Thursday, June 20, 2013

Booking Through Thursday (32) Nightmare Cast


Booking Through Thursday is a weekly bookish meme where participants are asked a series of questions about their reading habits. To join this or future Booking Through Thursdays Click Here.

This Week BTT Asks:
Which actors have been particularly badly cast in roles of characters you first met in the pages of a book?
Do you blame the actors or the writers and other film-people for the failure?
Who would you have cast instead??


Oh this is going to be fun!! I'm going to share the character and then answer the questions based on the person because all badly casted characters aren't created equal. So rather then me babbling, let's get to it.
In no particular order, here are my choices:

Edward Speelers as Eragon from the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Let's be honest this movie was just badly done to begin with but the horrible acting by Edward Speelers didn't help any. He delivered every line as if he was bored, had a very limited range of emotions and worst of all I saw an actor playing the part the entire time. He didn't become Eragon from the book.  I absolutely blame not only the actor for being under prepared for the role but also the casting directors for hiring him in the first place.

My Choice for Eragon: If we could go back in time to when this movie was cast. I could've seen Jesse Spencer in the role of Eragon.

Anne Hathway as Fantine from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  Most of her miscasting comes from her voice (IDAD was turned into this weepy croaking mess) and looks. In most films I like Anne Hathway, she can do comedy and the girl next door wel  but for Fantine she was completely wrong. Do I blame her? Not entirely. Do I blame those who cast her? You bet I do. 

My Choice For Fantine: If they had to choose an Actress for the role over someone who had say a Broadway background, I would've chosen Natalie Portman. I know she can play dark and she could've pulled off the heartbroken mother as well.

Ed Norton as Will Graham in Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.  Ed Norton is a great actor but I just didn't feel he pulled off the role of the empathetic FBI profile. Also can we please look at that hair. He looks like he is wearing a peroxided hair helmet. Do I blame Ed Norton? Yes. He is a great actor and should've been better prepared to tackle the role. Do I blame those who cast him? No. I think they really felt he was the best choice. I do blame them for the horrible hair though.

My Choice For Will Graham: I would of either put William Peterson back in the role for the film or hired Matt Damon. Either of them would've been better than Ed Norton in my opinion.


Nic Cage as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider by Marvel Comics. OK I know it's a Comic not a book but that doesn't make the miscasting any better. Nic Cage is way to old to play Ghost Rider and he didn't have that swagger like the comic character did. Do I blame him? Well yes, I think he should've known he wasn't right for the role in the first place. Do I blame those who cast him? Absolutely.

My Choice for Johnny Blaze: I think Colin Farrel could've pulled him off or even Mark Wahlberg.

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan in The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Do I really need to say why she was an awful choice? OK. No emotion. Zip, zilch. Not that Bella in the book is some great character but she deserved better than K. Stewart. Do I blame her? Yes, I  don't ever feel she cared about her character. Do I blame those who cast her? Absolutely. Two second s of watching her act should've shown that she had very little chemistry with Rob Pattinson and a limited range of emotions when she did try.

My choice for Bella Swan: I've thought about this quite a bit and I'm still not really sure on who I would like in the role.

Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I love Natalie Portman and I actually liked her in the role until I saw Natalie Dormer portray her in the role on The Tudors. Then I couldn't help but shove her into any and all Anne Boleyn roles whether on page or screen. She is just so good in the role.  Do I blame her? Nope. Do I blame those who cast her? Nope.

My choice for Anne Boleyn: Natalie Dormer should only be cast as Anne from now on, lol. Although I wouldn't mind seeing Natalie Portman in a Tudor esque world again just not as Anne.


Those are a handful of the roles I felt were most miscast although it is nowhere near all of them.
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Now for my questions:
Which are some of your favorite characters brought to life on screen?
 Which characters do you believe were miscast for the role?
Have you seen any of the films mentioned above?
Do you agree with any of my choices?

 Leave me your answers in the comments below. I love reading your responses!

Want to check out last weeks post where I discussed Dream casting choices? Click Here!

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