Steve Coogan plays porn king Paul Raymond in The Look Of Love, released this week. It's an inspired bit of casting - who would you cast to play who in an ideal world and why?

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  • Comment number 186. Posted by Kristian

    on 10 May 2013 05:03

    To #8 if it hasn't already been mentioned, Charlie Hunnam from sons of anarchy would be the obvious choice for Cobain. I mean, come on.

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  • Comment number 185. Posted by dan-ncity

    on 5 May 2013 20:40

    I think everyone would agree that Daniel Day-Lewis playing Captain Ahab would be legendary. Also you'd have to get Paul Thomas Anderson to direct.

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  • Comment number 184. Posted by jwebb66

    on 4 May 2013 11:23

    Years ago I heard a rumour that they were making a Stones film based on on their early 70s excesses and Mick and Keith were to be played by Willem Dafoe and Daniel Day Lewis, respectively. a brilliant fit. never happened though.

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  • Comment number 183. Posted by acidskiffle

    on 3 May 2013 19:51

    I think some of the finest casting like this can be seen with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in Invictus, Will Smith as Mohammed Ali or Benecio Del Toro as Che Guevara.

    As a Nirvana fan, I'd been very interested in a Cobain biopic. Many candidates to play KC, I think Ryan Gosling in terms of performance but perhaps lacks physical likeness. Someone mentioned Elijah Wood (good shout), but I think they've got the wrong Hobbit. Dominic Monaghan for me. Ultimately though, I would have to say that had it ever been possible Heath Ledger would have been my choice for Cobain.

    http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/117/687d0f80f4189395c6e989d5edb89c29/l.jpg

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  • Comment number 182. Posted by seronie

    on 2 May 2013 19:54

    Not to slate everyone but some of these choices are bizarre! H. Macy as Flanders and Gainsbourg as Patti Smith I like though.

    For me, if Blanchett can do a mean Bob Dylan, it's enough for me to want her to do the redoubtable PJ Harvey in a biopic.

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  • Comment number 181. Posted by Bobby86

    on 1 May 2013 06:36

    Three suggestions:

    1. It is a common assumption (with which I happen to agree) that one of the great missed tricks in post-war British cinema was that Oliver Reed was never cast as James Bond when Sean Connery left the franchise. Moreso than Connery or Craig, Reed for me totally embodies the image of 007: handsome, debonair, witty, lustful, and ferociously charismatic. Just think of the heights he would've taken OHMSS to, and instead we ended up with whatsisname.

    2. Although I liked Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in Django Unchained, I couldn't help but imagine what Matthew McConaughey would've done with the role - his natural Texan charm combined with the scary dark side that was brought out in Killer Joe would've been very effective, I feel.

    3. Daniel Day Lewis as Obama, if he can get the ears right :-)

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  • Comment number 180. Posted by Ciaran

    on 30 Apr 2013 21:34

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Bill Hicks. Put some weight on him and it's him, don't know if he could deliver the same level of scathing angst but he's a decent actor so it's worth a shot..

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  • Comment number 179. Posted by Tom

    on 29 Apr 2013 18:09

    Gary Oldman as Albert Einstein. It just seems right.

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  • Comment number 178. Posted by Gaucho

    on 29 Apr 2013 11:48

    Marion Cotillard as Anita Pallenberg. She can switch between the sincere emotion and edgy spontaneity that the role would require.

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  • Comment number 177. Posted by Gort Jr

    on 28 Apr 2013 21:48

    Perfect casting? Clearly Leslie Phillips should have been the one to play Jesus Christ. I'm particularly thinking of the time Big J went into the wilderness to fast and pray but then was tempted by Satan.
    "Satan! Well hello. You look... tempting tonight. Have you done something with your hair? I like that dress. Ding dong!"
    Of course I'm translating from the original Greek; they always seem to get that bit wrong.

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