Recasting movie characters is never an easy task. Over the years, Hollywood has been on a spree of recasting some of the most iconic characters and ruining them over for us. When Jared Leto stepped in to play a character that received Heath Ledger accolades, it created a global uproar. Some actors simply go beyond just playing a character. Instead, they become the character. Imagine Tony Stark being played by somebody other than Robert Downey Jr. Hard isn’t it?
It is time for us to offer Hollywood a piece of advice and tell them about the 19 Movie Characters Who Should Never Be Recast. Seriously, filmmakers, if you come anywhere near these legendary characters, we’ll be picketing theaters on opening week. Let’s get started.
1. Will Smith as Agent J in Men in Black (1999)
No one could have played Agent J as perfectly as Will Smith did. It is still counted as one of his best performances ever.
2. J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man trilogy
With his last moment appearance in Spiderman: Far From Home, Marvel Studios made their fans overjoyed. He’s speculated to return in the third installment as well.
3. Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
She played it so well and we all hated her so much that we don’t want to hate anybody else now.
4. Tim Curry as Dr. Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Sorry to all those who’ve tried but Tim Curry was simply the best.
5. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus (1993)
No trio, I repeat, no trio could replace Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.
6. R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket (1987)
He was such a perfect fit for the role, he was actually able to snag the role away from another actor.
7. Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride (1987)
Also, Andre the Giant as Fezzik. Also, Cary Elwes as Westley. Also, the whole cast of that movie.
8. Samuel L. Jackson as Jules in Pulp Fiction (1994)
Neither Jules Winnfield nor Vincent Vega should ever be considered to recast. Jackson and Travolta had the most iconic chemistry in the film.
9. Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990)
Bates won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her antagonist portrayal of the 1990 film adaptation of the novel Misery.
10. Martin Freeman and Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy
They’re both perfect for that single role, and Freeman looks EXACTLY like a younger Holm.
11. Tom Hiddleston as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
No one on here is admitting that no one could ever live up to that performance.
12. Robert England as Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise
He is the only one who can play that character. Sorry to whoever played him in the remake, but you didn’t stand a chance.
13. Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (1964)
In the recent sequel (Marry Poppins Returns), it was hard to let go of the fact that it wasn’t the same person. While the sequel was still good, Andrews is what made the original amazing.
14. Danny Glover as Albert in The Color Purple (1985)
For years, people hated Danny Glover because of how well he played that role. He was the definite perfect fit for this role.
15. Robert Shaw as Quint in Jaws (1975)
Nobody else could have pulled off that level of unhinged sadness without looking completely over-the-top.
16. Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006)
Mirren played the Queen better than the Queen herself ever could. Even the casting of Netflix’s The Crown is spot on.
17. John Cazale as Fredo in The Godfather trilogy
John Cazale was such a talent that we lost too soon to lung cancer. He was in five movies — all of which were nominated for Best Picture. (In case you’re wondering: The Godfather 1 and 2, The Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Conversation.)
18. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in Alien (1979)
When you rewatch both Alien and Aliens, you realize how genuinely good and iconic she was.
19. Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa in Black Panther (2018)
He was so great in every role he played, from Jackie Robinson to James Brown… the list goes on, but it’s not nearly long enough. The world lost him way too soon. Rest easy King.
What’s one role that you think an actor portrayed so perfectly that they could never be replaced? Tell us in the comments below!