It could be for any reason; age, looks, weight - anything. Just tell us the role, the actor, and why you feel it was miscast.
Robert "Bobby" Franco
--originally James Franco, now Roger Howarth.
The first iteration unpleasant and unnecessary; the second unbearable.
OP is horribly miscast as an OP. No examples to contend with? Lazy ass bored dilettante.
Jennifer Lawrence for Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook - way too young.
January Jones in X-men: The First Class - lacks talents and brings nothing to the table.
Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada - couldn't hold her own against Meryl and Emily Blunt, made the character even more unlikable than in the novel, spilled the screen with her wide-eyed "What?" expression.
"Fuck off you silly queer, I'm getting outta here!"
Tom Hanks and Melanie Griffith in The Bonfire of the Vanities. Tom Hanks is not believable as a "master of the universe" Wall Street guy. Melanie Griffith is just awful, no need to elaborate.
Lucille Ball as Mame. Too old. Awful singing voice.
Almost every woman in comic book films aren't right. They're either the wrong age, wrong coloring, or way too unattractive.
Most of the James Bond actors. They're too old.
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson. The original mobster (who had a different name) looked like James Gandolfini, but the show creator didn't want to seem like he was doing a "Sopranos" retread, so he cast Buscemi wildly against type. Buscemi is a terrific actor, but he is just not believable as a mobster boss.
Michelle Pfeiffer as a mousy woman insecure about her attractiveness in "Frankie and Johnny."
Some of you are sooooo stupid. Steve Buscemi is perfect...you damn idiot.
Hathaway was perfect in Devil Loves Prada.
[quote]Almost every woman in comic book films aren't right.
Nowadays, I completely agree.
But Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman and Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt & Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwomen were all iconic and gorgeous in their roles.
I'd give an honorable mention to Rebecca Romijn in the X-Men films, but she is so unrecognizable. Jennifer Lawrence is now in the role and is nowhere as cool, sexy and dangerous as Romijn did her.
Colin Farrell as Alexander.
Robert Redford in "Out Of Africa".
[quote]Some of you are sooooo stupid. Steve Buscemi is perfect...you damn idiot.
Faced with that well reasoned and sophisticated defense of Buscemi in the role, I must recant my claims.
silver linings playbook, i felt tiffany was no older than 24 or so, even 21 could work
Maura West as Diane Jenkins on Y&R
kate winslet in the reader- an actress of enormous warmth and vulnerability, she was all wrong for the part.
cameron diaz in gangs of new york: i don't think she's a complete failure here but she's just too contemporary. i heard sarah polley originally had the part.
hilary swank in the black dahlia, lol
Jakey G in Prince of Persia.
Molly Ringwald in Fresh Horses
Cameron Diaz in A Life Less Ordinary
Blake Lively in The Town
Katie Holmes in The Romantics
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Catwoman
Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane in "Superman Returns." Not believable as a hard-edged reporter and zero chemistry with Brandon Routh.
[quote]Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane in "Superman Returns."
If they really were trying to do a love note to the Donner films, then why choose this "actress" who was the complete opposite of Margot Kidder. Kidder played Lane as mischevious, feisty and confident. Bosworth played a wet blanket.
Melanie Griffith as a tough-as-nails New York City cop who goes undercover to solve a murder in the Hasidic community in A STRANGER AMONG US.
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight Didn't see her as the love of Bruce's life And Katie Holmes no better.
Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code- he was too blandly nice for the role
Demi Moore as Gloria Steinem (I don't think this is out yet but I assume this will be bad)
Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick
Gregory Peck as Ahab in Moby Dick. He was Atticus Finch with a beard--nothing crazy or menacing at all in his performance.
Orson Wells stole the movie out from under him in his one scene as the minister. He would have made a fantastic Ahab.
I'd heard scuttlebut about "The Mirror has Two Faces", but I'm certainly not seeing it.
Mrs. James Brolin
Mickey Rooney in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS. No explanation necessary.
Tammy Cruise in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. Ditto.
Sofia Coppola in GODFATHER III. Complete lack of acting talent sufficient for role. People laughed in the audience when she was shot.
Julia Roberts in anything where the character is supposed to be intelligent. The memory of her wearing glasses to indicate her smartness in FLATLINERS still appalls.
Rosalind Russell in MAME. Please.
