This list features 1o of the craziest casting choices …
From Tom Cruise in Valkyrie to John Travolta in Urban Cowboy there are some interesting choices on this list.
What do you think? Have we missed someone?
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1. Sean Connery as Lithuanian born, Soviet submarine captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990). Did no one in the casting department notice his thick Scottish Brogue? It reminds me of the heady days of Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin when the world trembled at the sound of our rockets.
2. Angelina Jolie as Olympias, the mother of ALEXANDER (2004). It’s fine in the beginning of the film when Alexander is a boy, but when he grows up into Colin Farrell who is only one year younger than Jolie who hasn’t aged, it’s just silly. Why Olympias had a Russian (?) accent is a bit of a head scratcher as well.
3. Who could forget all-American actor John Wayne’s stunningly realistic portrayal as the emperor of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan in THE CONQUEROR (1956)?
4. Nick Nolte as Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president in JEFFERSON IN PARIS (1995). Yeah, I’ll bet ya didn’t know about this one. Few people saw it. Some people have a face and quality suited for period drama. Others don’t. Nolte works best post-1940.
5. Keanu Reeves innnnn…. let’s go with Bram Stoker’s DRACULA (1992). Behold, Jonathan Harker.
6. John Travolta, an URBAN COWBOY (1980)? “What? Where? I’m so confused!”
7. Nicolas Cage in the title role of CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN (2001).
I kept waiting for him to tell Penelope Cruz to “put the bunny back in the box.”
8. Speaking of totally unbelievable, Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in VALKYRIE (2008).
9. One of these things is not like the others. Can you tell which one it is? I’ll give you a hint. It’s Jack Lemmon as Marcellus on the platform in Act I of Kenneth Branagh’s HAMLET (1996).
10. These guys. Silverstone, Clooney and O’Donnell in BATMAN & ROBIN (1997). Silverstone won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress while Clooney and O’Donnell got the nomination but not the win for the Razzie Worst Screen Couple. The film as a whole received noms for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture, and Razzie noms for Worst Sequel and Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property.