Top 12: As Kristen Stewart’s Diana splits critics, Chrissie Russell counts down highly unlikely castings
12. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen (Twilight, 2008) It might be hard to believe now, but Pattinson wasn’t a popular choice for the bloodsucker. Fans of Stephenie Meyer’s novels wanted an undisputed hottie, with even Meyer herself defending Superman star Henry Cavill as her vampire of choice. Pattinson, at the time, was best known for playing the role of Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter franchise, and reported receiving “bags of letters from angry fans telling me I couldn’t play Edward because I am Diggory âbut the Twihards soon gave in once R-Patz cut his teeth in the role – even Donald Trump admitted to being a fan.
11. Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates (Psycho, 1998)
Imitation is perhaps the most sincere form of flattery, but it is no guarantee of success. Gus Van Sant’s star-studded remake was meant to pay homage to the Hitchcock classic, but it lacked the magic of the original. Not least when it comes to Vaughn’s casting as Norman Bates, the towering comedy star (so far and especially since) unable to replicate the subtlety and undertone of genius that Anthony Perkins had. previously made to the role.
10. Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan (I’m Not There, 2007)
The casting for musician biopics is a mixed bag – Jamie Foxx has soared as Ray Charles while Zoe Saldana apologized for hitting the wrong note when casting Nina Simone. So, faced with the prospect of choosing the right man to play Dylan in his film, director Todd Haynes instead opted for five men … and one woman. Of all of them, it’s Blanchett who, for us, gives the most compelling performance, perfectly capturing the singer’s gestures and speech in a role that earned her an Oscar nomination.
9. Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana (Spencer, 2021)
Much like the pre-launch photos show Lily James embraced the platinum locks for her role as Pammy, the photos similarly show K-Stew hitting the blonde bottle in an attempt to look like the People’s Princess . Social media have already had a lot to say about the surprise cast of the new film, due out this fall. However, director Pablo LarraÃn insists he has the right woman for the job, saying, “Kristen can be a lot … mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong too, that’s what we are all about. we need.”
8. Russell Crowe as Javert (Les MisÃ©rables, 2012)
Crowe is a good actor and he captures the justice-obsessed intensity of Inspector Javert in this star-spangled cinematic version of Victor Hugo’s classic tale. But the problem with a music production is that just playing is not enough … you also have to be able to sing. Although Crowe has been a recording artist and lead singer with several musical acts since the 1980s, the reviews have been scathing. The nicest thing would be to quote tenor Alfie Boe, who, reluctantly pressed to criticize Crowe’s efforts, replied diplomatically: âHe did his best.
7. Christian Bale as Dick Cheney (Vice, 2018)
The Welsh-born star wouldn’t have been the most obvious option to play the 46th Vice President of the United States, but Bale was not the obvious choice for Batman neither, and he nailed both roles. His dramatic transformation into Cheney, one of America’s most unpopular politicians, earned him an Oscar nomination for his role. Sadly, the former veep was less magnanimous in his praise to Bale, asking a common acquaintance to ‘tell him he was a dick’ without any sense of comedic irony.
6. John Wayne as Genghis Khan (The Conqueror, 1956)
Having gained adoration for Western roles, Wayne decided to take another direction and persuaded the studio heads to choose him as the 12th century Mongolian warlord, Genghis Khan. âBrutalâ and âsavageâ are terms often associated with the Asian warrior – and the same could be said of Wayne’s performance.
5. Alanis Morissette as God (Dogma, 1999)
At just 24, the singer had already conquered the music world, so perhaps in terms of lofty goals, playing God in her film debut wasn’t such a big leap. Nonetheless, two decades later, director Kevin Smith is still being asked why he chose Morissette. âBecause I have always felt that with his infinite patience, God must be both a woman and a Canadian,â he replies.
4. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster, 2003)
The former model gained 30 pounds, had half of her eyebrows removed, wore dentures and fried her hair to look better like the serial killer Wuornos. But her success in the role went far beyond ugliness, with Theron delivering a surprisingly compelling performance that earned her a deserved Oscar for Best Actress.
3. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind, 1939)
If Twitter had existed at the time, it would most certainly have exploded in hashtag-filled indignation with the news that after two years of research, a relatively unknown British actress would take on the coveted role of the famous Southern Belle. Instead, Leigh had to face the wrath of the United Daughters of Confederation who threatened to boycott the film. It is clear that some of them decided to go see the film because, when it premiered in December 1939, it became the highest paying film at this point, with Leigh’s sassy and perfect Scarlett a large part of. its lasting success. More recently, there has been a lot of talk on Twitter and beyond the film’s portrayal of racial stereotypes and slavery.
2. Heath Ledger as the Joker (The Dark Knight, 2008)
There was nothing funny about the Fork Rage levels that greeted the announcement that a man who had mostly made teen films was going to play Batman’s greatest nemesis. Comic book fans were hugging, and even the studio didn’t ‘get’ director Christopher Nolan’s casting choice for Joker. Ledger’s now iconic performance quickly silenced critics.
1. RenÃ©e Zellweger as Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones Diary, 2001)
When news broke that Helen Fielding‘s bestselling book was going to be turned into a movie, fans immediately got involved in who would play the beloved Londoner who counts calories and wine. Texan Zellweger was not a popular choice and called the press “Hollywood clunking silly”. But the American has triumphed, becoming synonymous with the role and earning an Oscar nomination and Bafta nods to start – no doubt leaving her vv sufficient.