The 35-year-old high schoolers in Grease
Alec Guinness as Professor Godbole in A Passage to India
Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Ona Munson as Mother Gin Sling in The Shanghai Gesture
Katharine Hepburn as Jade Tan in Dragonseed
Barbra Streisand as an incredibly expensive call girl in "Nuts"
melissa joan hart in darci's walk of shame
emily watson in punch drunk love. i just think she's nasty. a homely, retarted slut that little kids on bikes throw rocks, who gets herself killed by some rough johns on a boat..
[quote]zero chemistry with Brandon Routh
He had other things on his mind...and up his ass.
R26 Rosalind Russell was Mame in Auntie Mame, not Mame....and she was absolutely perfect
[quote]Barbra Streisand as an incredibly expensive call girl in "Nuts"
Actually I'd say she's been miscast in every film except Funny Girl (and maybe Funny Lady). Dolly, Clear Day, Owl, Star is Born, Yentl, Tides - they're all casting disasters with Mrs Brolin in the lead.
[quote]Blake Lively in The Town
Huh? I was totally surprised at her robust and well-observed performance in what might have been a nothing role. I thought she was quite good!
Uma Thurman in The Truth About Cats and Dogs. Not believeable as being so much more attractive than Janeanne.
I think most of actresses in Nolan movies are miscasted with the exception of Carrie-Anne Moss and Anne Hathaway. Female characters are his biggest weakness and failure to direct not that bad actresses (Marion) brings the overall quality of the movie.
Ditto on Kate Bosworth. Scarlett was miscated as well.
Clark Duke as the stud in Sex Drive.
Leonardo di Caprio in anything from the last 15 years.
Ellen DeGeneres in Mr. Wrong.
John Wayne as Genghis Khan in THE CONQUEROR
NOW the thread is closed.
"Tammy Cruise in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. Ditto."
Both he and Pitt were terrible in this film, and both were equally miscast.
Jeremy Piven as "Mr. Selfridge"
Brad Pitt in "Inglourious Basterds"
Sofia Coppola in "Godfather III"
Mickey Rooney in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Whoopi Goldberg in Ghosts Of Mississippi
I just couldn't get past the fact that Medgar Evers's widow was a beautiful young woman, and Whoopi...wasn't.
Same for Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin in Dreamlover. He was just too old for the part
Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls; Sam Levine owned that role and Sinatra should have played Sky Masterson.
Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly was awful (way too young)
[quote]Sinatra should have played Sky Masterson.
No way! Sinatra was much too short for that role. He could have played Nicely Nicely Johnson.
R28, you forgot Marlon Brando in THE TEA HOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON. haha
Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Agree with R3
Anne Hathaway was completely overshadowed by Emily Blunt in Devil wears Prada.
Leonardo di Caprio in anything from the last 15 years ... maybe, r39 (certainly true of Django)... with the exception of Scorsese's The Departed, where he acquitted himself well.
r37, I also think Nolan's films, for some reason, are not cast well in general (especially the secondary characters), although I differ with you and do think that Hathaway did a surprisingly great job in a pretty bad film.
Robin Curtis as Saavik in Star Trek III, (replacing Kirstie Alley). So horrible.
Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Scarlett Johannson, Ben Affleck, Daniel Craig, Kinau Reeves are always miscast because they can't act.
I could never understand why they cast a yellow lab to be married to Matt Damon and be patient 0 for Contagion.
Tom Cruise as a human being.
ITA w/ r14 and r41.
Dorothy Malone in every role she played.
To me, being miscast doesn't necessitate a poor performance, but there are things that just don't fit, and it might have to do with things outside the film.
Sofia Coppola in "Godfather III" is an obvious dartboard but it's not really a true miscast because she wasn't cast for that part. She wasn't even an actress, the way she tells it she was literally brought in at the last minute because of Winona's 'exhaustion' and she knew she'd be terrible. But assume she was cast for it. One of the reasons people were so hard on her was because she was the Director's daughter. Even had she been good, it's hard to get past that.
Blake Lively in The Town is what I'd call a miscast that's not her fault, but it was a miscast. She delivered a strongish performance (for Blake - my expectations were low) but I never forgot I was watching Vogue cover girl Blake Lively pretending to be tough with a bad Boston accent. It was watching Serena Van DerWoodsen play acting. I think if The Town came out now, the miscast wouldn't be so apparent for me.
