I think that being a casting director for movies and TV shows must be pretty difficult.
You really only have one shot to get it right with each role and if you mess up and cast the wrong person…well, we all know how that usually turns out…
Folks on AskReddit talked about the actors and actresses they believe were totally wrong for specific roles.
“Jafar in the new Aladdin.
He wasn’t believable or menacing and way too young.
Plus for much of his screen time he’s standing next to Navid Neghaban, who would have been a MUCH better choice.”
“Ferdia Shaw as Artemis Fowl.
He conveys none of the intelligence, shrewdness or relentless determination of the book character. He comes across as a child dressed up in a suit and handed cue cards with smart-sounding lines to read unconvincingly.
He’s a child so I’m going to lay the blame for that one on the casting director.”
“Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan.
He would have been more believable as Kyle Raynor then Hal Jordan… he was regularly thrown around to play Wally West as the Flash.
They took a big(ish) popular actor and throw him at a role without any consideration that his personality matched the character.
Everything that makes Reynolds perfect as Deadpool makes him wrong as Hal Jordan.”
“Joel McHale as Roy in the ill-fated US remake of The IT Crowd.
We want a scruffy and misanthropic IT nerd, so let’s get an actor known foorrr… charisma and confidence?
“Jon Voight as a snake hunter in Anaconda is fine.
But him as a snake hunter from Paraguay…with an accent?
“John Dorian as Dr. Acula. He is way to hammy, and not very threatening for a vampire who is behind loads of mysterious deaths in the hospital.
He clearly only got the part because he wrote the darn script for it. It was also a very racist filming process where multiple times Chris Turk was told to “act blacker”.
In good conscience I can’t support the film.”
“Kevin Hart as Roland in the upcoming Borderlands movie.
Everyone who knows anything about Borderlands will agree with me. Terry Crews should be playing Roland.
He’s big, has comedic chops, and can play the no-nonsense straight shooter BAD*SS when everything else is wild.”
“Maybe an unpopular opinion, but Sophie Turner as Jean Gray.
I like her as an actress, but I just couldn’t get into it.
I felt like she struggled with hiding her accent.”
“Colin Farrell as Alexander The Great.
As one of my old university professors once said, “I wouldn’t follow that guy to the end of my DRIVEWAY”.”
“Both Lily James and Armie Hammer in the Rebecca remake.
She’s way to confident to be the narrator and he’s way to smarmy to be deWinter.
And I thought that before all the creepy stuff about him came out – now it’s even worse to try to watch.”
“I will take a look in the future and say Mark Wahlberg as Sully in the Uncharted movie.”
“Any film with 30 year olds playing teens.
I was so confused by Grease growing up.
Why are these people that look the same age as my mom at school?”
“Cameron Diaz was horrible in the 2014 Annie remake.
She hasn’t made a movie since.”
“Nicole Kidman is cast as Lucy in Aaron Sorkin’s Lucille Ball movie.
She can’t move her face anymore.
And I like Nicole Kidman, she’s done some great stuff lately but this doesn’t make sense.”
“Annabeth in the “Percy Jackson” movie.
The main physical feature was supposed to be the blond hair, and they somehow messed up on that.”
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