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Friday 10 February 2012, 16:32

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I posted recently asking you to nominate the worst performance by an actor in a really good film. The response was overwhelming. Here I pick out some of your suggestions and ask a brand new question on the subject of casting.

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    Comment number 1.

    Finding a cast around my faviourite movie, 'The Fly' by David Cronenberg is a hard feat but I think I've managed it. Replacing Jeff Goldblum I'd insert Kevin Bacon. Bacon to me can manage that fine line between hero and villain which is essentially what Brundlefly is, teetering perfectly on both sides. After watching Drive I'd have Carey Mulligan represent Geena Davis as after seeing her reaction the brilliant portrayed elevator scene, I believe she could pull it off naturally. As for John Getz? I'd personally like to see Jeremy Irons in that role as he is an actor who can really show a seedy character.

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    Comment number 2.

    Imagine Kingdom of heaven if Heath Ledger had been cast instead of Orloondo Bland.

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    Comment number 3.

    Seeing as A Clockwork Orange is my all-time favourite film (two places above the 1992 Dracula), I'd recast the film with the following actors I can think of, although some may find my choice perhaps a little odd,

    Matt Smith-Alex DeLarge
    Russell Tovey-Dim
    Stephen Fry-P.R. Deltoid
    John Hurt-Mr. Alexander

    For Matt Smith as Alex, I don't know why I thought of him, perhaps because he looks a little bit like a young Malcolm McDowell, maybe because I'd like to see Smith portraying other types of characters, or because a demented part of me wants to see the wacky Doctor Who engaging in ultra-violence to the sound of the old Ludwig Van.
    As for Stephen Fry, I think his camp but still hilarious sense of humour somehow reminds me of Aubrey Morris in the original film and just how enjoyably funny he was in the film.

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    Comment number 4.

    I heard recently that they're looking at re-making The Princess Bride with Paul Rudd as Westley. This sounds like the worst recasting possible. I'm sure this discussion will yield some very interesting casting choices but when it comes to remaking classic films Hollywood seems really bad at this game.

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    Comment number 5.

    As much as I love 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', it's nothing like the novel. I'd love to re-make it as a 30's film starring Jean Harlow as Holly. She's much closer to the character in the book: blonde, sassy and not afraid to use her sexuality. And George Peppard's character I would recast with one of her on-screen partners- a young Jimmy Stewart. He could have pulled off the bewildered, naive writer brilliantly!


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