[quote] I never forgot I was watching Vogue cover girl Blake Lively pretending to be tough with a bad Boston accent.
I felt the same way about Affleck in this movie. I never forgot I was watching Ben Affleck pretending to be a tough Boston bank robber.
I also agree with Kate Bosworth in Superman Returns. Dreadful and unappealing.
I also agree on Buscemi in Boardwalk. Love him in other projects but he is MISCAST in this. Has zero sex appeal and very little charisma so hard to believe him in this role.
Gary Cooper in Love in the Afternoon. It was kind of creepy watching him wooing Audrey Hepburn, who looked like his granddaughter.
Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility. Like Cooper, she was way to old for her part. Her character is supossed to be like 19 years old in the book, while Emma was 36 during the making of the movie.
Gene Kelly in Christmas Holliday. I just didn't buy him as a sinister husband with gambling problem. I was expecting him to burst out dancing any minute.
The girl who played Travolta's love interest in Saturday Night fever.
Big, fat, homely Rosie O'Donnell playing Betty Rubble never made a great deal of sense to me.
R45,I agree that Frank should've played Sky Masterson. So that's why I have to add Marlon Brando to the list....I thought he was so out of place in "Guys and Dolls," although he seemed to give it his best shot.
Humphrey Bogart in Sabrina. Far too old and wooden with zero chemistry.
Followed closely by Harrison Ford in the same role.
Russell Crowe in "Les Misérables" - oy! Misérable indeed...
Robert Ryan would have been an excellent Sky Masterson.
Robert Redford as Dennis Finch Hatton in Out of Africa
Kevin Costner as Robin Hood
Kristin Chenoweth as Fran Kubelik
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic
Diane Keaton as a cut-throat business woman in "Baby Boom". Few actresses come off as more incompetent than Keaton does (part of her charm and part of why half the movie worked), but there is nothing about her that says super-executive.
Misogynist at R69
R9 He's based on Nucky Johnson, who was not a mobster at all. I think Steve's great in the role.
Will Smith - Wild, Wild West
Robert Conrad's Hot Ass Circa 1968
Justin Chatwin in everything, particularly Shameless. No charisma, no talent.
Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum in ONE FOR THE MONEY. She came across as far too genteel and passive, and and could not overcome the fact that the hair, makeup, and clothes she was put in were far too subdued for what is supposed to be a bigmouthed Jersey girl. Even her voiceovers were incredibly flat.
Debbie Reynolds was also miscast as Grandma Mazur Mazurin this movie. She looked too young. Wardrobe also screwed up with her, since the humor in the character is the dichotomy between her meek little old lady appearance and her desire to court danger and excitement. Reynolds looked and acted far too hardboiled. Kind of opposite to the issues with Heigl.
And the car cast as Old Blue was way too recent a model year.
Disagree, Diane Keaton has a high class tone in "Baby Boom" - you believe she'd have gone to an Ivy League school. She's great in the film.
Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina. Keira is just too skinny, too modern, too cold, not sensual enough to be Anna.
R31, that was "Breaking the Waves."
Cody Horn in Magic Mike.
R54 is a goddamn idiot.
Does anyone remember Anne Rice's epic meltdown when Tom Cruise was cast in IWAV? She gave interviews about how bad a choice it was, waved flags in parades, tore her hair out. Then, after the movie came out, she said he was great and she was wrong. What do we think happened there?
Even though he won an Oscar for it, Jack Nicholson was nothing like the character in the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Randle Patrick "Red" McMurphy was written as a big, burly, Red-headed Irish lumberjack type. For that matter, Nurse Ratched is described as being beautiful and busty - a source of sexual fantasy for the men - Liz Taylor circa 1967 would have been the type. ale Harding, the latently gay character, is described as being "too pretty" - like a movie star. In the film, he was a milquetoast nerd.
Kirk Douglas played McMurphy in the Broadway stage version in the early 1960's. He bought the film rights, then handed them off to his son when he was too old to play the part.
Anikin Skywalker ... both as a child and as a teen.
Shia LeDouche in every movie role he has had. I guess he gave a mean blowjob to get where he is. His acting "abilities" are atrocious. I used to direct Dinner Theater drama and I wouldn't have even cast him in one of my plays. I can't believe Hollyweird would cast him.
Tom Cruise as a blue collar, divorced dad that has never heard of hummus in War Of The Worlds.
