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10th Jul '17 5:41:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/JasonMomoa was cast as ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} for ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. Momoa is exceptionally tall and of noticeable Polynesian ancestry with dark hair and tan skin, whereas (even at his strongest) Aquaman is more of an average height, blonde, pale, viking barbarian look. If anything, this was embraced as perfect casting considering [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman Aquaman's public impression]] despite all sorts of attempts in other media to have him be more badass. Momoa's roles in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011'' and ''Series/GameOfThrones'' earned him a legion of fans for his incredible physical presence, which should easily overshadow any "Aquaman is a weakling" memes.

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* *''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'':
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Creator/JasonMomoa was cast as ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} for ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}. Momoa is exceptionally tall and of noticeable Polynesian ancestry with dark hair and tan skin, whereas (even at his strongest) Aquaman is more of an average height, blonde, pale, viking barbarian look. If anything, this was embraced as perfect casting considering [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman Aquaman's public impression]] despite all sorts of attempts in other media to have him be more badass. Momoa's roles in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011'' and ''Series/GameOfThrones'' earned him a legion of fans for his incredible physical presence, which should easily overshadow any "Aquaman is a weakling" memes.
10th Jul '17 5:40:01 AM Morgenthaler
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** Josh Hutcherson got (and still gets) a lot of complaints for not matching the book description of Peeta Mellark. Peeta in the books is taller than Katniss and has curly blond hair and blue eyes. Hutcherson is shorter than Lawrence and has dark hair and dark eyes. He dyes his hair blond for the films but there are still a lot of complaints about his height, the fact that he doesn't wear blue contacts and how he's not deemed attractive enough for the role (even though Peeta is never described as being gorgeous and Hutcherson is quite easy on the eyes). However he was chosen for the role by Suzanne Collins (author of the books) who felt he perfectly captured the essence of the character and has stated that she can't see anyone else playing the part. By the time of the third and fourth film's release, at least, most fans were in agreement with Collins that Hutcherson captured the character perfectly. Even so there were still complaints about his appearence (however the initial mass of [[FanDumb outcry that he was too ugly compared to]] Creator/LiamHemsworth [[FanDumb to be a credible love interest]] had at least died down, since Hemsworth was not able to capture Gale's character to the same degree, and was considerably less charming).

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** Josh Hutcherson Creator/JoshHutcherson got (and still gets) a lot of complaints for not matching the book description of Peeta Mellark. Peeta in the books is taller than Katniss and has curly blond hair and blue eyes. Hutcherson is shorter than Lawrence and has dark hair and dark eyes. He dyes his hair blond for the films but there are still a lot of complaints about his height, the fact that he doesn't wear blue contacts and how he's not deemed attractive enough for the role (even though Peeta is never described as being gorgeous and Hutcherson is quite easy on the eyes). However he was chosen for the role by Suzanne Collins Creator/SuzanneCollins (author of the books) who felt he perfectly captured the essence of the character and has stated that she can't see anyone else playing the part. By the time of the third and fourth film's release, at least, most fans were in agreement with Collins that Hutcherson captured the character perfectly. Even so there were still complaints about his appearence (however the initial mass of [[FanDumb outcry that he was too ugly compared to]] Creator/LiamHemsworth [[FanDumb to be a credible love interest]] had at least died down, since Hemsworth was not able to capture Gale's character to the same degree, and was considerably less charming).
10th Jul '17 5:34:55 AM Morgenthaler
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** Creator/JenniferLawrence does not match the description of Katniss Everdeen in [[Literature/TheHungerGames the Hunger Games books]]. Katniss is thin due to near-starvation, olive skinned and dark haired. Lawrence has a normal build, fair skin and blonde hair. This caused some initial fan outrage, to which Lawrence responded that hair can change color and she refuses to starve herself for a role. Her acting performance has been almost universally praised. However, the casting call for the character asked specifically for white actresses, despite her AmbiguouslyBrown appearance in the books, which has caused some to take issue with the casting even if they were pleased with the final decision.
** Similarly Josh Hutcherson got (and still gets) a lot of complaints for not matching the book description of Peeta Mellark. Peeta in the books is taller than Katniss and has curly blond hair and blue eyes. Hutcherson is shorter than Lawrence and has dark hair and dark eyes. He dyes his hair blond for the films but there are still a lot of complaints about his height, the fact that he doesn't wear blue contacts and how he's not deemed attractive enough for the role (even though Peeta is never described as being gorgeous and Hutcherson is quite easy on the eyes). However he was chosen for the role by Suzanne Collins (author of the books) who felt he perfectly captured the essence of the character and has stated that she can't see anyone else playing the part.
*** By the time of the third and fourth film's release, at least, most fans were in agreement with Collins that Hutcherson captured the character perfectly. Even so there were still complaints about his appearence (however the initial mass of [[FanDumb outcry that he was too ugly compared to Creator/LiamHemsworth to be a credible love interest]] had at least died down, since Hemsworth was not able to capture Gale's character to the same degree, and was considerably less charming).

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** Creator/JenniferLawrence does not match the description of Katniss Everdeen in [[Literature/TheHungerGames the Hunger Games books]]. Katniss is thin due to near-starvation, olive skinned and dark haired. Lawrence has a normal build, fair skin and blonde hair. This caused some initial fan outrage, to which Lawrence responded that [[DyeingForYourArt hair can change color color]] and she refuses to starve herself for a role. Her acting performance has been almost universally praised. However, the casting call for the character asked specifically for white actresses, despite her AmbiguouslyBrown appearance in the books, which has caused some to take issue with the casting even if they were pleased with the final decision.
** Similarly Josh Hutcherson got (and still gets) a lot of complaints for not matching the book description of Peeta Mellark. Peeta in the books is taller than Katniss and has curly blond hair and blue eyes. Hutcherson is shorter than Lawrence and has dark hair and dark eyes. He dyes his hair blond for the films but there are still a lot of complaints about his height, the fact that he doesn't wear blue contacts and how he's not deemed attractive enough for the role (even though Peeta is never described as being gorgeous and Hutcherson is quite easy on the eyes). However he was chosen for the role by Suzanne Collins (author of the books) who felt he perfectly captured the essence of the character and has stated that she can't see anyone else playing the part.
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part. By the time of the third and fourth film's release, at least, most fans were in agreement with Collins that Hutcherson captured the character perfectly. Even so there were still complaints about his appearence (however the initial mass of [[FanDumb outcry that he was too ugly compared to to]] Creator/LiamHemsworth [[FanDumb to be a credible love interest]] had at least died down, since Hemsworth was not able to capture Gale's character to the same degree, and was considerably less charming).
10th Jul '17 5:32:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* The producers of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' intended to cast only British actors as the Hobbits as Tolkien had imagined the Shire as a form of England but American Creator/ElijahWood sent in a strong audition tape and was cast as Frodo. A marginal case, seeing as Wood speaks TheQueensLatin with very few slips. Creator/SeanAstin's North Country take on Sam Gamgee has also received generally good notices.

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
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The producers of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' intended to cast only British actors as the Hobbits as Tolkien had imagined the Shire as a form of England but American Creator/ElijahWood sent in a strong audition tape and was cast as Frodo. A marginal case, seeing as Wood speaks TheQueensLatin with very few slips. Creator/SeanAstin's North Country take on Sam Gamgee has also received generally good notices.



* Similarly, Valkyrie is a white blonde in the comics, but in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', she is portrayed by Creator/TessaThompson, who is black. Director Taika Waititi said he was aware that some of the more hardcore fans might take umbrage with her casting, but insisted that she gave the strongest audition of all the actresses who read for the part.
* Speaking of ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', the BigBad of that movie, ComicBook/{{Hela}}, is a 6'6" StatuesqueStunner [[PhysicalGod Goddess]] in the comics, but is played by the 5'8" Creator/CateBlanchett. Kinda justified because it would have been ''very'' difficult to find an actress (or human being for that matter) of Hela's height in real life, and of course a little thing like a height difference was never going to stop Marvel from snagging a multi-Oscar winning actress like Blanchett.

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* Similarly, ''Film/ThorRagnarok'':
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Valkyrie is a white blonde in the comics, but in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', this movie, she is portrayed by Creator/TessaThompson, who is black. Director Taika Waititi said he was aware that some of the more hardcore fans might take umbrage with her casting, but insisted that she gave the strongest audition of all the actresses who read for the part.
* Speaking of ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', the BigBad of that movie, ** The BigBad, ComicBook/{{Hela}}, is a 6'6" StatuesqueStunner [[PhysicalGod Goddess]] in the comics, but is played by the 5'8" Creator/CateBlanchett. Kinda justified because it would have been ''very'' difficult to find an actress (or human being for that matter) of Hela's height in real life, and of course a little thing like a height difference was never going to stop Marvel from snagging a multi-Oscar winning actress like Blanchett.



