Top 10 Worst Movie Casting  

posted by James O'Brien on 11/19/2012 1:44:00 PM
Movies: W. , King Kong , Hook
Parts: Laura Bush , Carl Denham , Tinker Bell , Betty Rubble , Inspector Clouseau
Actors: Elizabeth Banks , Jack Black , Julia Roberts , Rosie O'Donnell , Steve Martin

Let's talk about bad casting in movies we both love/hate- especially movies based on adapted material. We all have a place in our hearts when we hear that a movie is going to be made based on material from another medium whether it be T.V., books, cartoons, broadway, comics, biographies, current events, etc. There's already information available about the characters in the fictional universes: what they look like, their personality, gender and race. It's not that hard ... It's all right there in the material they're adapting, yet Hollywood still misses in the biggest way.

Now, I'm not against re-imagining a character either, like Heath Ledger's Joker as long as the essence of that character lives through. If you are going to do this you need to nail it. There are also times when Hollywood has picked the perfect actor or actress, but then that actor totally drops the ball on the role. Either way in the end, we all lose.

That brings me to my list of the worst movie casting:

10. Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush in W (2008)
Elizabeth Banks and Laura Bush

She's just a little too hot to play the former First Lady. You can't just have the haircut. The rest of the cast was pretty spot on, or at least looking like George Bush's staff. The movie was forgettable at best, as was Banks as Mrs. Bush.

My pick: Susan Sarandon

9. Jack Black as Carl Denham in King Kong (2005)
Jack Black and Carl Denham

I have yet to be able to take Jack Black seriously and his part in King Kong was no different. I think they needed a serious bad guy as Denham and Jack wasn't it. We needed to hate this guy like we hated Percy Whitmore in The Green Mile or Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator. He was just a silly afterthought.

My pick: Jason Isaacs

8. Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell in Hook (1991)
Julia Roberts and Tinker Bell

I know that in 1991 Julia Roberts was the current "IT" Hollywood actress but she didn't fit this role. First off her hair was flat-out awful. Let's hire Pretty Woman as Tink and then make her totally unattractive. I also think she mailed that role in. Maybe it was because she was working by herself on a green screen was the issue, I don't know.

My Pick: Elisabeth Shue in 1991

7. Rosie O'Donnell as Betty Rubble in The Flintstones (1994)
Rosie O'Donnell and Betty Rubble

Do I really need to explain? Rosie O'Donnell as Betty Rubble? Really?

My Pick: Sandra Bullock in 1994 (Remember Speed in the same year)

6. Steve Martin as Jacques Clouseau in The Pink Panther reboot
Steve Martin and Jacques Clouseau

The beauty of Peter Sellers as Clouseau was how serious he took himself. His cluelessness never felt forced. With Steve Martin, it always felt like Clouseau was just a goof. On the surface of Martin as Jacques Clouseau it sounds like a great casting. The problem is Martin is almost always over the top and that's where he lost me as the great Inspector.

My Pick: Steve Carell

5. Margot Kidder as Lois Lane in the Superman Series
Margot Kidder and Lois Lane

Even though I was only 2 years old when the first Superman came out, I never liked Margot Kidder as Lois Lane. This is Superman, I think the most incredible being on the planet would fall in love with someone a little more sexier than Kidder. At least someone who didn't have an annoying smoker's riddled whiney voice. She didn't need to be a supermodel but she needed a pitch of sex appeal in order to attract the man of steel.

My Pick: Adrienne Jo Barbeau or Linda Carter (yes, Wonder Woman) in 1978

4. The Iguana as Godzilla in Godzilla (1998)

I liked the 1999 Godzilla as a serviceable monster movie. And I appreciate the filmmakers attempt at re-imagining the big fire spitting lizard. Though I do believe they outsmarted themselves and also stepped on the toes of the Godzilla fans, along with the entire country of Japan. That thing was not Godzilla, it didn't even come close. Let's rename it Megazard!!!

My pick: Some that looked closer to the original Godzilla

3. The entire G. I. Joe cast (except Ray Park) in G. I. Joe (2009)
G.I. Joe

After the geekgasm that was Transformers in 2007, Hasbro thought it was time to bring our Greatest American Heroes to the silver screen. Meaning we were getting Snake Eyes, Duke, Destro and Cobra Commander in a live-action movie. Hell Yeah!!! Then we saw the movie. Marlon Wayans … Halo suits … Cobra Commander wearing a Darth Vader mask … let's just pretend it never happened.

My Pick: Let's just forget about this movie altogether.

2. Burt Reynolds as Boss Hog in The Duke's of Hazzard (2005)
Bert Reynolds and Boss Hog

As was the Penguin role in Batman Return, the Boss Hog character in The Duke's of Hazzard was made for Danny Devito. So who do the producers pick to pick a short bald bad guy? Bert Reynolds?!?! Now, I know Bert is bald but he always wears his rug. There were 10 different actors who could have played Hog but they ended up with Reynolds. It didn't make sense then and will never make sense.

My Pick: Danny Devito

1. Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars Prequels
Hayden Christensen and Anakin Skywalker

I never felt bad or sorry for Anakin during either Attack of the Clones or Revenge of the Sith. Christensen's phoney rage came off like some spoiled brat. Anakin should have been a tragic figure that we could feel bad for in the end. Instead he came off like some whiny teenager that killed younglings because he didn't get his way. Darth Vader's back story deserved a much better back story and an actor with some passion.

My Pick: Leonardo DeCaprio

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