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30th Jan '18 12:44:51 PM bt8257
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But sometimes, an actor who is completely different from the physical description shows up for the audition and nails the role. The casting directors throw the description out the window and hire this actor because of their performance.

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But sometimes, an actor who is who's completely different from the physical description shows up for the audition and nails the role. The casting directors throw the description out the window and hire this actor because of their performance.
30th Jan '18 12:34:10 PM bt8257
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->''"If you have a chance to have a great actor in the part, everything else is irrelevant. "''

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->''"If you have a chance to have a great actor in the part, everything else is irrelevant. "''



** Creator/DustinHoffman himself thought he was miscast as Benjamin. In the book, the character is an Aryan PrettyBoy, while Dustin was Jewish and also [[DawsonCasting 29 years old]] at the time of filming. Creator/RobertRedford was suggested for it, but director Mike Nichols thought that he did not possess the underdog quality that Benjamin needed. When he talked with Redford, Redford asked what he meant. Mike said "Well, let's put it this way, have you ever struck out with a girl?" Redford asked "What do you mean?" Nichols said, "That's precisely my point." According to WordOfGod, Dustin's age helped him "get rid of that self-loathing" that a lot of early twenties actors had.

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** Creator/DustinHoffman himself thought he was miscast as Benjamin. In the book, the character is an Aryan PrettyBoy, while Dustin was Jewish and also [[DawsonCasting 29 years old]] at the time of filming. Creator/RobertRedford was suggested for it, but director Mike Nichols thought that he did not possess the underdog quality that Benjamin needed. When he talked with Redford, Redford asked what he meant. Mike said "Well, let's put it this way, have you ever struck out with a girl?" Redford asked "What do you mean?" Nichols said, "That's precisely my point." According WordOfGod is that Dustin was chosen because he was far enough away from his early 20s to WordOfGod, Dustin's age helped him have an attitude about that time of his life, and "get rid of that self-loathing" that a lot of early twenties actors had.self-pity".
30th Jan '18 12:21:36 PM bt8257
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** Creator/DustinHoffman himself thought he was miscast as Benjamin. In the book, the character is an Aryan PrettyBoy, while Dustin was Jewish and also [[DawsonCasting 29 years old]] at the time of filming. Creator/RobertRedford was suggested for it, but director Mike Nichols thought that he did not possess the underdog quality that Benjamin needed. When he talked with Redford, Redford asked what he meant. Mike said "Well, let's put it this way, have you ever struck out with a girl?" Redford asked "What do you mean?" Nichols said, "That's precisely my point." According to WordOfGod, Dustin being thirty helped him "get rid of that self-loathing" that a lot of early twenties actors had.

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** Creator/DustinHoffman himself thought he was miscast as Benjamin. In the book, the character is an Aryan PrettyBoy, while Dustin was Jewish and also [[DawsonCasting 29 years old]] at the time of filming. Creator/RobertRedford was suggested for it, but director Mike Nichols thought that he did not possess the underdog quality that Benjamin needed. When he talked with Redford, Redford asked what he meant. Mike said "Well, let's put it this way, have you ever struck out with a girl?" Redford asked "What do you mean?" Nichols said, "That's precisely my point." According to WordOfGod, Dustin being thirty Dustin's age helped him "get rid of that self-loathing" that a lot of early twenties actors had.
30th Jan '18 12:19:44 PM bt8257
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** Creator/DustinHoffman himself thought he was miscast as Benjamin. In the book, the character is an Aryan PrettyBoy, while Dustin was Jewish and also [[DawsonCasting thirty years old]]. Robert Redford was suggested for it, but the director told him personally "could you see yourself striking out with a lady?" According to WordOfGod, Dustin being thirty helped him "get rid of that self-loathing" that a lot of early twenties actors had.
** To a lesser extent, Creator/AnnBancroft was only thirty six playing ''the'' MrsRobinson. Few would argue with her iconic performance.

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** Creator/DustinHoffman himself thought he was miscast as Benjamin. In the book, the character is an Aryan PrettyBoy, while Dustin was Jewish and also [[DawsonCasting thirty 29 years old]]. Robert Redford old]] at the time of filming. Creator/RobertRedford was suggested for it, but the director told him personally "could Mike Nichols thought that he did not possess the underdog quality that Benjamin needed. When he talked with Redford, Redford asked what he meant. Mike said "Well, let's put it this way, have you see yourself striking ever struck out with a lady?" girl?" Redford asked "What do you mean?" Nichols said, "That's precisely my point." According to WordOfGod, Dustin being thirty helped him "get rid of that self-loathing" that a lot of early twenties actors had.
** To a lesser extent, Creator/AnnBancroft Creator/AnneBancroft was only thirty six 35 playing ''the'' MrsRobinson. Few would argue with her iconic performance.



* In ''Comics/SinCity'', Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark is a dwarf. In the film, he's played by Creator/RutgerHauer, who is...not.

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* In ''Comics/SinCity'', Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark is a dwarf. In the film, he's played by Creator/RutgerHauer, who is...not.isn't.
4th Jan '18 3:31:28 AM jormis29
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** Japanese model/actress Tao Okamoto plays Mercy Graves, who was a white blonde woman in the comics (Pre-ComicBook/{{New 52}}) and ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. WordOfGod is that Creator/ZackSnyder really wanted to work with Okamoto after being impressed with her performance in ''Film/TheWolverine'', and cast her in the part despite her lack of resemblance to the comic character.