* Creator/JenniferLawrence does not match the description of Katniss Everdeen in [[Literature/TheHungerGames the Hunger Games books]]. Katniss is thin due to near-starvation, olive skinned and dark haired. Lawrence has a normal build, fair skin and blonde hair. This caused some initial fan outrage, to which Lawrence responded that hair can change color and she refuses to starve herself for a role. Her acting performance has been almost universally praised.
** However, the casting call for the character asked specifically for white actresses, despite her AmbiguouslyBrown appearance in the books, which has caused some to take issue with the casting even if they were pleased with the final decision.

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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'':
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Creator/JenniferLawrence does not match the description of Katniss Everdeen in [[Literature/TheHungerGames the Hunger Games books]]. Katniss is thin due to near-starvation, olive skinned and dark haired. Lawrence has a normal build, fair skin and blonde hair. This caused some initial fan outrage, to which Lawrence responded that hair can change color and she refuses to starve herself for a role. Her acting performance has been almost universally praised.
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praised. However, the casting call for the character asked specifically for white actresses, despite her AmbiguouslyBrown appearance in the books, which has caused some to take issue with the casting even if they were pleased with the final decision.



* Creator/RobertCarlyle was cast as Francis Begbie in ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'', even though in the novel, he's described as being a big, muscular, intimidating brute.

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* Creator/RobertCarlyle Creator/RobertCarlyle, who is short and wiry, was cast as Francis Begbie in ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'', even though in the novel, he's described as being a big, muscular, intimidating brute.
3rd Jul '17 11:48:19 PM AnotherDuck
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** Creator/AlanRickman as Severus Snape bears mention here; in the books, Snape is in his 30s, while Rickman was 55 when he made Philosopher's Stone. Regardless of the DawsonCasting, there are few who would disagree that Rickman totally owns the role. J.K. Rowling herself clued Rickman in on what she had planned for Snape's back story to help his performance in the films; she did not to the same for the rest of the cast.

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** Creator/AlanRickman as Severus Snape bears mention here; in the books, Snape is in his 30s, while Rickman was 55 when he made Philosopher's Stone. Regardless of the DawsonCasting, there are few who would disagree that Rickman totally owns the role. J.K. Rowling herself clued Rickman in on what she had planned for Snape's back story to help his performance in the films; she did not to do the same for the rest of the cast.
16th Jun '17 1:45:54 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** Creator/DavidJason as Rincewind in ''Film/TheColourOfMagic''. Jason was 35 years older than Rincewind was in the book, as well as being shorter and stouter than the description, but Jason's passion and dedication to the role makes up for it.

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** Creator/DavidJason as Rincewind in ''Film/TheColourOfMagic''. Jason was 35 years older than Rincewind was in the book, as well as being shorter and stouter than the description, but Jason's passion he captured so much of what made the character likeable and dedication to the role makes up for it.entertaining that some fans didn't mind.
12th Jun '17 8:00:50 AM captainpat
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** In the comics, Elektra is depicted as an AmazonianBeauty (Creator/FrankMiller based her off of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Lyon bodybuilder Lisa Lyon]]). Creator/ElodieYung is more of a FragileSpeedster. But when you see her in action, you won't even notice.
4th Jun '17 2:59:05 AM f
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Robert Baratheon is described as being well over six feet tall. In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Robert is played by Mark Addy, who isn't particularly tall. However, Addy's portrayal was so excellent and true to the character that it doesn't matter.
1st Jun '17 9:21:45 PM jormis29
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* Ben in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' was not written to be black. At the time, it was quite unusual for a black man to get a lead film role. George Romero has always maintained that he only cast Duane Jones because he gave the best audition, not to make a point or be controversial.

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* Ben in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' was not written to be black. At the time, it was quite unusual for a black man to get a lead film role. George Romero Creator/GeorgeARomero has always maintained that he only cast Duane Jones because he gave the best audition, not to make a point or be controversial.
26th May '17 5:46:49 PM NightShade96
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This may lead to tropes such as RaceLift, AdaptationalAttractiveness, HollywoodHomely, and HollywoodPudgy. In rare cases, can even trump a character's original [[GenderFlip gender]]. Used to be used frequently as a justification for {{Blackface}}, and still to this day is the usual excuse given for whitewashing of ethnic characters in adaptations.

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This may lead to tropes such as RaceLift, AdaptationalAttractiveness, AdaptationalUgliness, HollywoodHomely, and HollywoodPudgy. In rare cases, can even trump a character's original [[GenderFlip gender]]. Used to be used frequently as a justification for {{Blackface}}, and still to this day is the usual excuse given for whitewashing of ethnic characters in adaptations.
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