Anthony Michael Hall as a mean jock boyfriend in Edward
David Spade as a blue collar redneck in Joe Dirt.
Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
[quote]couldn't hold her own against Meryl and Emily Blunt,
No one has ever had any problem "holding their own" with the awful Emily Blunt.
Shia LeBeouf as Indiana Jones' greaser son Henry "Mutt" Williams. He has the hair, face, and body of a cubicle bound IT guy. What in the actual fuck are they thinking when they cast him in tough guy roles?
R23 If you are talking about the Lovelace movie, Demi Moore dropped out of that and was replaced by Sarah Jessica Parker. SJP as Steinem is probably a better choice anyway.
I read once that Madonna auditioned for the Sofia Coppola role in Godfather 3. I actually think she would have been better!
Denise Richards in her James Bond movie was meant to be a intelligent scientist and she never conveyed that at all. At that time, someone like Courteney Cox was A list enough and had the looks and ability to have made that more realistic.
Sean Connery in Entrapment. I know its much more common in Hollywood to have an older man play opposite a younger woman but that was just gross.
Glenn Close in most of her film work.
[quote]Almost every woman in comic book films aren't right.
[quote]Almost every woman... aren't right.
Ouch, ouch, ouch
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly was fairly lovely, but completely wrong. If it had been Marilyn Monroe -- or just a few years later, Liza Minnelli -- what a wonderful movie it might have been. Assuming, of course, that the guy's part was played by something other than that piece of wood. (To say nothing of Mickey Rooney -- his casting and portrayal were both examples of egregious racism, but we were rather less sensitive to such things in olden days.)
Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen in "Mad Men."
Ricki Lake on "China Beach." Made you wish she'd be the second Donut Dolly they killed off.
Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, girls fighting over that chinless dweeb?
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass, too big for the part. In the graphic novel, Dave is a shrimpy blond kid.
Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind". He was way too old and way too British to be convincing as his character.
Shelly Duvall as Olive Oyl was described as "miscast in the role she was born to play."
Barbra Streisand in GYPSY
[quote]Sean Connery in Entrapment. I know its much more common in Hollywood to have an older man play opposite a younger woman but that was just gross.
Tell me about it! I was only 6 years old at the time!!!
Tammy Cruise in Jack Reacher. That was a reach!
Nicole Urban, Nashville TN
Mia Farrow in The Great Gatsby. Yikes. Rewatched it recently and I can't understand why she was cast as Daisy.
Edith Prickley in "Prickley Heat." She was far too carnal for the role--William Hurt didn't stand a chance.
All the leads in THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS.
[quote]I agree that Frank should've played Sky Masterson. So that's why I have to add Marlon Brando to the list....I thought he was so out of place in "Guys and Dolls," although he seemed to give it his best shot.
I wonder how things would have turned out if those two had switched roles.
John Travolta in "Hairspray."
The prosthetics made him look like an ape.
Blaming makeup for Travolta looking like an ape would be like blaming clothes for making Kim Cattrall look like a transvestite.
Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen in "Mad Men."
Cardellini is creating an original role and I'm not quite sure what about the role makes you think she is miscast. If your post is an unpersuasive attempt to say that Cardellini would not believable as a Jewish woman, which I would in any event disagree with, you may want to watch the show more carefully. Sylvia, although married to a Jewish man, is Italian and Catholic. If you are saying she's not sexy enough for the role, I couldn't disagree with you more. Perhaps you mean something else but I couldn't begin to guess what it might be.
R106 or may I call you Linda,
I'm saying she sucked, had no chemistry with Jon Hamm, looked like ten miles of bad road with those face wrinkles and brought no life or spark to the role.
That's what I'm saying.
Woody Allen in every one of the movies he directed. However he was well-cast in The Front which he did not direct.
"Even though he won an Oscar for it, Jack Nicholson was nothing like the character in the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Randle Patrick "Red" McMurphy was written as a big, burly, Red-headed Irish lumberjack type. For that matter, Nurse Ratched is described as being beautiful and busty - a source of sexual fantasy for the men "
I'm going to disagree with you. Randle McMurphy was supposed to be a man bursting with joie de vive and anti-authoritarianism, Nicholson played that very well and made it believable. He made the character funny and likeable, when someone like Brando would have made him saintly or pompous.
