50 Biggest Hollywood Casting Mistakes That Completely Ruined Movies

Published on 09/04/2021
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The production of a Hollywood picture costs quite a bit. The ultimate effects, from lighting to sound and costuming, are affected by every decision. The way a scene finds itself on the screen might even have the most minor nuances on the set. People may sometimes make the most prominent choices, such as casting. A good film may ruin a terrible casting choice… and it did in those situations.

25+ Biggest Hollywood Casting Mistakes That Completely Ruined Movies

25+ Biggest Hollywood Casting Mistakes That Completely Ruined Movies

Jared Leto As The Joker (Suicide Squad)

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is currently one of DCEU’s most controversial movies. A specific criminal hardly got in the spotlight after suffering a series of big retrieval. The performance of Leto as the joker was not necessarily awful, but it’s safe to say it didn’t match the excitement created before the film’s release.

Jared Leto As The Joker (Suicide Squad)

Jared Leto As The Joker (Suicide Squad)

Scarlett Johansson as Major (Ghost In The Shell)

One of the most outstanding casting controversies in the previous decade was that the public learned that Scarlett Johansson was chosen as Major in the movie Ghost In The Shell. The audience was surprised and upset by the decision not to cast an Asian descent but went with a white woman. Unsurprisingly, Ghost in the Shell bombed at the box office.

Scarlett Johansson As Major (Ghost In The Shell)

Scarlett Johansson As Major (Ghost In The Shell)

Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars)

The Star Wars prequel trilogy was seen as a galactic joke from people, even for the diehard fans of the franchise. They all agreed that Christensen’s acting performance as pre-Vader Anakin Skywalker was an absolute joke, making the movie one of the words in the whole series.

Hayden Christensen As Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars)

Hayden Christensen As Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars)

Colin Farrell as Alexander (Alexander)

Although Colin Farrell is a superb actor, in Alexander the Great, ancient King of Greece, the dark-haired Italian bad boy does not precisely match the fashion. Although a spectacular performance may have saved the job, Farrell retained his Irish accent while portraying the character in the whole movie.

Colin Farrell As Alexander (Alexander)

Colin Farrell As Alexander (Alexander)

Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush (W.)

W. was George W. Bush’s biopic of significant issues in the life of the former President. All in all, owing to casting decisions, the film garnered negative criticism. Banks were just 36 at the time. The catch? She was cast as Laura Bush, who was supposed to be in her fifties. The public had a hard time matching the age of Banks with their middle-aged depiction.

Elizabeth Banks As Laura Bush (W.)

Elizabeth Banks As Laura Bush (W.)

Johnny Depp as Tonto (The Lone Ranger)

Johnny Depp had been subject to criticism, but The Lone Ranger really significantly strained his performance career. After Depp was cast as a native American, the picture lost Disney $190 million. It led to a massive blow from criticism and the public for his racist portrayal of redface. Hollywood should be a little more careful in creating movies that can be subject to racism.

Johnny Depp As Tonto (The Lone Ranger)

Johnny Depp As Tonto (The Lone Ranger)

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor (Batman v. Superman)

Lex Luthor is one of the world’s most renowned comic book villains. When everyone knew that Luthor will appear in Batman v. Superman, created by Zack Snyder’s, the fans were delighted. That is when they saw Jesse’s Eisenberg will be the one to play the archnemesis of Superman. One film critic wrote that Eisenberg “comes across like an improbable, and thoroughly unappetizing, blend of Tracy Flick and the Joker.”

Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor (Batman V. Superman)

Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor (Batman V. Superman)

Mark Wahlberg as Elliott Moore (The Happening)

The Happening can be considered as one of the most disturbing suspense movies. However, M. Night Shyamalan’s decision to cast Mark Wahlberg in The Happening changed the film’s entire tone from a seriously disturbing to laugh-out-loud hilarious. No one could take environmental collapse seriously when Mark Wahlberg was the face of disaster, literally and figuratively. “You can’t blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher,” Wahlberg said. “At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”

Mark Wahlberg As Elliott Moore (The Happening)

Mark Wahlberg As Elliott Moore (The Happening)

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher (Jack Reacher)

In Lee Child’s best-selling novel about a huge military veteran vigilante traveling through the United States, Jack Reacher was the main character. Reacher was to have a weight of 6,5′′, 250 pounds, and a fifty-inch chest. Cruise, which scarcely met the mark at 5’7′′, was not precisely aiming for visual audiences.

