12 Most Miscast Actors in Movie History

It takes a lot of magic to make a good movie. It requires a good script, an insightful director, great art direction, and of course, a stellar cast. Sometimes, one actor just doesn’t seem to fit their role, which can throw off the chemistry of the entire film. Here are 12 actors who critics and audiences agree were miscast in famous films.

Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Hayden Christensen, along with Jake Lloyd — who played young Anakin in The Phantom Menace — and the infamous Jar-Jar Binks, are often blamed for the disastrous Star Wars prequel trilogy when the fault should really lie with writer and creator George Lucas.

However, we do have to agree that Christensen was horribly miscast as Anakin Skywalker. His emotionless delivery of already bad lines and his deadpan stares at the camera just made us uncomfortable and not in the good way that Adam Driver made us feel with his portrayal of Kylo Ren.

Luckily, Lucas sold off the franchise to Disney, which redeemed the film series with the most recent Star Wars installments, The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

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Jesse Eisenberg in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Although Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was panned for a number of reasons, one of biggest complaints was that Jesse Eisenberg was wrongfully cast in the role of the movie’s villain, Lex Luthor.


Fans complained that Eisenberg was too young, and too weak to portray the power-mad, genius owner of LexCorp. Plus, it didn’t help that Eisenberg portrayed Luthor like the second coming of Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. His quirky chuckles and silly faces didn’t do Superman’s archenemy justice.

Director Zack Snyder later revealed that he nearly cast Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston in the role of Lex Luthor leaving audiences longing for what could have been.

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Jack Black in King Kong

There was really no need to remake the timeless 1932 adventure film King Kong, but Hollywood attempted to do it anyway. Twice.

However, in 2005, director Peter Jackson took it a little too far when he gave the role of the brash yet suave filmmaker Carl Denham, originally played by Robert Armstrong, to goofy character actor Jack Black. Black lacked the gravitas required for the part of a tortured genius that he claimed to have modelled on Orson Welles. Black had a long time desire to work with Jackson, saying he “would’ve come and interviewed for Turds on Ice if [Peter Jackson] was directing it.” We wonder if he ever wishes that he’d held out for that role instead.

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