Worst Casting

by drume | created - 22 Feb 2011 | updated - 03 Oct 2013 | Public

The worst casting in film. With so many starving actors, this is just inexcusable.

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1. Highlander (1986)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

24 Metascore

An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart

Votes: 107,556 | Gross: $5.90M

A Frenchman plays a Scotsman and a Scotsman plays a Spaniard. Neither one tries to change their accent. I can handle the magic lightning and the immortality, but suspension of disbelief has its limits.

2. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 40,308 | Gross: $22.55M

Keanu Reeves. In Shakespeare. Enough said.

3. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

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

51 Metascore

When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Christian Slater

Votes: 158,198 | Gross: $165.50M

Kevin Costner needs to stick to sports movies as an actor. Other than that, stick to producing. His accent was so bad I was alternately cringing for him and trying to hold back my giggles in the theater during serious scenes where he rapes the English accent. Doesn't Kevin have friends who are willing to tell him when he's embarrassing himself? Between this and Waterworld, it really should be obvious by now.

4. The Conqueror (1956)

Approved | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, History

Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 2,688 | Gross: $4.50M

John Wayne as Genghis Khan, the Mongolian warlord. Yes, it really happened.

5. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 168,629 | Gross: $163.21M

Christopher Plummer is a great actor. He's done an excellent job in film for decades. But if someone can't sing, you don't cast them in a MUSICAL where they have to sing! His acting is fine here, but his singing voice is like listening to Afroman sing "Because I Got High"... except Plummer's voice isn't supposed to be make you laugh and cringe.

6. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 124,066 | Gross: $102.27M

Dick Van Dyke is a comic genius, but his cockney accent is the only accent worse than Costner in Robin Hood. They hired him for his brilliant physical comedy, but they should have dubbed his voice. It's so very, very bad.