DC TV shows are excellent, with particular props to Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Grant Gustin (Flash), and Tyler Hoechlin (Superman).

    Pretty much all the MCU, including AoS and the Netflix shows.

    Harrison Ford as both Han Solo and Indiana Jones, both roles that he was not intended to fill.

    Thomas Jane as The Punisher was excellent.
     
  3. Dessa

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    I'm not sure these really count, since Ford originated the characters, and therefore is the image that people think of when they think of those characters, despite the fact that he was not the original idea for the character.
     
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  4. Contec

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    Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt in the movie Sahara based on author Clive Cusslers book with the same name and book series featuring the main character Dirk Pitt.
     
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    Josh Brolin as young Agent K.
     
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  6. dascoyne

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    Every member of the Firefly cast.
    Sure, they created the roles but a mating of casting and writing can't get much better than that, can it?
     
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    Gary Bakewell as Paul McCartney in Backbeat
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  8. Solo4114

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    I'll go out on a limb and say that I thought the casting of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern was brilliant. Unfortunately, he was saddled with a TERRIBLE movie that seriously lacked the kind of vision necessary to pull off a Green Lantern film.

    It's true that the Green Lantern is a really weird superhero concept when you get down to it. Intergalactic space cops with fantastical rings that make their thoughts take form as solid green light, limited only by their imagination and willpower, and resulting in crazy-* imagery like someone willing a green racecar into being just to catch someone, or willing a sword or machinegun or giant fist into existence to hit an enemy. That's....pretty wacky stuff.

    But the thing is, Jack Kirby's version of Thor is no less wacky, what with the TOTALLY outlandish costumes, fantastical Asgardian setting, thees and thous in speech patterns, etc. And yet, even the first kinda ho-hum Thor film was pretty good, or at least was good enough that you never looked at things and thought "My god, this is just laughable!" Sadly, that was not the case with Reynolds' Green Lantern.

    And the thing is, as Hal Jordan, at least the version that I'm most familiar with (starting with the Geoff Johns' era relaunch in the early 2000s), is a character almost perfectly made for him. He's cocky, brash, kind of a jerk, but also has some deep-seated pain and anguish in his life, much of which he's just trying to push past. PARTS of the film tried to show that, but the execution of the film as a whole was just lacking. And the final bad guy being a big cloud of evil was just idiotic (exactly as it was in the Fantastic Four film with Galactus being a giant world-devouring tornado).

    Anyway, great casting, lousy film.


    Reynolds as Deadpool was PERFECT, too. I just watched that this past weekend, and I have to say it is one of the most entertaining films I've seen in 2016. I liked it better than Civil War, actually.
     
  9. mkstewartesq

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    Agreed. Deadpool is now the film I show to friends who "don't like superhero films", and Reynolds is the main reason the film wins them over.

    As far as other casting - I'll go with Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, especially since we have another actor's performance in the role to compare Gambon with. I was never thrilled with Richard Harris in the role as he (understandably, given his illness) seemed too frail and tentative. Gambon captured both the "twinkle" and the strength of the character as reflected in the books.

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    Jeremy Brett - Sherlock Holmes
    Val Kilmer - Doc Holliday
     
  11. dascoyne

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    What about Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison?

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    or James Franco as James Dean?
     
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    Takeru sato as kenshin Himura
    Henry cavill as superman
    majority of the mcu ofc with fav being chris pratt, chris evans and now also chadwick boseman.
    ryan reynolds as deadpool ofc
    wesley snipes as blade
    the lotr cast, especially viggo mortensen and sir ian mckellen

    just a few i could think of atm
     
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan. In the 1980's he was a Frazetta painting come to life.
    History may prove me wrong some day but, to date, there's nobody in the world who could have fit the part better then or since then.
     
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    Edward norton - American history X.

    he played that part so well it was scary on some levels. Great actor in other roles as well.


    Angela Bassett - Tina turner ( what's love got to do with it)
     
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    I thought Mark Strong's Sinestro was pretty much bang on as well....
     
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    George C. Scott as Patton.

    Anthony Hopkins as John Frost (A Bridge Too Far).

    Damien Lewis as Dick Winters and Frank John Hughes as Bill Guarnere (Band of Brothers).

    Brad Pitt as Achilles.

    Graham Chapman as King Arthur.
     
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  17. StevenBills

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    Agreed. McConaughey as Pitt was perfect. Need more of those Dirk Pitt films.