Tom Cruise As Jack Reacher (Jack Reacher)

Tom Cruise As Jack Reacher (Jack Reacher)

Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)

Although Reeves is one of America’s most beloved faces, his performances are often questionable. Jonathan Harker’s picture of Reeves was tarnished by his terrible British accent and emotional response even when Bram Stoker’s Dracula won a few Oscars. The filmmaker Francis Coppola Ford kindly told out that Reeves “worked so hard,” but it was not as what they expected for it to show.

Keanu Reeves As Jonathan Harker (Bram Stoker's Dracula)

Keanu Reeves As Jonathan Harker (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek)

Even if in the 1960s Star Trek series Khan Noonien Singh had not been an Asian genuine actor, he was nonetheless a colorful man… Unlike Benedict Cumberbatch, who has been genetically engineered as the superhuman Indian. J.J. Abrams was criticized for casting a British white man for obvious reasons. Rachel Edidin of Wired said, “The racial politics of casting a British guy as an Indian man originally played by a Mexican actor are dubious as hell.”

Benedict Cumberbatch As Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek)

Benedict Cumberbatch As Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek)

Chloë Grace Moretz As Carrie White (Carrie)

A remake of Carrie was not precisely in the forefront of everyone, and the box office results showed this. Carrie’s narrative focuses on a timid, uncomfortable misfit that is harassed by bullies without mercy. Everybody agreed that choosing cheerleader-blonde such as Moretz as the lead was wrong, as Moretz seemed to be more like someone who will bully Carrie than Carrie herself.

Chloë Grace Moretz As Carrie White (Carrie)

Chloë Grace Moretz As Carrie White (Carrie)

Kevin Costner as Robin Hood (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)

Costner was another US actor who was not able to make a British accent to save his life. In 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Costner was miserable about his effort at accenting. “Unlike some other Robin Hood, I can talk with a British accent,” said Cary Elwes, who played the parody film Robin Hood in 1993 (Robin Hood: Men in Tights).

Kevin Costner As Robin Hood (Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves)

Kevin Costner As Robin Hood (Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves)

Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates (Psycho)

Even if Hitchcock’s Psycho rework in 1998 was ill-advised from the start, Vince Vaughn has been a great frosting on the cake as Norman Bates. Although the storyline was partially responsible, Vaughn lacked the bizarre appeal utilized by Anthony Perkins to popularize Psycho in the beginning.

Vince Vaughn As Norman Bates (Psycho)

Vince Vaughn As Norman Bates (Psycho)

Robert De Niro as the Creature (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein)

No mystery that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was a disaster. This was owing to the unpleasant performance of Robert De Niro as “The Creature,” where, although sporting comically hideous prosthesis, the New York accent remained heavy.

Robert De Niro As The Creature (Frankenstein)

Robert De Niro As The Creature (Frankenstein)

Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin (Beyond The Sea)

Apparently, Kevin Spacey so liked Bobby Darin that he tried to get a biography of the pop artist, which passed away at 37. Finally, Lionsgate was greenlit, but Spacey did not allow any actor other than himself to perform Darin. He emphasized especially manufacture and management. Although Spacey is praised for his show, everyone agrees that it is odd and shrill to see a 40-year-old portray a role in his 20s. Particularly in his 20-year-old junior love scenes with Kate Bosworth.

Kevin Spacey As Bobby Darin (Beyond The Sea)

Kevin Spacey As Bobby Darin (Beyond The Sea)

Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender)

Back in the day when M. Night Shyamalan chose to take over Avatar: The Last Airbender, it was on a record cold streak. Shyamalan blamed adults saying that they don’t understand the film he made. But, his decision, like Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz, to whiten the tale in the Asian parts did not impress his audience.

Jackson Rathbone And Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender)

Jackson Rathbone And Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender)

Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano (Joy)

When it comes to casting women over 30, everyone knows that Hollywood has a problem. Joy, a 34-year-old mother, inventor, and television personality, was played by Jennifer Lawrence. However, Joy Mangano must be in her 30’s and 40’s in the movie. She was too young for the part, Jennifer said. Matt Singer of ScreenCrush stated that she was “totally miscast as a divorced mother of two who’s been repeatedly beaten down by life’s disappointments.”

