TOP 5 MOST ANNOYING CASTING SWITCHES

I don’t know about you but one thing that drives me crazy is when producers of a film decide to make a casting switch in sequels for popular movies. That is, they bring in a new actor to play a part in a sequel that was played by another actor in the original film. I think it annoys me more than anything because, having ADD, it completely distracts me and takes me out of the film.

We talked about it a bit on the latest MILFcast and I thought it was a good enough topic to require it’s own list. So, here’s the Top 5 that annoy me the most (in order):

5. THE MATRIX RELOADED & REVOLUTIONS (Character: The Oracle)

This one only comes in at #5 because the Wachowskis didn’t really have a choice since Gloria Foster died before the filming of the trilogy was completed. They also did a nice job of weaving Mary Alice into the story under the guise that the Oracle looked different because she was in hiding from Agent Smith and needed a disguise. Still, it always throws me a bit as Alice lacks alot of Foster’s warmth.

4. BACK TO THE FUTURE 1 & 2 (Character: Jennifer)

This one is almost unnoticable as the part of Marty’s girlfriend in the first film is very small but when the second film picks up right where the first left off, Elizabeth Shue’s presence is a bit jarring. I like Shue but she is essentially knocked unconscious for the remainder of the film so I always wonder if this was really necessary. Apparently, the original actress to portray Jennifer, Claudia Wells, had some personal problems that kept her from taking part in the sequels.

3. IRON MAN 1 & 2 (Character: Rhodey)

I don’t know if many of you know this but Terrence Howard was the highest paid actor for Iron Man. That’s right! He made more than Gwenyth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and even RDJ himself. The reason he was replaced lies somewhere between monetary negotiations for the second film and the fact that Jon Favreau and the producers thought his acting was sub-par and many of his scenes had to be reshot.

Personally, I like Howard and probably like Cheadle a bit more but think they’re pretty much interchangeable for this part. I’m just bummed this distraction falls in the middle of what turned out to be one of the most surprisingly good comic book franchises to hit the big screen.

2. BATMAN BEGINS & THE DARK KNIGHT (Character: Rachel Dawes)

To further prove what great decision making skills she has, Katie Holmes begged to be let out of the much loved follow-up to Batman Begins to pursue other projects… and by other projects I mean Mad Money with Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah. Yeah… let that one sink in a beat!

Guess she hated her acting in Begins as much as we did. Truthfully, we all know Maggie Gyllenhaal is a better actor and that Holmes’ performance was wooden at best. Still, the part of Rachel Dawes was pretty shallow throughout both films and I would’ve liked Holmes to stay on for nothing more than continuity… and the chance to watch her blow up. Um, Spoiler Alert!

1. HARRY POTTER: THE FIRST ONES & THE LAST ONES (Character: Dumbledore)

Once again we have a no fault situation here. Simply, Richard Harris died before all of the films could be made and he was replaced by Michael Gambon who I typically like alot. However, Gambon lacks Harris’ compassion and Santa-like qualities that caused everybody to love Dumbledore like he was their Grandfather. Not to mention the calming, raspy voice. When Gambon first took over, I remember thinking, he made Dumbledore look like kind of a dick. He’s grown on me and has done a good job with the part but I’ll always prefer DD #1!

14 Responses to “TOP 5 MOST ANNOYING CASTING SWITCHES”

  1. I thought the fact that Gloria Foster and Mary Alice actually knew eachother, worked with eachother was pretty cool. You’d be hard-pressed to come up with a more fitting torch passing. And the should get a little leeway for just dropping Tank altogether, rather than replacing that guy when they fired him for stealing food from craft services (or so the story goes).

    Can’t believe no love for Michael Gambon.

  2. When I read the title of this article I thought I agreed with you but:

    5. As you say they didn’t have much choice. There was also a lot more wrong with the matrix sequels than the casting of the Oracle.

    4. Again you said it yourself, Jennifer is hardly in the first movie.

    3. This one is probably the most jarring for me. The two men play the character very differently.

    2. This is a difficult one, I would rather have seen Maggie Gyllenhaal do both movies. As noticeably different they are I find it hard to criticise a director for improving his cast.

    1. Only seen one of these movies.

    The biggie for me has to be Hannibal, as much as I love Julianne Moore she is not Clarice Starling, Jodie Foster was just too good to be replaced by anyone. On that subject not exactly sequels but I also prefer Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecktor. I am also in the minority but think Alec Baldwin is a better Jack Ryan than Harrison Ford.

  3. I ❤ you, Kai.

  4. I don’t mind them switching from Holmes to Gyllenhaal. Obviously, the latter is a big upgrade although I always thought the Rachel Dawes character was too minor to ever be memorable anyway.

  5. Great post! I hadn’t thought of some of those when I saw the post title, but definitely complained about all of them at the time.

  6. Neat, great idea for a post Kai!

    Totally agree that recast The Oracle in Revolutions acting was shockingly cold and very bland compared to the Foster’s performance.
    But you’re right, they really didn’t have a choice. RIP Gloria Foster like the line you so eloquently say in Reloaded “for what it’s worth, you’ve made a believer out of me”

    But I’m really pissed off about Rachel Dawes and saw no reason why Nolan would cast someone so untalented in Begins (pressure from scientologists maybe?)

    Howard is great in Hustle & Flow and I too like him as an actor but price hikes for a sequel is always a definite deal breaker…especially if the acting isn’t worth it. But if you can get a quality Cheadle for a lower price then that’s a win in my book:P

  7. Dude, you’re dead on with Dumbledore. Gambon doesn’t hold a candle to Harris. Was pretty happy with Gyllenhaal replacing Holmes though. Currently being forced to watch Dawson’s Creek and I’m just itching for someone to kick Joey in the fucking mouth. Horrible actress, no idea how she has a career.

  8. I’m thinking the losing of Jodie Foster in favor of Julianne Moore for Hannibal always hurt that film. I love me some Moore, but she was all wrong for that role – it just didn’t carry one bit. Same applies for the latest ‘The Mummy’ movie losing Weisz for Bello – another case of great actress, but it didn’t work.

  9. Univarn, to be fair… there was a lot more wrong with the newest Mummy movie than replacing Weisz for Bello.

    • No! That was the only thing wrong with that movie! That… and the whole plot, acting, dialogue, story, directing… but issue #1 = no Weisz!

  10. Bruce Wayne Says:

    Having Billy West replace Casey Kasem in Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. That was a travesty.

  11. hehe, Scooby Doo lols…
    yeah, have to say Kaiderman, im kinda with Fands on this list – they didnt have much choice with this stuff.
    i actually thought Katie Holmes was perfectly fine in Batman Begins. would have been interesting to see what Foster would have done with reprising Starling, but Hannibal is still a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.
    Howard and Cheadle (two terrific actors when at their best) were both so criminally underused in the iron man movies it didnt matter who played the role.

    • I’m not saying these are the worst ever. These are the most annoying to me. I realize, as I said in the post, they had no choice with several… it’s just that, since I love these franchises, it bothers me everytime I watch to see the unfortunate lack of continuity!

  12. For having the title of “top 5 most annoying switches,” you sure don’t seem all that annoyed by any of these…

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