John Cusack is quirky, lovable, and pudgy, which is why he’s cast as the romantic lead in rom-coms like “Say Anything” or “High Fidelity.” But casting him as one of the most unpopular presidents in recent history was a big misstep for the casting directors of “The Butler,” which features him in a terrible prosthetic nose which distracts from everything else on the screen and neither looks nor sounds anything like the thirty-seventh president.
Lee Daniels directed “The Butler,” and he also miscasts Cusack as a murderous maniac in another one of his films, “The Paperboy.”
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in Jobs
Wow, what a surprise, Ashton Kutcher wasn't a great casting choice. Who could have guessed? Sometimes comedic actors switch to dramatic roles and succeed, such as Tom Hanks. Sometimes they don't, such as Kutcher. And anyone who thought that Kelso from That '70s Show would do well as the man who invented culture-shifting tech such as the personal computer, the iPod, and the iPhone, needs to get their dome checked.
From "Dude, Where's My Car" to this, it just isn't a career jump that a lot of people think works. If you're interested in Steve but want a better actor, check out Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender.
Keanu Reeves as Johnathan Harker in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Keanu Reeves has had some bad performances to his name, but let's forget about "Point Break" for now. We're talking about Bram Stoker's "Dracula," directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola is certainly not a slouch at picking the perfect actors, and as beloved as Reeves is now, this was a misstep. Johnathon Harker is an Englishman, and Reeves is not, which led to a stilted and unnatural accent out of the actor.
Coppola has said that he wanted to do it perfectly and focused too hard, so the accent became unreal. He also had unnatural reactions and affectations.
Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie in Carrie
The first problem was most people didn't think a Carrie remake was necessary, but of course, this is Hollywood – they think we're goldfish the way they remake things. The other problem with the remake was the lead actress, CGM, who is beautiful. Yes, for this film, that's a knock. In King's original – and first – novel, Carrie is a doughy, pasty, stringy-haired, pimply outcast who is bullied relentlessly.
Moretz is pretty, has beautiful gold curls, and seems more like a bully than the bullied. She may be able to act awkward, but it just doesn't strike right, even after the pig blood falls.
Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger
Nothing beats Johnny Depp as an interesting character, but this casting choice was a bit too interesting for most people. "The Lone Ranger" was a huge box office bomb for Disney, losing them almost two hundred million dollars, and Depp's casting was a primary issue. Tonto is a Native American character, and it would have been a great way for a Native American actor to show his skills. Instead, we got Captain Sparrow – and his costume for the film also raised some eyebrows.
Depp's acting wasn't the problem, but his "redface" is the leading storyline when most people talk about this movie.