Jennifer Lawrence As Joy Mangano (Joy)

Jennifer Lawrence As Joy Mangano (Joy)

Every Single Person (Exodus: Gods and Kings)

When Exodus: Gods and Kings came to theaters in 2014, people noticed that almost every actor was white. Many non-white actors are involved in the film. Still, white actors like John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sigourney Weaver are nearly all the leads. As CNN pointed out, “Inhabitants of ancient Egypt and Israel simply didn’t look like Christian Bale or Joel Edgerton.”

Every Single Person (Exodus Gods And Kings)

Every Single Person (Exodus Gods And Kings)

M. Night Shyamalan as Vick Ran (Lady In The Water)

Shyamalan is renowned for either hitting the ball out of the park or taking a nosedive into the mud when directing. The filmmaker appeared in many of his movies, generally in a camera-like a Hitchcock-style. However, viewers wished he had remained behind the camera in films like Lady in the Water.

M. Night Shyamalan As Vick Ran (Lady In The Water)

M. Night Shyamalan As Vick Ran (Lady In The Water)

Sofia Coppola (The Godfather: Part IIII)

While in Tinseltown, nepotism is not always bad, the Godfather’s third movie was a complete disaster. Audiences could sense Coppola’s onscreen stiffness spoiled the film for many people.

Sofia Coppola (The Godfather Part IIII)

Sofia Coppola (The Godfather Part IIII)

George Clooney as Batman (Batman and Robin)

Even George Clooney realized that replacing Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne was a catastrophic error in 1997. Clooney remarked in a hilarious interview on the Graham Norton Show, “I constantly apologize for Batman & Robin.”. He also said, “I actually thought I destroyed the franchise until somebody else brought it back years later and changed it. I thought at the time, ‘This is going to be a very good career move.’ It wasn’t.”

George Clooney As Batman (Batman And Robin)

George Clooney As Batman (Batman And Robin)

Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland (Prometheus)

Guy Pearce has spent his time on a screen in pounds of unconvincing old man make-up in Ridley Scott’s 2012 movie Prometheus. The prothesis was so distractive that even Pearce said that he was thinking, “Why didn’t [Scott] just cast Ian McKellen?”

Guy Pearce As Peter Weyland (Prometheus)

Guy Pearce As Peter Weyland (Prometheus)

Topher Grace as Venom (Spiderman 3)

Spider-Man 3 had the most enormous problem with Eddie Brock, also called Venom in the film, one of the most popular villains in the world of comic books. People were eager to see who would portray the villain, but the deadly opponent of Spider-Man was Eric Forman of That 70’s Show, a strange twist. Besides, the person was written so intensely that nobody could spare the film its awful destiny.

Topher Grace As Venom (Spiderman 3)

Topher Grace As Venom (Spiderman 3)

Emma Stone as Allison Ng (Aloha)

Emma Stone is a bunch of stuff, but neither one-quarter is Hawaiian, and one-quarter is Chinese. Cameron Crowe decided to shine through those subtleties. He cast Stone on rom-com Aloha as Allison Ng, an Air Force pilot. The media condemns the film: “…in a movie that already starred Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, and Alec Baldwin, would it have been so hard to shine the spotlight on an actor with Asian or Pacific Island ancestry?” Crowe and Stone eventually apologized, and after blowing the box office, the film was ruined by critics.

Emma Stone As Allison Ng (Aloha)

Emma Stone As Allison Ng (Aloha)

Ed Skrein as Major Ben Daimio (Hellboy)

Hollywood’s message was received now, one would think: whitewashing was terrible. Bad. Very awful. However, it seems that Lionsgate has missed the memo while casting the Hellboy remake. The Ben Daimio figure is a revived U.S. navy. He’s also an American-Japanese. Skrein is a white person irrespective of his abilities at Deadpool. At the end of the day, Skrein left the project and described it as “the right thing to do and the only thing to do.”

Ed Skrein As Major Ben Daimio (Hellboy)

Ed Skrein As Major Ben Daimio (Hellboy)

Jake Gyllenhaal as Dr. Johnny Wilcox (Okja)

When it comes to acting, Gyllenhaal is quite the camel. Do you need an enamored sociopath or a spider fetish guy? He has you covered.  Gyllenhaal could do everything… Except seemingly, Bong Joon-Okja, who’s playing an excessive biologist. Dr. Johnny is a pity for a boy, mainly because of the heartbreaking performance of Gyllenhaal.

Jake Gyllenhaal As Dr. Johnny Wilcox (Okja)

Jake Gyllenhaal As Dr. Johnny Wilcox (Okja)

Scarlett Johansson as Dante “Tex” Gil (Rub & Tug)

Ghost in the Shell struck back in 2018 when Johansson and director Rupert Sanders have paired off once again for a biopic called Rub & Tug. Johansson took on the role of Dante “Tex” Gill, a trans man, despite being a cissexual woman, was met with protest. Many people thought an actual transgender actor should play the part of Dante. Johansson initially dismissed the criticism, but she eventually stepped down from the project.

Scarlett Johansson As Dante “Tex” Gil (Rub & Tug)

Scarlett Johansson As Dante “Tex” Gil (Rub & Tug)

The Heroes in The 15:17 to Paris

The stirring accurate tale of three Americans who have stopped a killer with an AK-47 on a train from Paris to Amsterdam is being attempted by Clint Eastwood. However, Eastwood recruited the genuine guys who were on the train that day instead of employing professionals. While still being a true-life hero is praiseworthy, reviewers have banned the film for its amateur acting, calling the performers “appalling” and “a botched stunt casting exercise.”

The Heroes In The 15 17 To Paris

The Heroes In The 15 17 To Paris

Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them)

The controversy is not new to Johnny Depp. The actor was also accused of physical abuse by his then lady Amber Heard when he played Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. It was terrible for the people who accepted to work with Warner and David Yates. She was “delighted that Johnny is playing a significant part in the film,” even J.K. Rowling. Daniel Radcliffe thought it hypocritical that the actor Jamie Waylett of Harry Potter had been deleted from the series for being indicted for using marijuana, whereas Depp faced far more severe accusations.

Johnny Depp As Gellert Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them)

Johnny Depp As Gellert Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them)

Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson (Urban Myths)

Another instance of Hollywood whitewashing was Joseph Fiennes acting like Michael Jackson for a new episode in Sky Arts’ Urban Myths. In a tweet, Jackson’s daughter, Paris, stated that she “was so unbelievably outraged” that she wanted “to vomit.” The retroactivity was so dire that the studio opted to draw the whole episode.

Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson (Urban Myths)

Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson (Urban Myths)

Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone (Nina)

Saldana took the lead from the artist Mary J. Blige. While Saldana is generally a favorite with fans all over, she was heavily criticized for playing a leading part in 2016. Still, many argued she’d be a lot fairer than Simone in real life, too conventionally. The Saldana portrait of the singer was even disdained by the relatives of Simone.

Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone (Nina)

Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone (Nina)

Steven Wilder Striegel (The Predator)

No one knows that Director Shane Black was a genuine predator in real life when he recruited a buddy in Predator in 2018. Striegel is a sex offender who has had an improper Online interaction with a fourteen-year-old girl. He spent six months in prison due to this action.

Steven Wilder Striegel (The Predator)

Steven Wilder Striegel (The Predator)

John Wayne as Genghis Khan (The Conqueror)

In a 1956 movie, The Conqueror, John Wayne depicted legendary monarch and conqueror Genghis Khan. This film was so terrible that people were killed. The film was so dreadful that it spent millions tracing every duplicate of the movie to never again be viewed. It wasn’t only that, the film was made near the radioactive wasteland site; therefore, when production had concluded, the half cast and crew, including Wayne, perished from cancer.

John Wayne As Genghis Khan (The Conqueror)

John Wayne As Genghis Khan (The Conqueror)

Tony Curtis as Antoninus (Spartacus)

Although Tony Curtis was excellent in classics like Some Like it Hot and Sweet Smell of Success, he wasn’t exactly the perfect fit for Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus. Curtis actually signed up for the film to end his relationship with Universal Studios, for whom he allegedly hated working. Time Magazine said Curtis’ New York accident “suggests that the ancient Tiber was a tributary of the Bronx River.”

