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  • And the most perfect piece of casting? Andy Serkis as Ian Dury. Enjoy!

  • ironflange

    Robin Hood is about to take another hit: Russell Crowe as Robin. OH MY GOD!

  • Yes! The Gladiator in green tights!

  • Anon

    Toby Maguire in Spiderman. Enough said.

    • Tyler


      • Mark.L

        Actually that's rubbish. If you watched the original TV series and read the comics, you'd realise bug eyed Maguire was an excellent choice for the role. It's just a shame the 3 movies were all so emo with less emphasis on action.

  • That's the tough part of making these lists. When I did one ( everyone had one they said I left off. Most of them I had considered, but you can only have so many. For me, though, Tom Cruise in Interview With the Vampire is the very first role that came to mind. He could have been Louis, but was beyond awful as Lestat.. Kudos on the John Wayne picks, he was horrible as anything but himself, but especially in historical epics. The same for Tony Curtis. Sparticus is one of my favorite movies, but how anyone can keep from giggling at a centurian with that accent is beyond me.

    • Roqulere

      Cruise as Lestat was fine but Banderos as Armand was a travesty.

  • M

    :O:O:O no way RH prince of theives has stolen the theme tune from willow am i the first person ever to realise this????????????

    • Kia

      It was familiar, but I didn't know why… Thx. :)))

      <3 Willow.

      • M

        <3 you for <3ing willow 😉

  • iggy

    How could you leave out Jessica Alba as Susan Storm? I thought everyone else was at least passable (and I thought Chiklis was great as Ben Grimm) but as cheesy as the movie was she destroyed any credibility they might have had. That franchise was doomed from from the start simply due to her unbelievability.

  • GetItRight

    Errol Flynn was a Kiwi, not an Aussie, and was known to punch out people who made that mistake when he was drinking.

    • Google him and all the websites state he was born in Hobart, Tasmania – part of Australia.

    • Scrotts

      Flynn was Australian. Russell 'Phone-Hurler' Crowe is from New Zealand. We Australians bear no responsibility for him. Thank you.

  • DngnRdr

    How about anything with Jack Palance in it… *shudder*

    • If you've seen Monte Walsh – you would maybe have a different take on Palance. That movie was perfectly cast.

    • Rob G

      His role in City Slickers was spot on for a intimidating rancher. The whole thing was a farce and he was perfect in it.

  • grawpy

    Owen Wilson as Lt. Chris Burnett -I had the same feeling

    Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones not seen but I can imagine that it was awful

    I would add Toby Maguire as Spiderman (I could watch it only beacuse he wore a mask for most of the time)

  • secretmachine

    Erm my vote definattely goes to Michael Clarke Duncan as the Kingpin in daredevil, just awful

  • Very Glad Mr. Costner made #1 worst cast

  • Dynamite_D

    In the World is Not Enough while Bond is in bed with Denise Richards he says: "I thought Christmas comes once a year", classy.

  • Lex

    There are so many actors for roles I could list but the one that sticks out the most to me is Halle Berry as Storm in the X-Men movies and her role in Catwoman. I mean come on now. She was only cast in those roles because the casting directors wanted a chance to oggle her in those outfits. That and they believed that her presence alone would pull in comic book nerds (like myself) and non-nerd/casual movie goers alike. I hate when they do that. Casting an actress (or actor) just because of their "hotness factor" (of which hers is highly exaggerated) is irresponsible. Sure she has skill as an actress but I can think of tons more actors better for those roles.

  • Hugh Janus

    No 5

    The story is that Wayne spoke that line in his normal drawl, and the director shouted at him to say it

    with AWE! OK, says Big John.

    "Awwww, truly that man was the the Son of God."

  • Joe

    There's another thing about The Conqueror–where it was filmed.

    Almost half the cast and the crew developed some form of cancer and many died.

    Check the Cancer Controversy section of the film's Wikipedia entry.

  • Rob

    Another bad one was Michelle Phiefer as a tough inner-city teacher – can't remember the name of the film…

    • TexasStar

      Dangerous Minds was the movie…Ms. Phiefer does get pretty annoying in the movie, but I give it a pass just based on the Coolio song alone

  • bildo

    Michael Keaton as Batman

    George Clooney as Batman

    and yes, Val Kilmer as Batman

    Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett

    I agree with Costner being #1. Good list.

  • Rebecca:)

    I kind of like Owen Wilson's crooked nose. Flaws can be sexy.

    • Davo

      not his

  • corvettepowered

    Add Prince of Persia to that list. Jake doesn't look very Persian.

  • Jane

    You forgot to mention one of the greatest Miscast of all times >>> Richard Gere as "First Knight" from 1995. This movie shows how can miss those who are called cast-directors

    • Don't know that one. I'm fearful to watch!

    • Andy A.

      I agree, First Knight was the worst telling of the Arthur story ever – but the other actors might have been able to over come the horrible costuming and the ridiculous cheese for dialog, but Gere made the film as bad as Zucker intended it to be.

  • yeah

    Who has even seen these movies?

  • RaulJones

    Crowe, the Irish Robin Hood… 😉

  • Joe

    Nicholas Cage in any Bruckheimer film.

