Will This New Dracula Feature A Miscast As Bad As Keanu? Plus, Ten Other Casting Disasters
Dracula Untold arrives in theaters tomorrow. To be clear, there have been so many failed attempts at bringing the ultimate undead badass to the big screen (Dracula 2000, anyone?) that it makes it hard to get psyched. But if one thing stood out in Francis Ford Coppola’s attempt in 1992, it was how much Keanu Reeves did not fit the role of the dutiful love of the damsel in distress. The movie survived, but Keanu (as much as we love a good Keanu movie) almost took it down. I don’t blame him though… I blame casting.
Every time you enter a movie theatre you’re asked to accept the unreal as real for the purpose of the story you’re about to watch. It’s called suspension of disbelief, and for the most part this tacit agreement between you and the filmmaker works quite well.
However, there are some times when filmmakers make it impossible for you to lose yourself in the worlds they’ve created by casting the wrong actor in a principle role. Think of John Wayne as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror or Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone in The Godfather III. The very presence of these actors is so jarring that it draws you out of the movie and reminds you that you’re surrounded by strangers in a germ-filled room that may or may not be crawling with bedbugs.
It’s an unsettling experience and it happens more often than you may think. Here are 11 instances in which a horribly miscast actor nearly ruined the movie they appeared in.