Tony Curtis As Antoninus (Spartacus)

Tony Curtis As Antoninus (Spartacus)

Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

One of the ugliest and most racist portraits of character that Michael Rooney depicts is his character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Despite the prominent starring role played by Audrey Hepburn, several of the films received significant repercussions due to their objectionable cultural styles.

Mickey Rooney As Mr. Yunioshi (Breakfast At Tiffany's)

Mickey Rooney As Mr. Yunioshi (Breakfast At Tiffany’s)

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs (Jobs)

Comedy performers may sometimes switch to serious parts without disruption, although not everyone succeeds. Unfortunately, such is the case with Apple’s Founder, played by Ashton Kutcher, Steve Jobs in Jobs. For several viewers, casting spoiled the biopic.

Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs (Jobs)

Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs (Jobs)

Rihanna as Cora “Weps” Raikes (Battleship)

It’s not as if Rihanna ruined Battleship herself. The film was already doomed from the start. But the talented artist’s acting debut wasn’t exactly met with critical acclaim. In fact, Rihanna’s role in the film earned her a Golden Raspberry for Worst Supporting Actress.

Rihanna As Cora “Weps” Raikes (Battleship)

Rihanna As Cora “Weps” Raikes (Battleship)

Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor (Terminator: Genisys)

Clarke’s an incredible performer. Her skills as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones have been demonstrated. Clarke was disappointingly dull, though, in his portrayal as Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys.

Emilia Clarke As Sarah Connor (Terminator Genysis)

Emilia Clarke As Sarah Connor (Terminator Genysis)

Cameron Diaz as Jenny Everdeane (Scorcese’s Gangs Of New York)

While Martin Scorcese’s Gangs of New York is a solid picture, Diaz sticks out like a sore thumb acting poorly. Diaz’s poor Irish accent and lackluster performance set her apart from her costars, not to mention the abysmal romantic chemistry between Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio on screen.

Cameron Diaz As Jenny Everdeane (Scorcese's Gangs Of New York)

Cameron Diaz As Jenny Everdeane (Scorcese’s Gangs Of New York)

Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern (Green Lantern)

He even recognizes that the Green Lantern is a really terrible movie. Green Lantern was doomed from the off, from Reynolds’ performance to the storyline to the laughing CGI superhero costume. Fortunately, with his performance at Deadpool, Reynolds was able to redeem himself.

Ryan Reynolds As Green Lantern (Green Lantern)

Ryan Reynolds As Green Lantern (Green Lantern)

Angelina Jolie as Roxane (Alexander)

The mistake of Colin Farrell had previously also been mentioned. Still, Angelina Jolie, cast as his mother, makes it a grumpy Hollywood victory. Jolie was just one year older than Farrell at the time of filming. Apart from the technicalities of the scenario, would it harm the studios to cast older performers in literally for them?

Angelina Jolie As Roxane (Alexander)

Angelina Jolie As Roxane (Alexander)hang

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Fifty Grey Shades is what happens when Twilight fancy fiction gets a film deal. Dakota’s franchise acting abilities are, to say the least, bland. The absence of presence at the stage and the lack of chemistry between Johnson and Jamie Dornan have produced a really awful viewing experience. Dornan and Johnson were said to have failed behind the scenes.

Dakota Johnson As Anastasia (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Dakota Johnson As Anastasia (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dalà (Little Ashes)

He took up Salvador Dalí part in the film Little Ashes, along with Javier Beltran, before Robert Pattinson portrayed a moody vampire. Although the performance has been humiliating, Pattinson soon rescued himself.

Robert Pattinson As Salvador Dalà (Little Ashes)

Robert Pattinson As Salvador Dalà (Little Ashes)

Kristen Stewart as Snow White (Snow White And The Hunstman)

While Stewart is a respected actress, her acting methods often seem to be restricted to a solitary. Her rather painful facial expression are also received many critical comments. One critic stated that in Snow White and Huntsman’s performance, Stewart made her “pout her lips, beating her bedroom eyes, and hardly seemed thinking about anything more than who might lead her to the senior prom.”

