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What would be some examples of bad casting?

Asked by Brian1946 (23789points) March 20th, 2017

E.g., would casting Denzel Washington as Hitler be a bad choice?

What are some examples of bad casting in current or past films?

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Charlie Sheen as Puff the magic dragon, or anything really.

Sneki95's avatar

Keanu Reeves as anything with emotions.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

The Rock as the tooth fary.

chyna's avatar

A poodle as Rin Tin Tin.

Sneki95's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 He actually played a tooth fairy. I can’t believe lol.

gorillapaws's avatar

Idris Elba as Roland Deschain. The books constantly reference Roland’s blue eyes, and the racial tension between Rolland, the “honkey mahfah,” and Detta Walker is one of the main themes throughout the series.

It would be as silly as casting Robert De Niro as Martin Luther King.

ragingloli's avatar

Jennifer Lawrence in anything. I hate her face.
Natalie Portman in anything. She can not act.
Jared Leto as the Joker. What a joke.
Samuel L. Jackson as a Jedi. It just does not work unless Sam is allowed to rage and swear.
Mark Wahlberg in anything. He can not act, either.
Leonardo di Caprisun in The Revenant. Tom Hardy should have been the lead.

cookieman's avatar

Donald Trump as The Pres… waitaminute.

Sneki95's avatar

John Goodman as a serial killer/prisoner/a thug. would be a bad choice

Seek's avatar

I just saw John Goodman as the creepy killer in a movie. Forgot the title, but it’s recent. Cloverfield something?

Dutchess_III's avatar

I didn’t care for the gal who played the love interest for Tim Cruise in Top Gun. It always strikes me as off, somehow. Kelly Something.

ragingloli's avatar

Gal Gadot as Wonderwoman. They should cast a female body builder.
Or at least tell her to bulk up, like everyone of her male colleagues.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Watching Two Guns again. Denzel and Whalberg were perfectly cast! They play so well together.

Dixon's avatar

Anything Gwyneth Paltrow has been in.

Brian1946's avatar


Good one!

I’d love to see an alligator wearing a body-length fur coat as Lassie.

Brian1946's avatar


I agree.

I’d much rather see Gina Carano or Laila Ali as Wonder Woman.

filmfann's avatar

@Seek Cloverfield Lane

@Dutchess_III Kelly McGillis. She was great in Witness.

Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. Hughes was a man’s man. DiCaprio is a boyish runt.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Donald Trump as Abraham Lincoln or Donald Trump as Barack Obama

Danebiggs's avatar

I think this is a great question and I often find myself watching movies and imagining who I think would’ve been better to play the lead etc.
I feel like I’m being mean if I list them here (like anyone cares what I think). : )
Can I give an example of what I thought was good casting?
I thought Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams were great in Manchester By The Sea.

Brian1946's avatar


I care what you think.

Given the majorly obscure impact our opinions have on the decisions of casting directors and the careers of actors, I think if you at least mention some bad choices that haven’t actually been made, the effects on them will quite survivable. ;-)

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. The character is supposed to be 6 foot 4 inches.

ucme's avatar

Michael J Fox in a Beatles biopic…“shake it up baby now…”
Stevie Wonder as any superhero ever
Sarah Jessica Parker as Seabiscuit, incredible likeness but she can’t run for shit

Stinley's avatar

@Earthbound_Misfit I came here to say just that. Spectacular bad casting

Seek's avatar

I’m beyond tired of Scarlett Johansson’s face, in general.

I’m 1000% over seeing anyone not Asian playing an Asian character.

ragingloli's avatar

Well, technically, the Major is in a Cyborg Body, so the exterior can be any race or gender she wants.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Ben affleck as batman.
Goodman actually played the looney prepper part well in 10 cloverfield lane.

Danebiggs's avatar

@Seek I agree that for some reason Asian’s are kinda left out.
When’s the last time you saw Ryan Reynolds, Leonardo Dicaprio, Ryan Gosling fall in love with an Asian woman in a movie?
Asian men are kinda left out of major studio movies too except to play a ninja or a supporting role in a comedy or something.
I guess there’s Lucy Liu and that Asian guy in the Star Trek movies???
Am I forgetting some big name Asian actors playing lead roles in American movies?

ragingloli's avatar

Hell, there will not be a black lead character in superhero movies until Black Panther comes out. (if we ignore the Blade movies, of course)

Seek's avatar

Forget the Major – who by the way has had her actual name removed from the film because it’s too hard to explain why some blonde Nordic chick has a Japanese name – no one but the villain in that movie is Asian.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Lord y’all making me laugh! @ucme “Sarah Jessica Parker as Seabiscuit..” ROFLOLL! Yeah, that would have kinda wrecked the movie for me!

Can’t believe no one has mentioned Nicolas Cage, although I did like him in Guarding Tess.

Sneki95's avatar

Caged Nick is a good choice for every role ever.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@Danebiggs, Margaret Cho seemed on her way, then just kinda… poof
I see wayyyyy too many bad ass chicks played by scrawny fluff who say on talk shows, I had to learn how to throw a punch, and hold a gun. It was crazy.
Get some street women, for gosh sakes.

I thought Dwayne was a very good tooth fairy.

Danebiggs's avatar

@Patty_Melt I like Margaret Cho too. : )

Brian1946's avatar

Rinko Kikuchi was the hero and I loved her in Pacific Rim.

I’d much rather see her or Karen Fukuhara as Major.

The only way I’ll watch GitS is if it’s offered on a channel that I’m already paying for.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Patty_Melt Yes I agree. I was just being tounge in cheek. I only watched the preview of the “tooth fary ”.

Patty_Melt's avatar

It is funny.

Pachy's avatar

Donald Trump as a U.S. President.

NomoreY_A's avatar

John Wayne, when he played a Roman Centurion in ” The Greatest Story Ever Told”, one of those religio -Roman movies fron the 60’s. Talk about stupid casting? “Wall, shorely that there Pilgrim was the Son Of Gawd, uh huh”.

ragingloli's avatar

Mickey Rooney as an asian.

filmfann's avatar

John Wayne played Genghis Khan in The Conqueror. That was pretty amusing.

SimpatichnayaZhopa's avatar

Tiny Tom Cruise as “Jack Reacher” who is a 6’-5”, 250 lbs. tough guy in the novels.
Brad Pitt as Achilles the biggest and strongest man at “Troy”,
Daniel Craig is too small, ugly, blonde and bald to be James Bond Agent 007.
Mickey Rooney as a Japanese man in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”.
John Wayne as Genghis Khan.
Scarlett Johanssen as a character who is Japanese in “Ghost In The Shell”.
Christian Bale was the worst “Batman” i have seen.

filmfann's avatar

Clooney was worse, but Bale wasn’t far behind.

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