A Grey Area: 8 Other Stars Who Fans Thought Were Horribly Miscast

'Fifty Shades of Grey' stars Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson are hardly the first stars to feel the wrath of dissatisfied fans

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Maybe you’re into Batman. Or is James Bond your guy? Hey, we won’t tell if Fifty Shades of Grey turns your crank.

No matter the story, diehard fans of popular figures — real or fictional — know what they want from the actors who play these roles in movies. And they’re not shy about voicing their displeasure. Just ask Ben Affleck. Or the recently announced stars of the upcoming Fifty Shades movies — Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have had the indignity of witnessing a petition formed calling for a casting re-do.

Don’t fret, though, this could all turn out well for the duo. Or, not.

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Michael Keaton
cast as Batman, Batman (1989)

Why Fans Objected:
He just didn’t look the part, with that receding hairline, small stature and
comedic background at odds with the Caped Crusader’s dark mystery.
Plus, Keaton’s jaw just wasn’t square enough to evoke trepidation from below that mask.
Keaton as Batman? He just didn’t fit the physical bill.

Level of Fan Outrage:
7

Final Verdict:
While the film remains largely well regarded,
Keaton took a backseat to costars Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger.

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Daniel Craig
cast as James Bond, Casino Royale (2006)

Why Fans Objected:
A blonde Bond? Along with the wrong hair color, the British actor
(at least he was British!) was a relatively unknown commodity at the time of his casting,
scaring fans who weren’t sure what they were getting.

Level of Fan Outrage:
5

Final Verdict:
A return to the James Bond roots fans really wanted, with an intense but nuanced performance
that has only grown in Bondness in subsequent films.

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Jennifer Lawrence
cast as Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games (2012)

Why Fans Objected:
The book describes Katniss as having olive skin and dark hair, not exactly the definition
of the blonde haired, blue-eyed Lawrence. Fans felt they were going to have a multi-ethnic star
when casting was announced. They didn’t get that.

Level of Fan Outrage:
6

Final Verdict:
Yeah, Lawrence has done just fine for herself, hasn’t she?

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Tom Cruise
cast as Jack Reacher, Jack Reacher (2012)

Why Fans Objected:
Jack Reacher creator Lee Child specifically described Reacher’s physical characteristics:
a brute of a man standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 220 pounds, with a 50-inch chest.
Tom Cruise, well, he just isn’t that big.

Level of Fan Outrage:
Casual fans, 4; Big-time fans, 8

Final Verdict:
Cruise was passable, but still not quite “Reacher” enough.

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Johnny Depp
cast as Tonto, The Lone Ranger (2013)

Why Fans Objected:
When announced, fans may have objected to nearly any actor playing Tonto,
which some see as a racist affront against Native Americans.
The fact that Depp wasn’t considered Native American—he actually does have some
Native American ancestry—pushed the needle even further.

Level of Fan Outrage:
3

Final Verdict:
Even Jack Sparrow couldn’t save this one.

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Ashton Kutcher
cast as Steve Jobs, Jobs (2013)

Why Fans Objected:
Kutcher’s history playing to crowds as a funny man had Apple fans
worried he wasn’t talented enough—or experienced enough—to handle the
seriousness of performing iJobs.

Level of Fan Outrage:
8

Final Verdict:
Ashton performed unexceptionally in a forgettable movie.

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Zoe Saldana
cast as Nina Simone, Nina (2013)

Why Fans Objected:
Saldana has only the most passing resemblance to the  African-American
jazz legend. Fans didn’t want the wig, fake nose and heavy makeup doing the heavy lifting.

Level of Fan Outrage:
4

Final Verdict:
We won’t know until we see the full movie, likely later this year.

Zoe Saldana

Valery Hache / AFP / Getty Images

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Ben Affleck
cast as Batman, unnamed Man of Steel sequel

Why Fans Objected:
Fans have never forgiven Affleck for 2003, when he bombed in both Daredevil
(playing a superhero, no less) and Gigli. Since he’s proven his chops—even playing
Superman in his role as George Reeves in 2006’s Hollywoodland—with
Argo, State of Play and The Town. But 2003 still happened.

Level of Fan Outrage:
9

Final Verdict:
We’ll have to wait and see if we get Argo or… Daredevil.

Ben Affleck

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11 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Jack Reacher creator Lee Child specifically described Reacher’s physical characteristics:

a brute of a man standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 220 pounds, with a 50-inch chest

That is not even possible, unless he had giant breast implant he would be at least 245.

Djoreena
Djoreena

@TIME @TIMECulture but he is already the Daredevil its like spiderman and greenlantern being played by 1 person. But i like Affleck though

CLMarie
CLMarie

FSoG has taken on a life of it's own for over a year now. It is HUGE. Bigger in some ways than these listed above. The fans are very passionate and these characters in the books are very detailed in description (more so than the average description of a book character), and EL James made it a point to note on these features throughout the entire trilogy and make them important. Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam are seriously wrong! Ana is this tiny, delicate framed, brown haired young woman with HUGE blue eyes, undeniable innocence, and very pretty and delicate facial features, she is pale, slender and has assets. This is just the gist too. Christian is tall, slim but muscular, dark copper hair, chiseled jaw and facial features, masculine but boyish face, drop dead gorgeous and holds just about every woman spellbound. Dakota is the complete opposite of Ana, she looks old, is too tall, has very mature and elongated features (not pretty at all), small eyes, and no curves or assets. She isn't the dainty and delicate Ana that Christian feels the need to protect. Charlie looks older than late 20s and while he has a great body it's not like Christian's is. Charlie is quite hefty, and while he is attractive I still wouldn't look twice if I saw him walk by. In fact, he perfectly fits the description of Christian's brother, Elliot. A lot of fans are obviously pissed at this casting. I know they gave out offers to others before going to Charlie and Dakota but I'm extremely let down by the end result. A whole year of anticipation led to this?!?

aboutbebout
aboutbebout

Leave Ben Affleck alone.  Have you ever seen him in person?

gamequeen2006
gamequeen2006

@TIME The obsessive fans need to get over this. Give them a chance for Christ's sake.

malia.vanaman
malia.vanaman

Surely the uproar over Vivien Leigh being cast as Scarlett O'Hara merits a mention on your list. Unless you're focusing on recent casting decisions. In which case, Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones was initially a hard sell, too!

JoughDonakowski
JoughDonakowski

No mention of the biggest one, Heath Ledger as the Joker? Fanbois hated that one, and it seems like it turned out okay...