As for Nurse Ratched, I'm going to say the changes were a good thing. In the book, she was the embodiment of Kesey's issues about women, particularly women in authority, while in the movie she was more about the banality of evil. IMHO the changes in her character were an improvement on the book, and made her a better opponent for McMurphy. The book is good, but it's not an untouchable classic.
Florence Henderson as Carol Brady. That role had Bea Arthur's name written all over it.
[quote]SJP as Steinem is probably a better choice anyway.
No. Just no. There are a number of actresses who could play Steinem fairly convincingly. Ugly SJP is not one of them.
Can you imagine Playboy Club hiring that horse-face as a bunny?
[quote]Woody Allen in every one of the movies he directed. However he was well-cast in The Front which he did not direct.
That's a bit extreme, lol(although I agree he was great in "The Front"). Woody was perfect in his early films, especially "Annie Hall" (he should've won the Best Actor Oscar over hammy Richard Dreyfuss that year). The miscast ones would be actresses like Helena Bonham-Carter, Julia Roberts, Mira Sorvino, Goldie Hawn, and Mariel Hemingway as women who would even look at Woody Allen, let alone fall in love with/marry him. Thank Christ he took himself out of "Celebrity", sparing us the sight of him wooing Charlize Theron and Winona Ryder.
Chris Rock in the straight dramatic role of a crackhead in "New Jack City". Just painful.
Joan Fucking Crawford in my "Jane."
Miss Davis in my "Jane." So coarse and unrealistic. Of course it was easy to believe she would serve vermin and pets to an invalid for luncheon, but how in the world could anyone believe that - thing - was my sister?
R111 Looks like SJP's scenes as Steinem have been all cut from the movie anyway.
Mila Kunis in OZ The Great and Powerful. Probably the most important role in the franchise and they cast a sitcom actress with plenty of charm and potential but she didn't have the training or depth to take on the role. Didn't help to surround her with two far more trained/experienced actresses.
Robin Williams was so confusing in Good Morning Vietnam. The character was clearly meant to be basically a kid, but he looked like a middle aged man.
R121 yeah she was so wrong for the role. Oh and Queen Cuntbag herself Gwennie Paltrow in Iron Man 3. She has the sexual allure of a lampshade in that one and had not zero chemistry with Downey Jr but rather negative chemistry if one can imagine that.When she became a freak in that third film, I turned and said to my friend :"is that what that cunt is really like in real life?"
[quote]Florence Henderson as Carol Brady. That role had Bea Arthur's name written all over it.
That was my fucking role!
[quote]Big, fat, homely Rosie O'Donnell playing Betty Rubble never made a great deal of sense to me.
Oooh, that's a good one. I appreciate alternative & creative casting, and casting against type. However, this was just wrong. I read that O'Donnell got the role largely on the strength of being able to do the Betty giggle. She was still wrong for the role.
Maggie Grace as the daughter in TAKEN and TAKEN 2. Her character was supposed to be 17 and Grace looked (and is) much older. That, and her being tall and big boned (which is regular size IRL), just made me see an adult poorly playing a rather weak and annoying teen. Her role was pivotal, yet she kept taking me out of both movies.
Most of the roles Tom Hanks played in Cloud Atlas, especially Zachry.
R79 is a dumb Hollywood exec!
None of the people I mentioned are even remotely talented.
Whoever said Barbra as a high end escort made me laugh. On what planet? Next thing you know Jennifer Anniston will Bo playing a hot stripper. Planet Insecure!
Redford is so miscast in Out of Africa. Timothy Dalton would have really steamed Meryl up. The major sleep around actress! Who knew.
Please don't forget Meryl as Shirley MacLaine's daughter! Hysterical but they gave it the old shoe polish try. Hello from Hollywood.
Disagree about Mia Farrow in Gatsby. She's absolutely perfect in the part, down to her voice having "the sound of money" in it. In fact, the 70s movie is superior in every way to the Baz Luhrmann atrocity.
Michelle Pfeiffer, however, was thoroughly miscast in The Age of Innocence. Callow, and about as continental as Hoboken. Greta Scacchi would have made a fabulous Ellen Olenska.
[quote]Please don't forget Meryl as Shirley MacLaine's daughter!
Even that wasn't as laughably bad as Babs Streisand casting herself as Betty Bacall's daughter in the godawful "The Mirror Has Two Ugly Faces (And They're Both Mine)".
