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Hated Casting Decisions That Turned Out to Be Iconic Roles

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Choosing actors for a movie is that one thing that can make or break a film. It’s like a game of chance. A director makes a match, but there’s no way of knowing if it will be the winning one. We know some of the best: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Brando as Corleone, Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. But this wasn’t something fans always completely agreed with. More often than not, they show disapproval towards these choices, but directors and actors usually prove them wrong, sometimes even leaving them open-mouthed.

Here are some of the most iconic most-hated-castings-turned-out-memorable-performances that marked modern film.

Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone

It's hard to imagine anyone else playing the role of Don Vito Corleone but Marlon Brando. However, the star of ''Last Tango in Paris'' was not the choice of all parties involved in creating ''The Godfather.''

Even though Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola wanted Brando, the executives at Paramount wanted someone else. The suits were thinking about Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Quinn, or Ernest Borgnine. Finally, the choice came down to Brando and Borgnine, and we all know who got the part. And he really lived out the quote: 'I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.' He made it and made it good. 

He inspired some of the Hollywood legends’ careers like Jack Nicolson, Al Pacino, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and still counting. There's a famous Paul Newman quote “I'm angry at Marlon because he does everything so easily. I have to break my a** to do what he can do with his eyes closed." And the legend lives long.

Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos

When Charlize Theron got the leading role in ''Monster,'' the public was skeptical. No one believed she could portray the character of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. The actress proved everyone wrong. 

Even she herself was doubtful as she used to say "I didn’t think I could do it at first. The thing that convinced me ultimately was that I had never had—and I get emotional thinking about it—I never had somebody believe in me like that before.” And the role got her fame. Theron wore prosthetics, gained weight, and showed what a remarkable actress she is. She even won the Oscar for Best Actress for the role.  

Daniel Craig as James Bond

When someone says James Bond, most of us think about a tall, slim man with dark hair. It was like that, at least until Daniel Craig came to the scene. Now, we all love our blonde and muscular agent 007. But it was not always like that.

When Daniel Craig was cast for the leading role in 2016's Casino Royale, arguably many gamblers’ favorite movie, filmmakers and audiences were not happy. Anti-Craig websites were even created heading a smear campaign against the actor. But when he finally took over from Pierce Brosnan, his performance gave hope that the franchise was in good hands. 

Today, after almost five years since ''Casino Royale'' premiered, we are all happy Craig played the role of agent 007. He inspired many, and thanks to his brilliant performance, Casino Royale is so popular that it is rated the best gambling movie ever. It has 8/10 mark on IMDB, and 94% likes on Rotten Tomatoes (just for comparison Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is on the 20th place).  The movie is so adored that many venues are even trying to mimic its atmosphere. Even some online casinos try to provide their players with an all-round online James Bond experience by using imagery like the Caribbean sea side, invoking scenes from the first Daniel Craig Bond movie.

Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins

Many generations have grown up watching Mary Poppins. A magical nanny played by Julie Andrews has enriched the childhood of so many people around the globe. It was just a matter of time when the idea of a sequel would appear. When it finally happened, it raised many doubts. The public was skeptical, especially about Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins.

Many arguments emerged. For some, Emily was not pretty enough; for others, she was too pretty. Some thought she was not a classic actress, but most of all, critics had some doubts about Emily's dancing and singing talents. Although the movie was not a huge box office success, Emily proved she was the right choice for the role.

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. was the first choice of director Jon Favreau. Even though fans and Marvel were not too happy, the director proved them wrong. Iron Man was the hit, and Downey Jr. presented incredible acting skills. But what was the obstacle in choosing Downey for the role of Iron Man?

For quite some time, Robert Downey Jr. was not welcome in Hollywood. He was in the public eye not because of his acting but because of drug and alcohol abuse. Luckily, the actor cleaned up and returned to acting. Downey's fight in his private life and the victory made him the only choice for Jon Favreau. The director believed in the actor, and we are happy he did.

Liv Tyler as Arwen Undómiel

When it was announced The Lord of the Rings saga would have its big-screen version, fans were out of their minds. However, when they found out Liv Tyler is going to play the role of Arwen, doubts appeared. 

Many have thought she is not talented enough for such a demanding role, while others thought she was not looking ‘fairy’ enough. However, right after the premiere, critics quieted down. The movies instantly became classics, alongside the characters played by Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, and, of course, Liv Tyler.

Heath Ledger as the Joker

The Internet community was not happy when Heath Ledger was cast for the Joker in ''The Dark Knight.'' Just as was the case with Emily Blunt’s role of Marry Poppins, many have thought Ledger was not attractive enough, while others emphasized how he is too good-looking for the role. Also, the public had doubts about his acting skills because he played nothing similar before. All those doubts were unjustified. 

Unfortunately, the actor died months before the premiere of ''The Dark Knight'' in 2008, while leaving an indelible trace in movie history.


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