After “Harry Potter”, Emma Watson had her pick of roles, and she…didn’t pick very well. She made headlines as the lead in the live-action (mostly) reboot of “Beauty and the Beast,” but not all of those headlines had positive things to say.
Her acting in the movie was far below her performances as Hermione Granger, her singing voice had to be redubbed, and many blasted Disney for using her just to draw in the Potter fandom. Going with a lesser-known actress that had more musical training might have produced a better movie, but it’s become clear that’s not what Disney is trying to do.
Don Cheadle as War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies
Don Cheadle is a storied actor who knows how to get the job done but stepping in to replace Terrence Howard as James Rhodes wasn't the right choice. Viewers said that he didn't seem right as a military or air force member, and his chemistry with Robert Downy Jr. was noticeably lacking compared to Howard.
You were able to buy that Howard and Downey had a relationship – they had been friends for a while. But, for some reason, that same element was missing once Cheadle stepped in.
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody
The dear, departed Freddie Mercury oozed confidence, burst with charisma, and was absolutely chock-full of an undeniable persona. Unfortunately, none of those things are true for Rami Malek. The big problem is it's true for very few people. Rami Malek just falls into the ninety-nine percent of people that can't stand up to the unyielding force that was Mercury.
He had "the look" mostly down, but reaching Freddie's charisma? Sorry, Malek, you just didn't fit the bill. One viewer said a two-minute interview with Mercury had more charm than the entire movie.
Gerard Butler as Erik, The Phantom, in The Phantom of the Opera
You'd think that while casting for a musical – and such a famous musical at that – singing talent would be at the top of the list when it comes to requirements. But, on the other hand, we have Gerard Butler as the Phantom in the 2004 adaptation of the famous musical.
Butler is handsome (which, now that we think about it, might not be the best choice for this character), and he has plenty of acting ability, but being a maniacal singer just didn't fit into his wheelhouse.
Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake/Riot in Venom
The expansion of the Spider-Man universe starring Tom Hardy had a couple of things going for it, but the main villain wasn't one of them. Riz Ahmed plays Carlton Drake, and a lot of people just couldn't buy it.
He might not have been the worst part of the movie – it's not the best flick in Tom Hardy's catalog, that's for sure, but his performance didn't help the movie much. There's also a fact that Ahmed had to act opposite Hardy, someone with far more experience and far stronger acting abilities.