Jesse Eisenberg And Other Controversial Casting Choices That Have Worked


When Warner Brothers announced last week that Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg had been signed to play Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman/Batman film fanboys immediately started complaining.  They all ready had strong opinions about the casting of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the same film, and now with what they consider to be a weak choice for one of the villains some are all ready casting aside the film and calling it a disaster.  With Christopher Nolan producing the Zack Snyder directed flick however, you’d think they’d give the movie a little bit more leeway.  After all, Nolan had made a controversial choice of actor’s for his 2008 film The Dark Knight, and once the movie his the theater everyone was singing his praises.

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight – When it was announced that Christopher Nolan had signed Heather Ledger to play the Joker everyone let out a collective sigh and thought the movie was destined for disaster.  A year later when the movie was released everyone was calling the choice one of the best in a long time.  Not only did Ledger play one of the best villains in the last 20 years of movies, but he won an Academy Award as well.

Tom Cruise in Interview With The Vampire – Anne Rice originally wrote her 1976 novel with Rutger Hauer in mind to play her iconic character of Lestat.  By the time the book was turned into a movie however, Rutger was too old for the role.  The author was very vocal when Tom Cruise was hired for the role, and let everyone know how disappointed she was and how she didn’t think Cruise would be able to do the role justice.  She wasn’t alone.  Fans were upset with the casting choice as well.  After Rice attended a screening however she retracted her statements, and even went so far as to write Cruise a letter of apology.  Both Rice and her fans were very pleased with Cruise’s performance.

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games – In the Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen is younger than Jennifer Lawrence and has a much different complexion and build.  Fans of the young adult post-apocalyptic series were upset that the studio didn’t cast someone who fit the role better, but their griping stopped once the first movie hit theaters in 2012.  Since the first movie hit theaters JLaw has become a bona fide superstar, even winning an Academy Award in 2013 and grabbing a third nomination in 2014.

Hugh Jackman in the X-Men series – Comic book fans were upset with the last minute casting of Hugh Jackman in 2000’s X-Men movie.  After all the actor is Australian, not Canadian like his counterpart, and he stands 6’3, a whole foot taller than the character.  After seeing him make the character his own however, the complaining stopped.  Jackman now holds the record for playing the same comic book character the most.  As for 2013 he’s played Wolverine in 6 different films, and is set to reprise his role for a seventh time in this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Robert Pattinson In The Twilight Series – When Robert Pattinson was cast as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie most people didn’t know who he was, but that didn’t stop fans of the series voicing their concerns and saying he wasn’t right for the role.  Pattinson himself once joked that the fans felt “unanimous unhappiness,” towards his casting.  Looking back now, after the huge success that Twilight became at the theater, those same fans probably regret ever opening their mouth.

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