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    I still can't think of anyone else as Billy The Kid but a Emilio Estevez acting like an a-hole.
     
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    I liked Kenneth Branagh as King Henry V in his adaption of Henry V, along with Ciaran Hinds and James Purefoy in Rome as Caesar and Antony.
     
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    Alan Rickman as Snape

    Ian McKellan as Gandalf
     
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    Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia.
    Not only was he incredible in the role but there was a good resemblance.

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    Ben Affleck as Batman

    Bruce Lee as Kato

    Karl Urban as Dredd and Bones

    Taron Egerton as Eddie the Eagle
     
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  23. Laspector

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    I've got to agree with that one. That was just about as spot-on as you can get. I really think Val should have won an Oscar for that one.
     
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    Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious. Gary Oldman as Lee Harvey Oswald. Gary Oldman as, well... Anyone.
     
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    Just posted somewhere the other day, that I would've loved to see more of the Pitt movies made with those guys, I loved the way it felt with them playing off each other, and it kinda felt like I imagine the books would be intended to.
     
  26. Contec

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    That movie was great the first time i saw it and then at the end credits i saw that i was based on a book. So i got the book and fell in love with all of them. Comparing the book with the movie makes the movie less good. But that could be said about most book to movie adaptations. I would have loved if they had included the Abraham Lincoln story as well. I heard that Clive Cussler (GRUMPY OLD MAN!) did not like the movie so he has forbidden anyone from adapting his works to the movie screen again. The first movie they made "Raising titanic" is pretty bad but featuring Alec Guinness in a small role.
     
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    I followed the same path, and just picked up Odessa Sea from the store last night when I realized it said "A Dirk Pitt Novel" - I never really got into (or really gave a chance, really) to the other series he's put out, probably because I have the the characters in my mind's eye from the movie still. Funny enough, Sahara isn't one I've read, but I've picked up about half of the Pitt books so far and have enjoyed them all. Kind of a shame about the movie aspect if that's the case, but I imagine he'd be the biggest critic of his words into film, as I would think most author's would. But it's not as far a stretch as Miss Peregrine's , for example :)
     
  28. Laspector

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    I think RDJ was superb casting for Iron-man, but I have to admit, from what I knew of the guy's work, I probably wouldn't have thought he was the one for it. I was never a fan of his before.

    I always thought Timothy Dalton, about the age he was in Flash Gordon, was picture perfect for Tony Stark. He actually looked like Tony from the comics.
     
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    Viggo Mortensen as Aragon
    Sir Anthony as Odin

    Both brought the characters perfectly to life...
     
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    Chris Evans as Captain America
     
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    When he was first announced I thought the casting was spot-on. At the time RDJ was considered an immense talent that got more than his fair share of second chances to get "clean" and not be an embarrassment to the industry. He was a smart and self-destructive talent struggling with substance abuse. He was perfect to play Tony Stark who was the intense, hard-living type who struggled with alcoholism.
     
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    Hey, I'm not arguing with ya! He's perfect for it. I'm just saying that before he came along, he was not someone I would have ever expected to be Tony.




    Probably why I am not a casting director.;)
     
  33. Tan Djarka

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    R. Lee Ermey as the drill sgt. in "Full Metal Jacket".
     
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    Ben Kingsley as Gandhi was amazing (imo).
     
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    +1 this.
     
  36. Riceball

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    FYI, he was a Drill Instructor. Drill Sgts are in the Army, Drill Instructors are what we have in the Corps. Tomato tomahto I know, but it makes a difference to those of us who have served in either branch.
     
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    The closest I've come to serving is my father in the Air Force, so... My bad.

    Another example of perfect casting would be in "This Is The End". Seth Rogen as (you guessed it) Seth Rogen. I mean, he's basically the same guy in every movie. At least in that one he's got the right name.
     
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    Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.
     
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  41. Element 36

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    Another I feel should be mentioned is Christopher Reeve as Superman. It was a performance that really influenced how the character was perceived by everyone, even though he was the studio's last pick for the character. I don't think anyone could've done what he did, notably for the movie he was in (even when put against A-listers like Burt Reynolds and Paul Newman).
     
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    I don't think comic books can be done as live action, but if pushed, I think in his prime, Clint Walker would have been a great Superman ..
     
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    One of the things I really liked about his performance was also Clark. It was one of those performances where it was clear to me that "Superman" really was the "mask", and the REAL Clark was the person at the wheel.
     
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    Ed O'Neil as Al Bundy. I can't picture anybody else playing the character.
     

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