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Questionable Casting Choices We Hated At First But Later Realized Are Pure Genius

It is not easy to cast an actor appropriate for a role. Especially, if the role has already been played by someone else. Fans easily judge the actors playing the role if they have been done exceptionally well before. If the casting really does not meet the expectations of the fans, it affects the performance of the film. But sometimes there are casting choices that fans initially hated but when they watched them perform, they fell in love with these actors. They realized that these casting choices were pure genius.

Bruce Willis turned out to be the perfect John McLane

Bruce Willis in Die Hard is one the genius casting choices
Bruce Willis in Die Hard

When the actor Bruce Willis was the casting choice for the role of John Mclane, not many had seen him as an action hero. He did not have the chiseled body that an action hero is supposed to have. But now he is the face of the Die Hard franchise. Before that, he had been famous for the role he played in the sitcom, Moonlighting. When he was first cast for the role, not many were sure if he would deliver. But now, not only is he the ideal action hero but also changed the way action heroes are supposed to look. We could be glad he was cast as John McLane.

Matt Damon was born to play Jason Bourne

Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity is one of the best casting choices
Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity

Now that we think about it, there was no better casting choice for Jason Bourne than Matt Damon. The ones who hated the idea that he would be playing the role must have felt a little dumb for thinking that way. But they weren’t really at fault. Before becoming the face of The Bourne Identity, Matt Damon was known to play vulnerable and intelligent characters. This was a total shift from the usual action heroes the fans had been used to. But now, we can only thank the director, Doug Liman, for bringing about the change. He created the usual gritter with a more artistic style.

Daniel Day-Lewis brought Lincoln back to life

Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln is the perfect casting choices
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

It is hard to imagine that people thought Daniel Day-Lewis was not the right actor for the role. After watching the movie we all feel like if not him then who. But before he was cast in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, he was known for working in movies like Gangs of New York, The Age of Innocence, My Left Foot, and There Will be Blood. Plus a British actor playing the role of the most loved American president did not sit well with many. But when the movie came out, the audience saw one of the most accurate performances of a historical figure. The role also won him a lot of accolades.

Sissy Spacek was the right Carrie White

Sissy Spacek in Carrie is the perfect casting choices
Sissy Spacek in Carrie

To anyone who had read the Stephen King novel, Sissy Spacek appeared to be one of the worst casting choices by the makers of the adaptation. Sissy Spacek, an ex-model was nothing like the book’s description of Carrie White. Carrie, in the book, is overweight, sloppy, and has a face full of acne. No one was sure if the actress could play a tortured high school girl, she was also not young enough to play the role. But now, once we have watched the film, it would have been incomplete without her blood-soaked form.

Mark Ruffalo is the best Hulk so far

Mark Ruffalo in Hulk is the perfect casting choices
Mark Ruffalo in Hulk

The Hulk had been portrayed before by two highly acclaimed actors, Lou Ferrigno and Edward Norton. When it was revealed that Marvel Studios is casting Mark Ruffalo as Hulk for The Avengers, the fans were not sure. Mark Ruffalo, previously, was the hero in romantic comedies and was known for playing sensitive characters. And that was totally different from the ever angry Hulk. However, it turned out to be a genius choice, as the actor not only portrays the angry Hulk well but also brings out the sensitive side needed to Bruce Banner.

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Written by Gargi Mishra

I am Gargi Mishra, an aspiring filmmaker. I look at the world through the viewfinder and love to study films. Write them and write about them.