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10 big movie roles that were horribly miscast
John Wayne as Genghis Khan anyone — or Halle Berry as Catwoman, meeow. Ten movie roles where the casting director got it wrong
A movie can go wrong at just about any point in production, but there’s no error quite as noticeable as bad casting. The dialogue, costumes, and atmosphere can totally line up, but if you’ve got the wrong person in a key role, the magic just isn’t there. Sometimes it’s just a little off — George Clooney was a pretty awkward Batman, but then, Batman & Robin had much bigger problems — but other times it’s enough to totally derail every scene in which the miscast actor appears, or even sink the entire movie.
These are the roles that made the biggest mistakes, lost the biggest gambles, and proved just how awful things can get.
Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone, The Godfather: Part III
There was no way The Godfather: Part III could ever have hoped to live up to the first two films, which are some of the best American movies ever made. Even so, Francis Ford Coppola dropped the ball in a major way by casting his daughter as Mary Corleone, daughter of the aging Michael (Al Pacino). Winona Ryder was set to play the role but dropped out, leaving the spot open for Sofia, who was lambasted by critics for her clunky performance. The film was never going to be a
Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, Superman Returns
Bryan Singer’s loving homage to Richard Donner had plenty of good moments, but the choice of Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane was a total tonal misfire. It’s understandable to want to cast pretty young things in a modern superhero movie; after all, Brandon Routh was just 25 when production began and he donned the blue tights and red cape to play the Man of Steel. But Bosworth was even younger, and it showed, which made the whole casting decision too curious to ignore. She was only 22 when filming began, yet the Lois Lane of the film has a
John Wayne as Genghis Khan, The Conqueror
The 1950s and ’60s were the peak of a very awkward time for Hollywood: Still clinging to a fading studio system and unwilling to do anything remotely progressive, many movies used white actors to play characters of different ethnicities and backgrounds. As a result, you get monstrosities like 1956′s The Conqueror, in which John Wayne — as American as can be — plays Mongol warrior and emperor Genghis Khan. The racial insensitivies here can’t be overstated: Wayne’s a swaggering, drawling,
Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones, The World Is Not Enough
James Bond movies have never really been serious, but that’s not to say they aren’t smart, entertaining rides. However, the series got a little too bloated in the 1990s and early 2000s, eventually requiring a new Bond and stylistic reboot with Casino Royale. The 1999 entry, The World Is Not Enough, is a good example of how the franchise went crazy. Denise Richards
Charlton Heston as Miguel Vargas, Touch of Evil
Charlton Heston played outside his ethnicity more than once — 1961′s El Cid has him playing a Spanish military leader c. 1050 AD — but it’s 1958′s Touch of Evil that really bends the rules and breaks the illusion. Heston plays Miguel Vargas, a Mexican official in drug enforcement, and he couldn’t look or sound any more like plain old Charlton Heston with a bad mustache. Heston was a compelling actor but only within a certain range, and not even a performer of his strength could overcome the awkwardness of having a white guy from Illinois play a Mexican drug agent.
Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Keanu Reeves gets a lot of grief, but he’s actually been an ideal fit for his biggest roles: the blank slate of Neo in The Matrix, the
Mickey Rooney as I.Y. Yunioshi, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Another staggeringly awful race mistake. When bringing Truman Capote’s novel to the screen, director Blake Edwards cast Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi, a Japanese neighbor to heroine Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn). Rooney is, well, extremely not Japanese. But rather than cast someone else or at least play it
Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith
It’s unfair to put too much of the blame for the Star Wars prequels on Hayden Christensen. George Lucas wrote and directed some pretty boring movies, and it’s not like Christensen got to call the shots. He just showed up and tried his best. Unfortunately, his best was so astronomically bad that the movies took on new levels of infamy. He’s whiny and
Halle Berry as Catwoman, Catwoman
Making a Catwoman movie that doesn’t have anything to do with the Batman universe is strike one; casting Halle Berry is strikes two, three, and the end of the ballgame. She gives a performance that’s almost daringly bad, bouncing from hysteria to weird
Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Robin Hood: British. Kevin Costner: not British. More than that, he’s terrible at pretending to be British. He doesn’t even bother with an English accent for the role, which makes him a bad Robin Hood and a lazy actor. The film’s actually got a few other bad casting decisions, notably a ranty Christian Slater as Will Scarlett, but it’s Costner’s bland Robin Hood that really ruins the mood. He should’ve stuck to baseball.