    • Gus

      Nicholas Cage in any film.

      Fixed it for you.

      • Rob G

        Cage was great in Wild at Heart, Leaving Los Vegas, Vampires Kiss, and Raising Arizona.

  • Marting

    Heston as a Mexican in "Touch of Evil".

  • Roqulere

    Crowe as Robin Hood trumps Costner IMO.

  • jim Venner

    Stallone as Judge Dredd ?

  • Bambino

    Tom Cruise in Valkyrie & Colin Farrell in Alexander…. shocking.

  • KGB

    The Robin Hood one is actually a stupid reason. Complaining about accents is worthless because the English of the day was not the same as English in England or America now. However, there is evidence that the colloquial accent of the day was closer to the general American accent than it was to the British one.

  • Shahar

    Tom Cruise as a crane operator everyday man in War of the World.

    • while I did like the movie, I agree that seeing him as a crane operator raised my eyebrow. Not sure why, maybe he was just too big of a star to be pictured in a blue collar role.

  • mrthepandaman

    Lists like this always forget- Nic Cage as Ghost Rider.

  • Daniel

    It seems that the author of this list, as well as those commenting, lost track of what the list was supposed to be about. What began as a list of mis-casting became a list of poor performances. For example the person who complained about Halle Berry being cast as Storm in the X-Men. In the comics Storm was an attractive African American woman Halle Berry is an attractive African American woman. The casting makes sense. The ensuing performance may or may not have been one’s cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean that the original casting decision was the mistake. If we truly want to look at instances of mis-casting how about we discuss Laurence Olivier (white Englishman) cast as Othello in the 1965 movie, or any of the leads in The Shining. Shelly Duval as the woman described in the book as an attractive blonde or Jack Nicholson as the normal man who decends into insanity. Jack Nicholson has a dangerous aspect to his persona which mitigates the power of the haunted hotel. In short he was kinda crazy to begin with.

    • Well said, Daniel. You are on the money with your assessment of Nicholson as well.

    • Eyeless Dog Pawless Dog Loveless Dog

      Storm is African in the comic, by your reasoning the cast was bad ( and let’s not kid ourselves that woman can’t act)
      agree about the shining, the performances are terrific though

  • wombat

    With the exception of Risky Business, where he played a rich spoiled brat, Tom Cruise has been miscast in every movie he has been in. This short cult obsessed narcisist should of only played roles such as the quirky friend in rom-coms or the guy that gets killed at the start of an action movie so the star has motivation for killing the bad guys.

  • Wendel

    OK, I can find some fault with most of your Top Ten lists mainly because a lot of them seem to be written by people who do not know their subject matter.

    THIS list however is dead on. Obviously written by either someone who watches movies, or has a great assistant doing their research for them.

    Good job and spot on with every one.
    Sometimes you have to wonder what pictures these actors had to blackmail themselves into these roles.

  • Ironfist

    A moustached Matthew Broderick as a Union officer in Glory

  • Shallowgirl

    Well, for me, the worst bit of casting is Kate Winslet in Titanic. Paired with Leonardo di Caprio (sorry to say, another miscast in my eyes) she just looks like his “big sis”. She’s completely “wrong” for that period and the two have no chemistry whatsoever. This was again demonstrated in Revolutionary Road. Whoever thought that these two looked good or credible together? Ridiculous!

    Also, Nicole Kidman in anything! How long are we going to have to put up with being forced to believe she can act. Every time I watch her in something I think of someone else who could have done it so much better.

    • I loved Nicole Kidman in Dead Calm and Malice. Nothing after that.

  • JW

    Denise Richards was just as good as any other bond girl, no problem there. Also no problem with Owen Wilson in Behind Enemy Lines or Kidman in Days of Thunder. When I think of miscast roles I think of quality movies. Most of these movies are nothing to get uptight over.

  • Helen

    Jennifer Grey as “Baby” in Dirty Dancing. She and Patrick Swayze didn’t have any chemistry as couple and I wasn’t surprised to hear that they didn’t like each other during filming, because it showed. To be brutally frank, she wasn’t attractive enough for a good looking, “cool”, guy like Johnny Castle to be interested in.

  • Rob G

    Keanu as Constantine was a little off, IMHO.

    And, Ben Afflack is tough to take in any setting outside of Boston.

  • Simone

    I think Meg Ryan in City of Angels as a surgeon was too hard for me to believe. But then again, don’t know why I watched it in the first place because I find anything Nicholas Cage in to usually be a waste of time. I liked the story of the movie but I think it could have been much better with two other cast members. Cage looked constipated.

  • Lisl

    IMO Tom Cruise was great as Lestat and Pitt as Louis. I can think of no-one who could have done it better. I remember this scene where Lestat said: “Why should I know these things?And that noise…”
    That scene was great, check it out if you haven’t. It looked as if he was not acting but so in the zone that he was really angry, you can see the spit flying! After seeing him perform even Anne Rice apologised and said he was great.She thought he was wrong for the role before they started filming.This is one of my favourite films and I thought all the actors were excellent-even Banderas.

  • YouRang?

    Belated thanks to RobG for mentioning Constantine. I’ve always felt the role should have gone to Jamie Marsters (Spike from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer).