Miscast Movies or Characters

by wunderdunder | last updated - 06 Jun 2011 | Public

Not all character's but for one or more they should have picked someone else and it would have been a better or more popular movie. (No particular order)

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1. Vantage Point (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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40 Metascore

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, Bruce McGill

Votes: 133,573 | Gross: $72.27M

It seems like any movie Dennis Quaid is in is underrated.

2. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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51 Metascore

Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd

Votes: 591,618 | Gross: $474.54M

Anakin and Amadala

3. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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54 Metascore

Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee

Votes: 516,988 | Gross: $310.68M

Same as above

4. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 344,006 | Gross: $77.81M

Diaz didn't do a bad job, but I think this movie is underated because of her. Although some say De Caprio was wrong for this role I disagree. Daniel Day Lewis was outstanding.

5. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 616,446 | Gross: $148.10M

Everybody but Eastwood.

6. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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58 Metascore

Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.

Directors: Rob Cohen, Mel City | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 298,456 | Gross: $144.53M

Paul Walker was terrible as usual. Someone that can be taken seriously would have made this movie better.

7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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65 Metascore

Famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is called back into action, when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

Votes: 361,940 | Gross: $317.10M

Karen Allen and Ray Winstone were both pretty annoying at their characters in this movie.

8. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.0
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63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 895,801 | Gross: $305.41M

Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley aren't terribles actors, but they were the lowpoint to this series.

9. The Italian Job (2003)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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68 Metascore

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron

Votes: 304,988 | Gross: $106.13M

I typically like Mark Wahlberg, but being the lead he didn't carry this movie as well as someone else could have.

10. Knight and Day (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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46 Metascore

A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 158,998 | Gross: $76.42M

Cameron Diaz's character should have been played by someone else.

11. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.8
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49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 306,488 | Gross: $166.11M

Everybody, but Danny Glover. They expected to wow us with effects and forget about the piss poor acting and it worked on some, but obviously not others.

12. Flyboys (2006)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: James Franco, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker, Scott Hazell

Votes: 37,603 | Gross: $13.08M

Jean Reno was good. To me James Franco wasn't right for this role and there were a lot of others who should've been replaced.

13. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.5
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40 Metascore

A remake of the 1951 classic science fiction film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith

Votes: 147,692 | Gross: $79.37M

I actually think Keanu Reeves was OKAY for this role, but Kathy Bates and Jaden Smith didn't fit.

14. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.3
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,088,128 | Gross: $206.85M

Luckily Katie Holmes didn't have much screen time so she didn't "ruin" this movie, but I wish they would have had Maggie Gyllenhall play Rachel from the get go.

15. Fireproof (2008)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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28 Metascore

In an attempt to save his marriage, a firefighter uses a 40-day experiment known as "The Love Dare".

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel, Stephen Dervan

Votes: 18,412 | Gross: $33.46M

All religious preferences aside this movie had a good message and if it had better actors it would have been a lot more watchable.

16. What Happens in Vegas (2008)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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36 Metascore

A man and a woman are compelled, for legal reasons, to live life as a couple for a limited period of time. At stake is a large amount of money.

Director: Tom Vaughan | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry, Lake Bell

Votes: 149,979 | Gross: $80.28M

A less "obnoxious" couple would have been better.

17. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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67 Metascore

An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

Votes: 198,214 | Gross: $40.14M

Although I think Will Ferrell was great in this movie, him being the main character seems to make everyone go in with the wrong expectations.

18. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

6.1
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44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 274,896 | Gross: $198.54M

Ben Afleck is talented, but wasn't right for this role.

19. Dear John (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.3
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43 Metascore

A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas

Votes: 117,182 | Gross: $80.01M

I actually thought this was a good movie, but Channing Tatum wasn't a believable Green Beret to me even if he was in GI Joe.

20. Entrapment (1999)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Crime, Romance

6.3
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54 Metascore

An insurance agent is sent by her employer to track down and help capture an art thief.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ving Rhames, Will Patton

Votes: 94,454 | Gross: $87.70M

Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones had no chemistry. If they replaced Jones with a better actress and Connery with a little younger one I think this would have been better.

21. National Treasure (2004)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.9
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39 Metascore

A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean

Votes: 270,366 | Gross: $173.01M

Poor Nicholas Cage... he didn't do a bad job, but I think it's pretty hard to take him seriously as a historian, but he wasn't the only one that struggled to make this movie better. Sean Bean made a great villian for this movie IMO.

22. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.7
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50 Metascore

An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 191,899 | Gross: $180.01M

The part of the Captain and Daena should have been played by someone else.

23. Driven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Drama, Sport

4.5
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29 Metascore

A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kip Pardue, Til Schweiger, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 35,963 | Gross: $32.62M

Stallone was surrounded by B-Listers and he's not the best "actor" himself.

24. S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.0
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45 Metascore

An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J

Votes: 126,020 | Gross: $116.93M

25. Sniper (1993)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller, War

6.1
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A US Marine sniper is partnered with a SWAT member to take out rebel leaders in the jungles of Panama.

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: Tom Berenger, Billy Zane, J.T. Walsh, Aden Young

Votes: 20,474 | Gross: $18.99M

26. Takers (2010)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.2
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45 Metascore

A group of bank robbers find their multi-million dollar plan interrupted by a hard-boiled detective.

Director: John Luessenhop | Stars: Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy

Votes: 50,152 | Gross: $57.74M

It really wasn't a bad movie, bud the horrible acting was just distracting from almost everybody but Matt Dillon.

27. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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50 Metascore

A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina

Votes: 239,425 | Gross: $90.76M

A lot of miscast here, but the most obvious is Jake as Dastan. Gemma Arterton looked good as usual, but not a great choice either.

28. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.8
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74 Metascore

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,650,153 | Gross: $292.58M

It's just hard for me to take Ellen Page seriously after Juno. I also think she was too young for the role.