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Casting Cock-ups

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered, "What in the flapjack is - insert name of actor/actress here - doing playing that part?" I do this with every Tom Cruise movie I force myself to endure because he is not a good actor and he never transcends his own persona to truly inhabit a character. But enough about him.

There have been many other times I have had this reaction to poor casting choices or casting cock-ups.

Check out this website and see for yourself. (And I had nothing to do with Tom Cruise's inclusion. Still, if it were up to me, I would have put him on the list for Interview With A Vampire.)



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Aug. 26th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
Some people can't transcend their own persona because they are almost too self-conceptualizing and too self-aware and they are not by nature good actors. (I would be one of those folks). Madonna and Tom Cruise fall into this category. Although Tom Cruise is slightly better at at least mimicking (instead of incarnating) a character than my poor Madge could ever even dream of. :>
Aug. 26th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
When I watch a movie with Madonna in it, I want to see MADONNA so it doesn't matter if she can't really act - like when she was on Will & Grace.
But Tom Cruise so desperately wants to be regarded as an actor and he is not even close. I think that's why he and Nicole broke up. He was so jealous of the fact that she can act.
Aug. 26th, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not to hot on Tom Cruise, either. I have a couple of Cruise movies in my collection, but I have them for the story and the director-- not him.

I think he should act in autobiographical pictures from now on, and then he'd do fine because he plays himself best :P
Aug. 26th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
Great site - thank you! I've bookmarked it because it looks like lots of good reading. I SO agree with you about Cruise - the last movie I saw him in was The Last Samurai and I kept thinking: "get him out of the way so I can see the frickin' samurai." No depth - no genuine passion.

A great example of mis-casting has to be Michelle Pfeiffer's in Frankie and Johnny. Kathy Bates (I believe) played the role on broadway beautifully but Michelle had all the studio pull and said something like: "I can play ugly!" Ugly proved to be that they simply left off a few inches of the usual makeup. whoop-de-do.
Aug. 26th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
I like Michelle Pfeiffer in most things but she was completely not believable in that part. And I probably will never see The Last Samurai because Tom's in it. I can never see past his lameness to pay attention to anything else.
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