When Ben Affleck was recently announced as the next actor in line to play the Caped Crusader, the internet exploded with fan outrage. Without actually knowing what the latest rendition of Batman will look like, or, seeing any footage of Affleck in the role to fairly assess his performance, Bat-fans are already crying for Affleck to be removed from the role.
While the most reasonable thing to do would be to reserve judgment until we actually see Affleck’s performance, the memories of his horrendous turn in Daredevil still linger in the minds of comic book fans who have been quick to condemn what they perceive to be a stupendously bad casting decision.
Even though I will wait to until I see the final product to ultimately judge whether the studio heads made a good or bad call, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at films where one bad casting decision spoiled the whole affair: 10 awful casting decisions that spoiled an entire movie…
10. Gary Oldman (Tiptoes)
The makers of 2003 s Tiptoes clearly had their hearts in the right place when they made the feature, intending to create a movie that promoted tolerance and understanding of little people, but they shot themselves in the foot when they made the mind-boggling decision to cast Gary Oldman, a man of non-diminutive stature, as a little person in the starring role. To add insult to injury, the cast contains a plethora of famous little person actors, including Peter Dinklage, who were more than capable of playing the lead role. Why nobody involved in the picture would not see how offensive this scenario was remains a mystery.
Things did not fare well for the misbegotten feature; after a poorly received screening at the Sundance Film Festival, Tiptoes was quickly released straight to DVD and remains a cautionary example of how misguided casting can torpedo a movie’s chances at the box office.
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