Kristen Stewart As Snow White (Snow White And The Hunstman)

Kristen Stewart As Snow White (Snow White And The Hunstman)

Elijah Wood as Matt Buckner (Green Street)

When people observed that Elijah Wood had wept in Lord of the Rings for 10 hours, it’s reasonable to conclude that most people do not see him as a “tough person” who is genuinely stereotyped. Nevertheless, in Green Street, Wood was cast to play a football hooligan who was out of place for the man who was most known for Hobbit.

Elijah Wood As Matt Buckner (Green Street)

Elijah Wood As Matt Buckner (Green Street)

James Franco as Oz (Wizard Of Oz)

The Wizard of Oz is a strong character. Maybe a particular picture comes to mind… but it’s probably far from James Franco. Despite Franco’s performance, Franco was not in keeping with the character of Oz, which was too significant and dramatic to perform.

James Franco As Oz (Wizard Of Oz)

James Franco As Oz (Wizard Of Oz)

Orlando Bloom as Balian de Ibelin (Kingdom Of Heaven)

Many critics have conveyed their viewpoint that the Kingdom of Heaven of Ridley Scott is almost flawless. The cast, made up of Eva Green and Edward Norton, performed stellarly. The choice was nonetheless challenged to cast Orlando Bloom as the lead. It is said that his eyes must be augmented utilizing CGI to have them appearing more vividly than a bewildered child.

Orlando Bloom As Balian De Ibelin (Kingdom Of Heaven)

Orlando Bloom As Balian De Ibelin (Kingdom Of Heaven)

Steven Wilder Striegel (The Predator)

It turns out that Striegel has been charged with sexual assault. For having an inappropriate online relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 38, he was sentenced to six months in prison Munn informed 20th Century Fox of Striegel’s background when she found out about him, and the studio decided to remove his scene from the film. Striegel had been “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous,” according to Black’s initial defense of his decision. A sincere apology from the director was issued as public outrage mounted, acknowledging that he’d “made an error in judgment that is irresponsible. ”

Steven Wilder Striegel (The Predator)

Steven Wilder Striegel (The Predator)

Scarlett Johansson As Dante ‘Tex’ Gill (Rub & Tug)

When it was announced that Rupert Sanders and Scarlett Johansson were working on a biopic called Rub & Tug in 2018, they made headlines once more. Dante “Tex” Gill, a 1970s gangster who managed to run a major steroid ring and also used massage parlors as a front for prostitution, would be the subject of the film. Johansson might have been a better fit for the part if Gill had been a woman. However, because Gill was a trans man, activists from all over the world protested her casting.

Scarlett Johansson As Dante 'Tex' Gill (Rub & Tug)

Scarlett Johansson As Dante ‘Tex’ Gill (Rub & Tug)

Cameron Diaz (Gangs of New York)

Diaz’s performance as an 1860s pickpocket/prostitute in Gangs of New York was a rare serious dramatic role for her, and she just wasn’t up to it, giving her character a spotty-at-best Irish accent and simply not being convincing as an 1860s pickpocket/prostitute. It doesn’t help that she’s frequently the focus of the film’s weakest scenes, as Jenny and Amsterdam’s love story feels forced and distracts from the narrative’s much more compelling revenge plot. It’s a shame, because Diaz is the film’s only prominent female character, and it’s difficult not to believe that a more capable actress could have done a better job in the role.

Cameron Diaz (Gangs Of New York)

Cameron Diaz (Gangs Of New York)

Jake Gyllenhaal  (Prince of Persia)

While this whitewash extends to almost the entire rest of the film’s main cast, Gyllenhaal stands out as the most egregious miscast, owing to the fact that Prince of Persia is based on a series of popular video games with a lead character who is clearly of a different racial background than the Donnie Darko actor. At the very least, Prince of Persia remains one of the few tolerable video game films, even if its casting choices are at best dubious.

Jake Gyllenhaal  (Prince Of Persia)

Jake Gyllenhaal  (Prince Of Persia)

Liv Tyler (The Lord Of The Rings)

It’s a great pity that Arwen is mostly used to significantly boost the trilogy’s most uninteresting side story after The Fellowship of the Ring gave her such an epic moment with her facing down the Ringwraiths. Tyler’s predicament is exacerbated by the fact that he is cast opposite Hugo Weaving and Viggo Mortensen, both of whom are far more capable actors. Tyler is the weak link in a trilogy where other female actors like Cate Blanchett and Miranda Otto more than hold their own against their predominantly male cast mates.

