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  • Troy
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    What are some of your personal examples of the worst casting choices throughout the history of film?

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    Madson Melo
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    Gerard Butler in The Phantom of the Opera

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    Miss Frost
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    Renee Zellweger in Chicago

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    GhostOrchid
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    I thought Zellweger was great in Chicago, but well, everyone has a different opinion.

    Keanu Reeves in “Dracula” comes to mind.
    And I actually like him more than most people do, but there he was just so out of place. *lol*

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    Trent
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    Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine. He’s my favorite actor but that was just a mess.

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    Troy
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    I also thought Zellweger was fabulous in “Chicago,” and I think she should have easily won the Oscar over Kidman.  She is mesmerizing in the “We Both Reached for the Gun” segment. 

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    Leonardo Di Caprio in Titanic

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    This thread has a potential to bring out a lot of negativity. I liked Zellweger too. 

    Sofia Coppola, The Godfather Part III
    George Clooney, Batman & Robin 

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    Miss Frost
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    Oops meant Zellweger in Cold Mountain not Chicago. I don’t care if you disagree, I just didn’t feel she was right for such a role.

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    Zellweger in Chicago = perfection

    Severe miscasting – Ryan O’neal in Barry Lyndon

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    Since musicals seem to be dominating the thread thus far, I’ll toss in my hat for Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero in “Camelot.”

    Now, I’ll be the first one to say that “Camelot” is such an inherently flawed play that it’s hard to imagine a truly great film being produced from the source material in any event, but Julie Andrews and especially Robert Goulet surely would have lent more buoyancy to the sinking ship that resulted from “Camelot” in 1967. (I feel that Richard Harris bellows a few too many times for his own good, but there is an inescapable poignancy and heart in the moments he gets right, and I understand his Golden Globe win.)

    Vanessa Redgrave is one of the most sterling thespian talents currently living. And there’s actually quite a lot I like about Redgrave’s Guinevere (I think the breathy, percolating drawl of her “Lusty Month of May” is an entirely appropriate alternative to the springy soprano Andrews delivered on Broadway, for one). But there is a schizophrenic quality to Redgrave’s work here, where she always maintains her intelligence while nevertheless plugging in and out of character. She is radiant and often quite moving (she really nails her final scene well), but there’s too much of a “glass half empty” feeling that creeps up on me whenever I remember her performance. If Andrews had had the opportunity to reprise her Guinevere on film or do “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as her entry for forgettable musical fluff in 1967, I do think I would have rather seen her do “Camelot” instead.

    Nero…

    Goulet should have reprised his Lancelot. End of story.

    Yes, a Frenchman playing a Frenchman is… oh, the novelty wore off before I could finish typing the sentence.               

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    Troy
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    This thread has a potential to bring out a lot of negativity. I liked Zellweger too. 

    As do 95% of threads started on here…..

    I’ll throw out both Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche in the “Psycho” remake.   Both could not be farther from what the roles required if they tried.

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    Since musicals seem to be dominating the thread thus far, I’ll toss in my hat for Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero in “Camelot.”

    Now, I’ll be the first one to say that “Camelot” is such an inherently flawed play that it’s hard to imagine a truly great film being produced from the source material in any event, but Julie Andrews and especially Robert Goulet surely would have lent more buoyancy to the sinking ship that resulted from “Camelot” in 1967. (I feel that Richard Harris bellows a few too many times for his own good, but there is an inescapable poignancy and heart in the moments he gets right, and I understand his Golden Globe win.)

    Vanessa Redgrave is one of the most sterling thespian talents currently living. And there’s actually quite a lot I like about Redgrave’s Guinevere (I think the breathy, percolating drawl of her “Lusty Month of May” is an entirely appropriate alternative to the springy soprano Andrews delivered on Broadway, for one). But there is a schizophrenic quality to Redgrave’s work here, where she always maintains her intelligence while nevertheless plugging in and out of character. She is radiant and often quite moving (she really nails her final scene well), but there’s too much of a “glass half empty” feeling that creeps up on me whenever I remember her performance. If Andrews had had the opportunity to reprise her Guinevere on film or do “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as her entry for forgettable musical fluff in 1967, I do think I would have rather seen her do “Camelot” instead.

    Nero…

    Goulet should have reprised his Lancelot. End of story.

    Yes, a Frenchman playing a Frenchman is… oh, the novelty wore off before I could finish typing the sentence.               

    UMM… In their prime, as they were in CAMELOT, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero were the sexiest people alive. ‘Nuff said…

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    Yeah I thought Zellweger was excellent, she was my pick for 2002 Actress. Though besides Zellweger, Latifah, and Zeta Jones, I think Reily & Gere were miscasted. Or I just didn’t think they were that good in that Role.

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    I agree–CHICAGO was horrible, and totally miscast.

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