Goop has amazing chemistry with RDJ. You must be either blind or you have bad judgement.
suzanne somers in 'she's the sheriff'. suzanne is far too regal to be believable as a peace officer
How did I forget all those near-30-year-olds playing high schoolers in "Grease"? Was 34-year-old Stockard Channing really the best one they could find?
Bernadette Peters, if you believe the vapid theatertards. They keep claiming she is miscast instead of facing the truth that she is a singer, not an actress. She was rather good on Smash but I imagine she had more than a few retakes.
If you confront the tards about Peters' lack of acting abilities, they dredge up 'Pennies from Heaven' - another 30+ year old project where boyfriend Steve Martin could do take after take.
Bernie's Sondheim concerts are wonderful and she is a great person and true friend of gays and animals. But it is absurd to keep blaming her lack of acting chops on miscasting. If you're an actor, you can embody a role. Bernie has been passable but never brilliant. She was very good in 'Mack and Mabel' and 'Song and Dance'. She was passable to bad in everything else I can think of.
Deal with it.
Shut up, Patti LuPone!
R131 You must have your caftan rapped around your face honey, obscuring not only your vision BUT your judgement. Gwennie wouldn't have chemistry with a trash can let alone with Downey Jr. Blythe Danner(Paltrow's mom) might be a cunt but she can act. Gwennie is a cunt and the only time she received an award for her acting in Hollywood is when she went down on bended knee and sucked and swallowed Heavy Whalestein.
It took too much effort to cut and paste Jennifer Jason Leigh's oeuvre. And looked too obsessive.
oh god i agree that jennifer jason leigh sucks. why does she act? shes the creepy, neurotic girl everyone picks on and avoids in real life, brings that "charm" to every single role. im glad she doesn't get parts anymore. i dont know if she was good, but was well cast 'last exit', street hooker gang banged to death. maybe i can handle her in a bit part like in 'greenberg' but thats it
Perhaps people feel sorry for her because her father's role in Twilight Zone got sliced up.
I seriously doubt you understand much about acting or now much about movies. I also sense you are a bit too much obsessed with cheap gossip.
Dick van Dyke: Mary Poppins
Russ Tamblyn and Richard Beymer: West Side Story
R139 I read she hated him. of course she did. nothing normal coming from that kook. and i think she had a baby at, sincerely like 50 or 49yo, lol thats just not right
I always picture Leigh's father, Vic Morrow, being a lot like his character in "The Bad News Bears."
John Goodman in Red State and Dennis Quaid in The Words.
R10 i don't remember the character well but pfeiffer played an abused woman, no?
i am going to add to this list kate beckinsale in an indie called 'snow angels', though she was more just unexpected in the part, truthfully she was touchingly unaffected as a harassed, working-class waitress. i was actully impressed
R140 You are a GOOP stalker then? Only a Paltrow obsessive would deny her inner cuntiness and lack of talent. The next thing you're going to tell me that she was splendid in Country Strong?! What about her horrid vocals in that tepid cornball movie called Duets?
I know great acting, Streep ,Close and Lange are great actresses. Paltrow isn't fit to shine their shoes let alone be in the same film as those wonderful actresses.
The Heavy Whalestein reference touched a nerve...good.He's not getting these casting couch conquests because of his good looks honey. I disrespect all these Gretchen Mol types who have fucked, sucked and blown him. I mean who schmoozes their friend(Tina Brown) to get a complete nobody on the cover of Vanity Fair twice in one year?
Jeremy Piven in Mr. Selfridge.
R146 Spent some time in reality every now and then, things will get better for you, I am sure!
1 million internets to R147! You win hands down!
Mel Gibson in Braveheart. Awful casting. That first scene, when he's riding up with the long flowing hair and the wrinkles, I laughed out loud. He was way too old, and too short for that part, and his Scottish accent was atrocious.
For all the money it made, 300, starring Gerard Butler. Awful. He physically resembled the character in the comic book by Frank Miller, but his horrible accent and buffoonish behavior, especially compared to the other actors in their roles, ruined the movie for me. Of course I was hot for Rodrigo Santoro. And all those naked torsos of the Spartan warriors.
Brad Pitt as Achilles in Troy. No explanation necessary. Terrible. Awful. Embarrassing.
Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin. No. Just. No. And wasn't the consistently awful Kate Bosworth Sandra Dee? As if. So both of them for the Bobby Darin Bio Pic. I mean who gives a fuck about a bio pic for Bobby Darin anyway.
Eric Bana as the Jewish agent/assassin in Munich. Bad accent, too.
Jake Gyllenhaal right up there with Mel and Gerard Butler for his embarrassingly awful turn as a Persian Prince, with long hair and a really very bad British accent.
Laura Linney in Love Actually. The scene when Rodrigo Santoro is trying to make love to her and says, "You're so beautiful" made me laugh out loud. I love Laura Linney, but no one would ever consider her beautiful.
To balance this out, we should probably start a thread about actors who were so perfectly cast that the role defined them forever. I can't but someone should. Please?
R148 I am in reality, Gwennie is a no-talent uppity cunt! In other words GOOP IS POOP!
[quote]Sofia Coppola in "Godfather III" is an obvious dartboard but it's not really a true miscast because she wasn't cast for that part.
George Hamilton was the one who was miscast in III.
I agree R152. He was OK until he opened his mouth and tried to act.
Ricardo Monteban in Sayonara. I will admit that his performance isn't as offensive as Mickey Rooney's in Breakfast at Tiffany's. In fact, Monteban gives his role a lot of dignity. But it takes a lot of suspension of belief to see ta Mexican American actor in the role of Japanese man who is a star of the kibuki stage
There's an "L" in his name, R154. An "L". Montalban. And I agree, think he was definitely miscast.
R152 Hamilton was bad in Godfather III, Sofia Coppola was absolutely terrible! Though I remember Pacino saying something to the effect(quite catty and bitchy) that Francis Coppola tried to make George Hamilton into an actor...OUCH!,
Jaden Smith, After Earth.
Barbra as Dolly. Doing Mae West in (very) slow motion.
r80, I can tell you what happened to Anne Rice when she went all Stepford about the stunningly destructive casting of TC as a towering blond vampire stud: money.
She was bought off big-time by the studio, and they may have owned the movie rights to other books of hers that they could have threatened to deep six.
Also, I believe that that was around the time she was having a major health crisis, and she was probably just not firing on all cylinders when she praised Cruise's performance (please!).
Oh, and r144 - I LOVE John Goodman in Red State! He strikes exactly the right balance between (black) humor and creepiness that defines that whole film. But the guy who played the crazed preacher was even better. (I just googled that guy -- his name is Michael Parks, but I've never noticed him in anything else.)
Peeta in the Hunger Games. The character is a gentle giant who bakes. It's essential, especially in comparison to Liam. The actor is physically the opposite.
Elrod in LOTR. Elves are supposed to be stunningly beautiful; his voice borders on parody.
R150. Forgot about Brad Pitt in Troy. He looked like a mildly mentally challenged, confused ape whenever he tried to emote. He was perfect for Legends of the Fall, but no one with his nose should play a Greek God. I expected him to pull out a skateboard.
"Elrod in LOTR. Elves are supposed to be stunningly beautiful; his voice borders on parody"
I thought Hugo Weaving was pitch perfect as the vastly old elven leader..
r160 you are SO right. And Josh Hutcherson is just so...dainty compared to J Law that you can always tell they're shooting from angles and pulling tricks to increase his physical presence. They really missed the mark with that casting.
r159 I always liked Michael Parks, he's been around a LONG time. I think he was supposed to have been the new James Dean, but it never happened.
Katie Holmes in Batman Begins. Horrendous.
Keanu Reeves in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Natalie Wood in "Inside Daisy Clover" was too old. She was both trying to act and be adorable. She wanted to be taken seriously as an actress while trying to launch herself as a musical star. Hopeless.
r167, I'd raise that to Keanu Reeves in anything that requires him to do more than stand there and look confused.
He is good at that.
Barack Obama as a Democratic President. There, its been said.
I hate to say this, but Sidney Poitier as Thurgood Marshall in "Separate but Equal" and Ben Vereen as Chicken George in "Roots". Clearly talented men, but not physically realistic for their roles. Both Marshall and Chicken George were mixed race, light-skinned African-Americans, which played a big role in their stations in life. I blame white casting directors for not getting the nuances of skin tone in the black community.
