Making movies is a big business. Loads of money are spent even before the cameras start to roll.
One of the biggest decisions is who will appear in the movie? Big names often bring big audiences at the box office, but there's always an outside chance that the big name will turn out to be terrible in the role. That's the case of these casting disasters. Every single one of them would have felt like a no-brainer when they were writing the contracts—but in the end, they just weren't right for the roles.
Check out these terrible casting choices.
1. Nicolas Cage Could Have Been Aragorn
Peter Jackson was very keen for Nicolas Cage to play Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. Can you imagine just how awful that would have been?
2. Tom Cruise As Jack Reacher
The Reacher movies aren't terrible, but they also don't stay too true to the real "Jack Reacher." That's because Tom Cruise is short and Jack Reacher, in the books, is a giant.
Given that all the stories revolve around his size, Tom is an epic fail.
3. Maria Bello Stepping Into Rachel Weisz's Shoes
The Mummy 3 was a terrible movie and might best have been left unmade completely—but Maria Bello was a terrible replacement for Rachel Weisz and really dragged things down.
4. John Wayne As Genghis Khan
In The Conqueror, John Wayne is cast as the Mongol Emperor. He was desperate for the part, but his actual performance is regarded by critics as one of the worst pieces of casting in history.
5. Mickey Rooney As Mr. Yunioshi
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a great film—but not thanks to Mickey Rooney's terrible casting as Mr. Yunioshi, the Japanese neighbor. Today this would be considered white washing.
6. Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor
Gene Hackman was a classic Lex Luthor, Jesse Eisenberg was not. He appears to have been given the role in Batman vs Superman mainly because he was in Breaking Bad. He probably should have stayed there.
7. Pierce Brosnan In "Mamma Mia!"
You'd think that the first thing you'd look for in the cast of a musical was the ability to sing, right? Wrong. Pierce Brosnan clearly can't sing and still made it into Mamma Mia!
8. Ryan Reynolds As Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds has suffered for his art. All he ever wanted was to make Deadpool. To get there, though, he had to take a lot of parts he didn't want, like Green Lantern. It showed.
9. Johnny Depp In "Fantastic Beasts"
Sometimes the plot is so crazy that Johnny Depp's trademark lunacy adds very little to a movie. That's what happened with his role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts.
10. George Clooney As Batman
Despite facing some tough competition in the form of Val Kilmer, George Clooney remains the most stinky Batman of all time. What was he thinking?
11. Jennifer Garner As Elektra
We may be being unfair to Jennifer Garner here. Elektra was such a dismal movie that anybody in the role might be seen as miscast.
12. Shia LaBeouf As Indiana Jones
How anybody thought that you might get away with replacing Harrison Ford with Shia LeBeouf—we'll never, ever know. He should have stayed with Transformers.
13. Keanu Reeves In "Dracula"
We love Keanu and his usual roles are brilliant, but he felt so completely intellectually outclassed in this movie that we felt embarrassed for him.
14. Russell Crowe In "Les Miserables"
Javert is a tortured figure in the book and a central character to the stage show—so why on earth did they pick an actor who couldn't sing to play him in the movie?
We'll never know, but Russell Crowe's performance made us sad for all the wrong reasons in Les Miserables.
15. Kevin Costner as Robin Hood
At no point in the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves does Costner even come close to getting an English accent right. Alan Rickman carried this one single handed as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
It just goes to show that even the best actors can find themselves in the wrong role at times—just like the rest of us.
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