Once the screenplay to a film or TV show is completed, one of the next steps is to cast all the roles in the production.
Casting directors have a challenging job, since, many times the success or failure of a movie or TV show is based on not the script, sets, props, or even the director…but, on the people playing the roles to bring the script to life.
To make matters worse (or at least more difficult), sometimes when you cast someone in a particular role, that actor may not be available. Which means the casting director now has to find a suitable replacement. In some cases, it’s got to be done quickly and within the parameters of a specific budget.
That being said, could you imagine some iconic roles being played by other actors?
Liam Neeson turned down the role of President Abraham Lincoln in the movie “Lincoln.” That role garnered Daniel Day-Lewis an Oscar!
Things sometimes work out in strange ways. Jennifer Lawrence, who made herself a household name in The Hunger Games, auditioned for and didn’t get the part of Bella in the “Twilight” series. That role went to Kristen Stewart.
Al Pacino admitted that he turned down the an offer to play Han Solo in “Star Wars.” Harrison Ford landed the role, and we know how that worked out.
John Travolta turned down an offer to play Forrest Gump, which would eventually go to Tom Hanks, which won him an Oscar and Golden Globe for “Best Actor.”
Matthew McConaughey and Macaulay Culkin were both under consideration for the lead in “Titanic.” However, we all know that Leonardo DiCaprio got that iconic role.
Well, now…Cheatsheet.com has listed the WORST 25 casting choices of all time. You can see them all here.
Here are the Top 10 WORST castings according to that list.
10. John Wayne as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror.
9. Cameron Diaz as Jenny Everdeane in Gangs of New York.
8. Jake Gyllenhaal as Datan in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
7. Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone in The Godfather III.
6. Colin Hanks as the Doomsday Killer in Dexter.
5. Kevin Costner as Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
4. Vince Vaughn as career criminal Frank Semyon in True Detective.
3. Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
2. Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
1. Gary Oldman as Rolfe in Tiptoes.
Well…That’s Hollywood…and the Show MUST go on!