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20 Miscast Movie Roles That Completely Ruined Movies

14 December 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by Michael Ryan

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Film casting must be the most underrated job in the industry. As a matter of fact, most of the time, there won’t be any problems with the casting. People just take it for granted that Heath Ledger is born to play The Joker and Marlon Brando is built to make the Godfather his role. However, sometimes the casting decisions did go wrong. It’s not the actors’ fault, they just appeared in the wrong movies. Here are 20 bad casting decisions in the history of Hollywood.


20. Angelina Jolie as Margaret Russell

Angelina Jolie as Margaret Russell

The Movie: The Good Shepherd

The Miscasting: Angelina Jolie is just too sexy to play the domestic wife. Can you imagine her staying at home while Damon’s character traveling around Europe? Not a chance!


19. Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Movie: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

The Miscasting: McGregor is great in both Shallow Grave and Trainspotting as a sneaky young man. but he’s not right for a Jedi master, maybe Alec Guinness is just too good that anyone who plays the young version seems wrong.


18. Keanu Reeves as John Constantine

Keanu Reeves as John Constantine

The Movie: Constantine

The Miscasting: Comic book Constantine is a wry Liverpudlian with a Thatcher’s Britain attitude to making enemies and amoral decisions. Reeves is a blank plank of American vacancy battling demons but not looking that bothered about it.


17. Halle Berry as Catwoman

Halle Berry as Catwoman

The Movie: Catwoman

The Miscasting: The biggest mistake here is to cast an Oscar-winning actress and gave her a script with nothing substantial on it.


16. Colin Farrell as Alexander The Great

Colin Farrell as Alexander The Great

The Movie: Alexander

The Miscasting: Playboy Farrell plays one of the greatest kings in the history of human kind? With that Irish accent? This couldn’t go more wrong.


15. Ralph Fiennes as Christopher Marshall

Ralph Fiennes as Christopher Marshall

The Movie: Maid in Manhattan

The Miscasting: Fiennes is a brilliant actor, there is no doubt about it. But he’s just not right for any Romance film. If you have watched Red Dragon, you would feel as he was going to bite J-Lo’s mouth off in those romantic scenes.


14. Christian Bale as John Connor

Christian Bale as John Connor

The Movie: Terminator Salvation

The Miscasting: Simply put, Christian Bale, one of the greatest actors working in Hollywood today, is too good for a lousy role like Connor in this terrible movie.


13. Ed Norton as Will Graham

Ed Norton as Will Graham

The Movie: Red Dragon

The Miscasting: It’s hard to imagine this miscast actually happens in a film where other characters are all brilliantly cast (as a matter of fact, the first three films in the franchise are all well-cast except this one), we want something like his role in Primal Fear here, but his agent is too weak to be a strong opponent of Dr. Hannibal.


12. Julia Roberts as Tess

Julia Roberts as Tess

The Movie: Ocean’s Twelve

The Miscasting: Julia Roberts pretends that she is Julia Roberts, sounds pretty good and normal, right? But it takes a really charming woman to shine in a male-dominant film like this, Roberts surely failed the task.


11. Brad Pitt as Achilles

Brad Pitt as Achilles

The Movie: Troy

The Miscasting: To cast Brad Pitt as the handsome warrior sounds like a good idea, but Pitt’s presence is too perfect for the role, he looks like nothing more than a blonde doll in the film.



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