Have a look at these 19 film castings that caused a social media storm
We all love great movies, and such movies not only are the ones that have creative and unique storylines, but also impeccable castings. It is the combination of these two that usually make a film great, and loved by the audiences and the critics alike.
However, there have been instances when a casting decision has left social media infuriating. Well, it is not really a pretty scene a filmmaker wants to see. In this article, we have compiled a list of instances when the filmmaker’s casting decisions were met with a social media storm. Let’s check out these nineteen instances below.
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Even though Redmayne ended up earning himself an Oscar nomination for his role in The Danish Girl where he portrays a transgender woman, the film initially faced severe backlash from the fans around the globe because a cisgender actor was cast for the role.
Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver
Jodie Foster played the role of a twelve-year-old girl who has left her home behind and partook sexual intimacy in lieu of money. There have been roles that have showcased a similar character before, but what infuriated the fans this time was the fact that the character in question, as well as the actor, both were only twelve years of age!
Emma Stone, Aloha
Aloha hit the theatres in the year 2015, and when the audiences were revealed that it was Emma Stone who was playing the titular role of Aloha, they were left upset and infuriated over the choice. The reason behind backlash was the fact that Aloha played two sides – one had a Chinese descent while the other one had a Hawaiian one.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Prince of Persia
A notable filmmaker went on record saying that the main lead in the Prince of Persia was supposed to land to someone who had Persian roots. Instead, it went to Jake Gyllenhaal, and the fact that he is not a Persian was quite rightly an insult to the Persians. The actor also had to face severe backlash because he did take on the role in the end.
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Another case of a cisgender playing a transgender in a movie, Jared Leto and the movie producers were severely criticized on various social media platforms. The fans felt that a cisgender cannot possibly understand or relate to a transgender, and therefore, isn’t the right fit for the role.
Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger
Even though Johnny Depp claimed in an interview that he had a little native American ancestry, fans were far from pleased when he took on the role of Tonto, who accompanies the Lone Ranger as his Native American partner.
Zoe Saldana, Nina
When Zoe Saldana was cast to play Nina Simone, a real-life legend in a movie titled Nina, the actress faced a lot of criticism from the fans who accused her of using a prosthetic nose and also colored her skin in order to look darker. The filmmakers were severely criticized as well.
Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra
In 1963 classic, Elizabeth Taylor faced severe criticism from the public for portraying the titular role, as people felt that the casting wasn’t appropriate. Cleopatra was of a mixed-race, so casting Taylor for the role was racially insensitive according to quite a lot of people.
Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
Based on a real-life story, A Mighty Heart revolves around Mariane Pearl, who is of an Afro-Cuban and Dutch heritage and was born in France. However, when Angelina Jolie, a white woman was cast for this role, public was left fuming, as it was insulting to the people of color. According to the public, a woman of color should have been a better choice for the role.
Michael Keaton, Batman
Michael Keaton was heavily criticized by the comic book fans when he donned the role of Batman, as they felt a comedian donning the bat costume was an insult to the legendary comic book character. There were well over fifty thousand fans who protested against his casting!
Daniel Craig, Casino Royale
People weren’t entirely satisfied and excited when they heard that Daniel Craig was cast to play James Bond in the movie Casino Royale. They felt that his overall physique and height meant that he wasn’t quite fit to play this iconic character. The movie received a lot of bad publicity, but ended up doing well in the box office.
Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
The fans were left fuming when they saw Anne Hathaway donning the role of Catwoman, Selina Kyle, and the major reason behind this was that audiences believed she looked horrible in the Catwoman suit. Nolan also faced quite a bit of backlash, but the movie ended up doing really well on the box office and is considered a classic now.
Robert Pattinson, Twilight
Not many know that Robert Pattinson’s role in the Twilight saga wasn’t really an instant success. People felt that he was always made to look like a good boy in the roles he had played earlier, and so the vampire character should have been more exciting. The audiences were left unsatisfied, but Robert in this role ultimately ended up as one of the most amazing onscreen characters.
Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice
Based on the novel by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice was adapted for the screen and released in the year 2005. However, instead of getting praised, the movie did end up getting criticized as Keira Knightley ended up playing the role of Elizabeth Bennet when she replaced Jennifer Ehle who was cast originally for the same role.
Matthew Macfadyen, Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice didn’t just have one casting controversy, but two! Colin Firth was originally cast for a character that was supposed to be more loveable land romantic, but fans did not end up liking his performance one bit as they felt he didn’t play his role to perfection, and should have been replaced by someone else.
Vivien Leigh, Gone With The Wind
Fans were left upset when Vivien Leigh was cast for the role of a southern belle in Gone With The Wind. The only issue public had with her casting was the fact that she was a British actress, and didn’t quite fit the role to perfection.
Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones’s Diary
In another case of a British actress playing a Southern character, Zellweger was criticized a lot, as the public was left fuming. The fact that a British actress was allowed to play a Texas-born girl didn’t quite sit up well with the audiences and faced heavy backlash.
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Fans weren’t really satisfied with the casting of Jennifer Lawrence for playing the role of Katniss Everdeen, as she didn’t seem slim enough to portray the role. Thousands of fans even ended up signing a petition to not cast her in the future installments. However, it didn’t deter the filmmakers from casting her in the next installments and Lawrence was praised for her performance.
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Can you imagine the fact that Heath Ledger wasn’t really accepted by the comic book fans when he was cast for the role of iconic Joker? Well, if fans had their way, we would have missed out on one of the most memorable on-screen performances ever! The fans’ argument was that Heath Ledger was someone of a loveable and good-looking guy and him playing the role of Joker wouldn’t really bring any gravitas and charisma. Well, Ledger did prove all of them wrong and also ended up winning the Oscars for this iconic role.