I agree with Halle Berry as Storm--totally wrong. Never captured the regal-ness (is that a word?) of the character. And it should have been one or the other with Famke Janssen and James Marsden as Jean Grey and Cyclops--the age difference looked too great. Hated how Cyclops got such short shrift in the X movies--he is the original X-man, after all.
Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire in "On The Beach". Both were too old for their characters, especially Astaire, whose acting was hammy and awful. His character was supposed to be 30; Fred was twice that age.
Not to mention, neither Gardner nor Astaire had the necessary Australian accents to make their characters believable.
Bernadette Peters in FOLLIES.
Tom Cruise in anything but especially Jack Reacher.
Julia Ormond as Sabrina.
Melanie Griffith talking about business mergers in her baby voice in Working Girl. Oy!
I thought Balthazar Getty sucked in David Lynch's "Lost Highway". His innate cluelessness and surliness got him through a surly, clueless role, but he clearly didn't "get" Lynch and his performance was generally vacant, of the "is this good enough?" varietal. I think his vain dullness was used to good effect by Lynch as he was playing, after all, a stock horny young man character , but I don't think he understood what an opportunity he had in front of him, and he did nothing with it. His casting was probably the result of elite agency wheeling and dealing, of the kind depicted in Lynch's "Mulholland Drive".
I still get pissed thinking about Joanne Whaley as Scarlett Ohara in the tv mini series . Her coloring and Huge BROWN eyes ruined any chance if becoming the character of Scarlett. She didn't come close to pulling it off .
Meg Ryan as Jim Morrissons GF Pamela Courison just awful awful. ANYONE else would have been better.
Campbell Scott in Dying Young.
Agree with the poster who said Michelle Pfieffer in age if innocence.
Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Woody Harrellson in Indecent Propsosal.
I liked Robert Redford in Out of Africa but I didn't read the book and I was about 14 when I saw it.
Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia.
Will Smith in Ali.
Both performances weren't performances as much as they were impersonations of famous people.
Robert Redford had no business in Out of Africa. To not use a British accent because he and Sydney Pollack thought that it would be too "distracting"? Bullshit. Either use the accent or hire an actor who can. And while I won't say she was miscast in this, Meryl is incredibly mannered in this film.
"Uhhhh haahhhd a faaahhm eeen Ufffreeeka".
Out of Africa is so racist. It's a big, racist, Ralph Lauren bedding commercial, in which resourceful white people with unconvincing accents do whatever the hell they want, and occasionally rescue clueless black people - in their OWN country!
Any hollywood actor over 45 playing opposite a >30-year-old leading lady.
No one mentioned Adam Sandler playing an NFL quarterback in The Longest Yard?! That one is pretty glaring. He doesn't look like he could play pee wee football.
Also, Adam Sandler as a man that Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker would fall for in Just Go With It.
These are good examples of "vanity casting"
JGL in Don Jon
Adam Sandler in most movies.
"JGL in Don Jon"
I love JGL....but I agree with this. He isn't believable as a meathead.
Meryl Streep in the Wild Women of Chastity Gulch.
Melanie Griffith in Shining Through. With Michael Douglas. It was supposed to be this gut wrenching NAZI spy thriller. I remember going to see it in the theater and we were laughing. It was that bad.
Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux.
Patty Duke thought she was Miscast Neely O'Hara, but we know she wasn't lol
Todd Haines (Haymes?) needs to remake Valley Of The Dolls.
John Boner as Speaker of the House.
Jodie Foster as a straight romantic lead. (See Maverick with Mel Gibson. Awful)
[quote]Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire in "On The Beach". Both were too old for their characters, especially Astaire, whose acting was hammy and awful. His character was supposed to be 30; Fred was twice that age.
Exposure to radiation ages the skin. CASTING GENIUS.
"Jodie Foster as a straight romantic lead. (See Maverick with Mel Gibson. Awful)"
I actually thought this was one of the few movies she did where she had chemistry with the male lead....maybe because she is friends with Mel in real life.
Agree about Halle Berry in X-Men. It should have been Angella Basset
It should have been Pam Grier!
Toby Maguire as Spiderman. He is such a terrible actor that he couldn't even make a comic book character watchable. I'll never understand how he got that part.
Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love
John Boehner - Speaker of the House
hate Paltrow for who she is...BUT she was pretty good in Shakespeare, and Ripley, and Proof, and Seven, and Flesh and Bone.