Liv Tyler (The Lord Of The Rings)

Liv Tyler (The Lord Of The Rings)

Abbie Cornish As Anne (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

The casting of Abbie Cornish as Anne, the wife of Woody Harrelson’s Chief Willoughby, has received a lot of attention in the immediate aftermath of the 2017 Best Picture nominee Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and its problematic white redemption arc. While Cornish’s performance is flawless, it’s strange to see her in a role where she’s married to someone much older than herself.

Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns)

Superman Returns is wrongfully ridiculed as a bad superhero film more than a decade ago, but Bryan Singer’s loving homage to Richard Donner has some really good things going for it. Regrettably, Kate Bosworth’s casting as Lois Lane is difficult to justify; not because she gives a bad performance (though she’s no substitute for Margot Kidder), but because she was too young for the role. When filming started, Bosworth was only 22 years old, which would have been okay if this was a Superman origin story about Clark Kent’s first meeting with a young Lois Lane. Superman Returns, on the other hand, picks up five years after Superman has left Earth, establishing that he already had a relationship with Lois before he ever left.

Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns)

Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns)

Dane DeHaan (Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, directed by Luc Besson, is a beautiful but lifeless adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name, hampered by, among other things, its miscast leads. Dane DeHaan takes the brunt of it, as his character in the source material bears no resemblance to him. While the role of Valerian called for a young Harrison Ford, DeHaan is the furthest thing from that description. Not as a pretty boy space cop, his moody, offbeat charms are better served in edgier roles (his turn in Gore Verginski’s A Cure for Wellness comes to mind).

Dane DeHaan And Cara Delevingne  ( Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets)

Dane DeHaan

Cara Delevingne  ( Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets)

Cara Delevingne’s casting as Valerian’s partner Laureline makes much more sense because she looks the role, but the two have little chemistry and it’s difficult to believe they’re romantically linked. The wooden dialogue in the script certainly doesn’t help them, but that doesn’t excuse the casting misfire that occurred here.

Cara Delevingne  ( Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets)

Cara Delevingne  ( Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets)

David Thewlis (Wonder Woman)

Wonder Woman is without a doubt the best film in the DC Extended Universe, but it is not without flaws. Wonder Woman, like the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, lacks a truly memorable antagonist. Even though the movie nails the surprise of David Thewlis’ British politician Sir Patrick being the God of War Ares, Thewlis plainly does not look the part.

David Thewlis (Wonder Woman)

David Thewlis (Wonder Woman)

Oscar Isaac (X-Men: Apocalypse)

Unfortunately, this entry in the long line of disappointing X-Men films is no exception. Much of it can be attributed to the titular antagonist, Magneto, who has become synonymous with mediocrity rather than excellence. To be honest, Oscar Isaac is an underutilized actor in Apocalypse, whose gaudy wardrobe speaks volumes about his lackluster performance. No wonder Isaac’s performance is uncharacteristically awful, with him emoting like a brick wall under all that makeup. Although no actor could have made Apocalypse an interesting antagonist, Isaac’s performance is the furthest thing from it.

Oscar Isaac (X Men Apocalypse)

Oscar Isaac (X Men Apocalypse)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla)

Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is a blast when the focus is on the titular giant monster, but the King of the Monsters gets scant screen time compared to the film’s bland human cast. If you were expecting Bryan Cranston to play Godzilla’s human lead instead of Aaron Taylor-Johnnie, you’re in for a rude awakening. In general, Taylor-Johnson is a likeable actor, but his apathetic demeanor makes him an unsuitable choice to carry the dramatic weight of a film like this, and his bland military guy character is about as forgettable as they come.

Aaron Taylor Johnson (Godzilla)

Aaron Taylor Johnson (Godzilla)

Tom Cruise (Valkyrie)

In comparison to Stauffenberg, Cruise is a good eight inches shorter and appears completely out of place in the role of a high-ranking German officer. However, the actor makes no attempt to put on a German accent, further emphasizing his miscasting. Mission: Impossible, Minority Report, and Top Gun are all examples of Cruise’s best work when he plays a different version of himself, rather than a historical figure who should have received more attention.

