There’s an art to casting, practiced by a very under-appreciated team of casting directors, casting associates, and casting assistants. Most of these Hollywood professionals are incredibly good at their jobs, snagging the perfect actor for roles that never would have been as legendary without just the right person. So when the casting team gets it wrong, things can immediately go awry.
John Wayne as Genghis Khan
Photo: The Conqueror/Universal Pictures
Topher Grace as Eddie Brock/VENOM
Photo: Spider-Man 3/Sony Pictures
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
Photo: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice/Warner Bros.
Edward Furlong as The Crow
Photo: The Crow: Wicked Prayer/Dimension Films
Colin Farrell as Alexander the Great
Photo: Alexander/Warner Bros.
Seth Rogen as Britt Reid
Photo: The Green Hornet/Sony Pictures
Denise Richards as a Nuclear Physicist
Photo: The World Is Not Enough/MGM
Rosie O’Donnell as Betty Rubble
Photo: The Flintstones/Universal Pictures
Nicolas Cage As Johnny Blaze
Photo: Ghost Rider/Sony Pictures
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze
Photo: Batman & Robin/Warner Bros.
Gary Oldman as A LITTLE PERSON
Photo: Tiptoes/Reality Check Productions
Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader
Photo: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith/20th Century Fox
Photo: Catwoman/Warner Bros.
Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates
Photo: Psycho/Universal Pictures
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs
Photo: Jobs/Open Road Films
Sylvester Stallone as Sebastian The Toymaker
Photo: Spy Kids 3: Game Over/Dimension Films
Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker
Photo: Bram Stoker’s Dracula/Columbia Pictures
Jessica Alba as Sue Storm
Photo: Fantastic Four/20th Century Fox
John Travolta as Charlie Wax
Photo: From Paris With Love/Lionsgate
Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus Von Stauffenberg
Kevin Costner as Robin Hood
Photo: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves/Warner Bros.
Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant
Photo: Lawless/The Weinstein Company
Photo: Les Miserables/ Universal Pictures
January Jones as Emma Frost
Photo: X-Men: First Class/20th Century Fox
Photo: Man of Steel/Warner Bros.
Anna Paquin as Rogue
Photo: X-Men/20th Century Fox