20 Miscast Movie Roles That Ruined Movies
Sometimes actors get movie roles and you just can’t figure out why. We’re not talking action stars, where all you need to helm a movie is biceps and remedial English. I’m talking actual actor actors, people who get shoehorned into parts that they’re totally not suited for. Maybe it’s back-room casting couch shenanigans, maybe it’s a money thing, or maybe Hollywood is just crazy. Here are our picks of the most miscast roles in film history.
20. Angelina Jolie as Margaret Russell
The Movie: The Good Shepherd
The Role: Long-suffering stay at home wife of fictional CIA pioneer Edward Wilson.
The Miscasting: Leaving aside the incongruous pairing of Jolie and Matt Damon – she’d eat him alive, surely? – she’s impossible to buy as a passive domestic. Her indoors while he’s gallivanting across Europe? Not a chance.
Should have cast: The restrained dignity of Kate Winslett would’ve been a better fit.
19. Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Movie: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
The Role: Younger version of the Jedi master made legend by Alec Guinness.
The Miscasting: Post-Trainspotting McGregor had an edge born of Scottish rogueishness and heroin chic, an edge blunted permanently by dull pseudo-Shakespearean space jabber and an impression of poor old Alec Guinness that wasn’t even that good.
Should have cast: Ken Branagh – it takes a classical actor not to look awful in Lucas’ movies.
18. Keanu Reeves as John Constantine
The Movie: Constantine
The Role: Cynical hardboiled supernatural detective.
The Miscasting: Comic book Constantine is a wry Liverpudlian with a chancey 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.
Should have cast: The character was based visually on Sting, but that’s madness. Hugh Laurie is our brave choice.
17. Halle Berry as Catwoman
The Movie: Catwoman
The Role: Shy would-be artist murdered and resurrected by a magic cat. Really.
The Miscasting: The big mistake was getting a game, talented actress and giving her a backwards void of a character to work with. The script might as well have said ‘Meow meow meow meow meow’ over 80 pages.
Should have cast: They didn’t need Halle, they needed Jessica Simpson, or a cat in human makeup.