Tom Cruise (Valkyrie)

Tom Cruise (Valkyrie)

Halle Berry (Catwoman)

Halle Berry accepted the lead role in Catwoman just a few years after her historic Oscar win and had already had success playing a superhero in the X-Men series with her portrayal of Storm. Michelle Pfeiffer, who portrayed the character in the 1993 film Batman Returns, had a seductive quality to her portrayal that Berry’s version lacked, and Berry’s version was over the top sexualized. If Catwoman wasn’t one of the worst superhero movies ever made, then Berry’s performance as Catwoman would still rank as one of the worst on-screen portrayals of the character to date.

 Halle Berry (Catwoman)

Halle Berry (Catwoman)

Josh Hartnett (Blow Dry)

You really have to wonder how anyone could have approved of this miscasting in Blow Dry, even if Josh Hartnett’s character had been played by someone else in the movie. With an English accent that sounds like an awful mix of Yorkshire, Irish, and California hipsters, Hartnett plays a Yorkshire barber. When Alan Rickman, who played Hartnett’s character’s father, was forced to listen to Hartnett speak in a phony English accent, you have to feel sorry for him.

Josh Hartnett (Blow Dry)

Josh Hartnett (Blow Dry)

Sean Connery (The Hunt For Red October)

The Hunt for Red October would not be half as good without Sean Connery, so let’s get that out of the way. Is everyone on the same page as to the fact that he is completely miscast as the Soviet Union’s most experienced submarine commander? Even if Sean Connery were able to pull off the role of Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius successfully, his thick Scottish accent stands out like a sore thumb among the other characters on board his submarine. Because he’s Sean Connery, no one will hold it against Connery.

Sean Connery (The Hunt For Red October)

Sean Connery (The Hunt For Red October)

Anthony Hopkins (The Human Stain)

In The Human Stain, Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) plays Coleman’s younger self, making it even more difficult to accept Hopkins’ portrayal of a Jewish black man, complete with British accent. As a light-skinned black man, Miller is much more convincing, but the fact that he and Hopkins have no resemblance at all only compounds the problem. At the very least, Hopkins is an excellent actor, and his performance would be enjoyable if he weren’t so miscast.

Anthony Hopkins (The Human Stain)

Anthony Hopkins (The Human Stain)

Ben Foster (Warcraft)

Ben Foster stands out as the film’s biggest miscasting, even if you include “every actor playing a human character in Warcraft.” Foster is a fantastic actor, and his portrayal of the great wizard Medivh in Warcraft serves as further proof. Because of his obvious miscasting, Foster stands out in the film. As much as it annoys me that the script gives Foster so many illogical lines to spout, I can’t help but think that Foster is completely miscast in this role, and his intense performance, while admirable, ends up being more of an unintentional comedy than anything else.

Ben Foster (Warcraft)

Ben Foster (Warcraft)

Matthew McConaughey (The Dark Tower)

The Dark Tower, a mediocre film adaptation of a Stephen King novel, was easily one of the most disappointing films of 2017. Idris Elba’s performance as gunslinger Roland Deschain is one of the few positive aspects of the film, and he even manages to sell some of the script’s more cringe-inducing dialogue. Matthew McConaughey, Elba’s co-star and the Man In Black’s villain, does not share this good fortune.

Matthew McConaughey (The Dark Tower)

Matthew McConaughey (The Dark Tower)

Ronda Rousey (Furious 7)

Rousey is the billionaire’s personal security chief in Abu Dhabi. She spends most of her time in an evening gown attempting to appear grumpy. She appears in a brief fight scene and then vanishes. Just to be able to say she was a part of the movie, producers shoehorned her into a made-up role just so they could advertise the fact that Rousey was on board.

Ronda Rousey (Furious 7)

Ronda Rousey (Furious 7)

Denise Richards as a Bond Girl (The World Is Not Enough)

Denise Richards is considered the worst Bond girl of all time. In 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, Richards, who portrayed Dr. Christmas Jones, should have been a nuclear physicist. Still, public opinion believed Richard’s try-hard, sexy-intelligent appeal overshadowed its role.

Denise Richards As A Bond Girl (The World Is Not Enough)

Denise Richards As A Bond Girl (The World Is Not Enough)

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