As for the 50 Shades of Grey casting? I admit I could not care an iota about this...but find it quite amusing nonetheless. Charlie Hunnam is a dashing enough guy...but when I saw who the fans wanted??? Well....I can't say I blame them. Laurie described him as "the perfect male specimen." Indeed. (Do yourself a favor and IMDB Matt Bomer.) Unhappiness over Dakota Johnson I can see more. I've never realllly gotten her appeal, but you never know, maybe she'll channel more of her Grandma (Tippi Hedren) than her mom (Melanie Griffiths.) And maybe their chemistry will be just electric and exactly what is required. I won't know or care because I will probably never see it...but the point is...sometimes weird casting choices work. And sometimes they fail miserably (but so do ones that seemingly made sense too.) With that, I've decided to present a list of 5 surprising choices that worked, and 5 of the biggest blunders. Enjoy!
5 ODD CASTING CHOICES THAT WORKED:
HEATH LEDGER IN THE DARK KNIGHT - This one is the most obvious of all...because it was the most shockingly good of them all! When I heard they picked HEATH LEDGER as the joker. I was absolutely flabbergasted. Everyone was! This former teen heartthrob whose last role was playing a gay cowboy (with a ridiculous accent) is somehow gonna be transformed into Batman's greatest nemesis? I didn't see it...AT ALL. And magically....he did just that and turned in one of the most chillingly villainous performances in cinematic history, earning him a posthumous Academy Award. His joker was an instant classic, ranking up with the likes of Hannibal Lecter, Darth Vader, and Norman Bates.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY IN PRIDE & PREJUDICE - Keira Knightley was one of the most sought after actresses following her introduction to the world in the first Pirates of the Caribbean. But after the flop of King Arthur, it kind of remained to be seen how great of acting chops the girl actually had. Then you go and cast her in one of the most iconic literary female roles of all time? Plus...Keira Knightley is breathtakingly beautiful...Elizabeth Bennet is supposed to have the beauty to be sure, but she's not the one to first be noticed in her family! Could they play down her beauty enough? Did she have the fierceness to handle the role anyway? I was definitely skeptical. While her performance might not have one over the people still obsessed with the 6-hour snorefest (haha sorry guys I'm saying it..) I think she did a fabulous job capturing the essence of one of my favorite characters...AND the Academy thought so too. (Special mention, her counterpart Matthew Macfadyen could have been added on here as well because in the previews I was DEFINITELY not sold on him...though no I can't imagine anyone else.)
HONORABLE MENTION: MATTHEW MCCONOUGHEY IN BERNIE AND MUD.
5 HORRIBLE CASTING CHOICES THAT DIDN'T WORK:
HONORABLE MENTION: VINCE VAUGHN - PSYCHO, PIERCE BROSNAN - MAMMA MIA.
Oh and one more honorable mention is found HERE. Which I must admit really cracked me up. Now I know I most definitely scratched the surface and there are far worse miscasts in the history of film, but these were some of my least favorites. You're welcome to share your thoughts on mine, and some of yours in the comments below.