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** Japanese model/actress Tao Okamoto Creator/TaoOkamoto plays Mercy Graves, who was a white blonde woman in the comics (Pre-ComicBook/{{New 52}}) and ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. WordOfGod is that Creator/ZackSnyder really wanted to work with Okamoto after being impressed with her performance in ''Film/TheWolverine'', and cast her in the part despite her lack of resemblance to the comic character.
26th Dec '17 6:37:56 PM RoseAndHeather
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* Creator/WinonaRyder in ''Film/LittleWomen'' is much too petite to play Jo, who in the book is described as being "like a colt" with "long limbs and big shoulders and hands". That being said it's hard to imagine another actress who can capture Jo's spirit, clumsiness and generally loud attitude as well as she can.

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* Creator/WinonaRyder in ''Film/LittleWomen'' is much too petite to play Jo, who in the book is described as being "like a colt" with "long limbs and big shoulders and hands". That being said it's hard to imagine another actress of her generation who can capture Jo's spirit, clumsiness and generally loud attitude as well as she can.
20th Dec '17 8:33:10 PM TheKaizerreich
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* ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'' has cast a black Hermione, who is usually seen as white (although the author notes the original book series did not describe her skin color). Ron and Harry don't have their traditional hair colours (ginger and black) either.

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* ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'' has cast a black Hermione, who is usually seen as white (although the author notes the original book series did not describe her skin color).color; only her sketches and a line describing Hermione as "pale" are any indication at all). Ron and Harry don't have their traditional hair colours (ginger and black) either.
12th Dec '17 3:44:25 AM jormis29
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* [[BreakoutCharacter Fonzie]] of ''Series/HappyDays'' was originally envisioned as a tall Italian man, based on a friend of the show's creator. While he does look like he's of Italian descent, (actually German Jewish in origin) at 5'8 Henry Winkler is notably much shorter than series lead Creator/RonHoward, but he performed the role so flawlessly they knew they had to have him.

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* [[BreakoutCharacter Fonzie]] of ''Series/HappyDays'' was originally envisioned as a tall Italian man, based on a friend of the show's creator. While he does look like he's of Italian descent, (actually German Jewish in origin) at 5'8 Henry Winkler Creator/HenryWinkler is notably much shorter than series lead Creator/RonHoward, but he performed the role so flawlessly they knew they had to have him.
7th Dec '17 8:20:09 AM ClintEastwood
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** Producers were reluctant to cast Amber Benson as Tara because they wanted someone with the same slender build as Creator/AlysonHannigan. Specifically, they needed someone to take Willow's place as TheWoobie, since Willow was becoming too powerful to convincingly put in any real danger. However, Benson quickly won them over with her ability to play awkward and vulnerable.
** Alyson Hannigan also bagged the role of Willow precisely because she was the only actress that didn't portray the character as a stereotypical HollywoodNerd.

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** Producers were reluctant to cast Amber Benson Creator/AmberBenson as Tara because they wanted someone with the same slender build as Creator/AlysonHannigan. Specifically, they needed someone to take Willow's place as TheWoobie, since Willow was becoming too powerful to convincingly put in any real danger. However, Benson quickly won them over with her ability to play awkward and vulnerable.
** Alyson Hannigan Creator/AlysonHannigan also bagged the role of Willow precisely because she was the only actress that didn't portray the character as a stereotypical HollywoodNerd.



* In ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'', the title character is played by 5'9" blond Yorkshireman Creator/SeanBean whereas in the novels he's described as over six feet tall, dark haired and a Londoner. However Bean owned the role so thoroughly the book author retconned the character as having spent a large part of his teenage years in Yorkshire to explain his accent.

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* In ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'', the title character is played by 5'9" blond Yorkshireman Creator/SeanBean whereas in the novels he's described as over six feet tall, dark haired and a Londoner. However Bean owned the role so thoroughly the book author that Creator/BernardCornwell retconned the character as having spent a large part of his teenage years in Yorkshire to explain his accent.
1st Dec '17 6:53:37 PM scooter
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* In the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', African-American Samuel L. Jackson was cast as the Caucasian-in-the-comics Nick Fury. His portrayal was so well-received that in comic continuities outside the ''Ultimate Marvel'' imprint [[note]]The ''Ultimate Marvel'' imprint is specifically tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe[[/note]], the original Nick Fury retires and an African-American son was created (Nick Fury Jr.) to take his place.

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* In the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', African-American Samuel L. Jackson was cast as the Caucasian-in-the-comics Nick Fury.
** The unusual "casting" actually occurred in the ''Ultimate Marvel'' strand of the comics: in these, Fury was modeled on Jackson because the creators thought he would be awesome in the role, despite the break from Marvel canon. Comics fans agreed, and when it came time to show Fury in the MCU Jackson was cast for the post-credits cameo in ''Film/IronMan''.
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His portrayal was so well-received that in comic continuities outside the ''Ultimate Marvel'' imprint [[note]]The ''Ultimate Marvel'' imprint is specifically tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe[[/note]], imprint, the original Nick Fury retires and an African-American son was created (Nick Fury Jr.) to take his place.
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