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 194. Posted by fanboy3

    on 15 Mar 2012 14:35

    The Seven Directed by Tarentino
    Chris - Ralph Fiennes
    Vin - Bruce Willis
    Harry Luck - Jack Nicholson
    Bernardo - Benicio Edl Toro
    Lee - Matthew McConaughey
    Britt - Brad Pitt
    Chico - Antonio Banderas
    Calvera - Kevin Spacey
    Obviously all at the correct ages for the roles

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  • Comment number 193. Posted by Charmingman93

    on 8 Mar 2012 00:11

    I would have replaced Ed Norton in the incredible Hulk, yes a fine actor but what was he doing in that film? It was just a bog-standard comic book film. They could have put Mark Wahlberg in it, made him look and act slightly weaker than he looks and he'd look like Bruce Banner for sure, at least from what I remember from pictures of the comics also he knows how to act in embarrassing action flicks better than Norton, I could be wrong, but how about you Mark?

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  • Comment number 192. Posted by Sam Kalbag

    on 29 Feb 2012 16:41

    Dear Dr Kermode or Mr Nixon,

    Being a big watcher of films I hate to follow a familiar theme of this thread but I fear I am.

    I've never been fully convinced by some of the cast members of Harry Potter probably because I'm devoted to the books so I'm a bit picky. Ralph Fiennes isn't what I had pictured when seeing the dark Lord in my head. I would have loved Jeremy Irons to play the part, With his ability to be creepy distant and menacing all at the same time.

    Even know Alan Rickman is brilliant he is not age-appropriate for the part. Snape was supposed to be 37 when he died. But I suppose I can let it go, to a certain extent Because he is wonderful.

    I would loved there to have been a different screenplay writer for the last film the most important thread running through the entire series the cornerstone if you will, is if you want power you're not fit to seek it, those that don't seek power find they can wear it well. (Animal farm) power corrupts. the meeting at King's Cross station. Was a complete farce So much more needed to be said.

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  • Comment number 191. Posted by threadless

    on 24 Feb 2012 17:03

    Apocalypse Now is my favourite film of time. And I can admit Marlon Brando is rubbish in it. If I could recast it, if I had a time machine and could choose anyone in history? I would choose Ralph Fiennes, that performance in Coriolanus was amazing and exactly what Col. Kurtz should have been. Plus the bald bloody look really suits him.

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  • Comment number 190. Posted by aberis

    on 21 Feb 2012 10:56

    OK, a little late to the party on this I know; however I would love to see a remake of "Forbidden Planet". It did take me a while to think about the cast, more to make it 'age appropriate' more than anything else; let's face it, a captain of a space vessel is unlikely to be a 20 something kid ... So came up with these names:

    Cmdr Adams - Ian Somerhalder
    Lt. Farman (1st officer) - Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Cook - Jamie Campbell Bower
    Altaira Morbius - Emily Blunt
    Dr Morbius - Christopher Walken (first though of Gary Oldman, but Walken has the extra years to make him more suitable)

    As for a director, that could be either Kenneth Branagh, for the more classical "Tempest" interpretation, or Alex Proyas for a daker more sinister look at the story.

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  • Comment number 189. Posted by leahb83

    on 21 Feb 2012 00:26

    Not that I think they should remake East of Eden but *if* someone did then I'd like to see Edward Norton (or maybe John Simm?) as Cal - although I'm not sure anyone could carry off the scene where Cal is trying to give the money to his father as well as James Dean.

    I can't decide the rest of the cast as I can't get the ages of the actors right. I think I'd opt for Christopher Plummer as Adam but I quite fancy Sandra Bullock for Cal's mother. Reese Witherspoon would be the obvious Hollywood choice for Abra but I'd hate that - I'd rather have Natalie Portman. I have no idea who to cast as Aron - James McAvoy maybe? This is impossible...

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  • Comment number 188. Posted by inthebasement

    on 20 Feb 2012 21:34

    The Last Waltz re-cast as fiction – wonderful. You could have fun casting all the heavyweights in that movie, but The Band provide the heart and narrative and the interview / anecdotal scenes with the players are as great as the music. Contemporary casting for The Band –

    Rick Danko – Vincent Gallo
    Robbie Robertson – Ralph Fiennes
    Levon Helm – Billy Bob Thorton
    Richard Manuel – Bill Murray
    Garth Hudson – Toby Jones

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  • Comment number 187. Posted by ColonelCarnage

    on 20 Feb 2012 20:35

    Also Dr. K, this new question reminds of a similar game that Duncan 'The Artist Formerly Known As Zowie Bowie' Jones put forward on his Twitter page.

    The idea was to pick the stars of two films, and get them to swap roles. An example would be switching it around so that Michael Fassbender was in Inception, and Cillian Murphy was in X-Men: First Class.

    Thought it was a very interesting game at the time. I believe I suggested that you could swap Johnny Depp in The Tourist with Mickey Rourke in Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man.

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  • Comment number 186. Posted by ColonelCarnage

    on 20 Feb 2012 20:23

    I had also thought about this with Hamlet (though not with The Muppets). I wondered if you took the same approach as Kenneth Branagh did with his Hamlet, by doing the whole text and getting a brand-new star-studded cast in even the smallest of roles, then how would it work.

    For example, you could have Christian Bale or someone similar as Hamlet (perhaps Michael Sheen seeing as he played him on stage recently), then maybe Juno Temple for Ophelia, Emily Watson for Gertrude and, perhaps best of all, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

    When it comes to Polonius and Claudius you could have real fun. Any two from 'Sir' Ben Kingsley, 'Sir' Anthony Hopkins, Jeremy Irons and 'Sir' Sean Connery (if he could be forced out of retirement) would fit the bill. Then you could draft in Al Pacino as The Player King, Clive Owen as Fortinbras, Vincent Cassel as Reynaldo and brings back good old Derek Jacobi as The English Ambassador.

    That being said, this may go against the idea of the topic, as I think the cast in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet were universally excellent, but when it comes to Hamlet it is always interesting to see how other actors might handle it.

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  • Comment number 185. Posted by BlackMarlin

    on 20 Feb 2012 14:11

    Not my favourite film - as someone has already pointed out, the casting is part of what makes our favourite films our favourites - but certainly a very good one that could be further improved with some savvy recasting: The Eagle Has Landed. Replace Michael Caine with Michael Fassbender; Donald Sutherland with James Nesbitt (a *Northern* Irish accent puts a whole new spin on things); Robert Duvall with Viggo Mortenson; Anthony Quayle with Kenneth Brannagh; Donald Pleasance with Sir Ben Kingsley; Jean Marsh with Kristen Scott Thomas; John Standing with Hugh Bonneville (for irony's sake if nothing else); Jenny Agutter with Sophia Myles; Larry Hagman with Phillip Seymour Hoffman (no, seriously); and Treat Williams with Ryan Gosling.

    Obviously such a cast would blow quite a lot of your budget, but still.....

    And on a tangential note, remember when the internet was abuzz with rumours of villains for Nolan's third Batman movie? I still think Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin and David Tennant as the Riddler are brilliant casting ideas...

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