We Reimagined 8 Controversial Casting Decisions in Movies

10 months ago

It is impossible for an actor to look exactly like the person they are portraying, but sometimes the casting choice is so controversial that even make-up artists cannot make the 2 people look alike. We used AI to reimagine what certain actors would look like portraying real-life figures.

Robert Pattinson played Salvador Dali in Little Ashes, but Adrien Brody would’ve been a better fit.

Courtesy Everett Collection/East News, © Little Ashes / APT Films and co-producers

Rami Malek played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, but Sacha Baron Cohen would’ve been a better fit.

GP/MPI/Capital Pictures/Capital Pictures/East News, © Bohemian Rhapsody / Twentieth Century Fox and co-producers

Jessica Lange was Joan Crawford in Feud, but Faye Dunaway would’ve been a better fit.

Courtesy Everett Collection / East News, © Feud / Plan B Entertainment and co-producers

Aaron Taylor-Johnson played John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, but Arthur Darvill would’ve been a better fit.

Petersham Pictures / MGM/Collection Christophel/East News, © Nowhere Boy / Film4 and co-producers

Julia Roberts was Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich, but Sarah Paulson would’ve been a better fit.

Robin Williams played Patch Adams in Patch Adams, but Sam Elliot would’ve been a better fit.

Michael Shannon played Elvis Presley in Elvis and Nixon, but Miles Teller would’ve been a better fit.

Image supplied by Capital Pictures/EAST NEWS, © Elvis & Nixon / Amazon Studios and co-producers

Beyoncé played Etta James in Cadillac Records, but Gabrielle Union would’ve been a better fit.

Preview photo credit Image supplied by Capital Pictures/EAST NEWS, Elvis & Nixon / Amazon Studios and co-producers


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I feel like I would like to know the reasons why the actors who played the roles were chosen to begin with. Such as, did it have anything to do with signing abilities for some of these roles, and other talent specific skills, before I make an absolute decision. I could go either way on a few of the choices and would only be a matter of costing more or less money for the role.


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