Films where they got exactly the right actor

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  1. Phil12

    Phil12 Radiant Radish

  2. Phil12

    Phil12 Radiant Radish

    I read that Tom Selleck was the 1st choice. But that he wasn't available because of his Magnum commitments.

  3. seacliffe301

    seacliffe301 Forum Resident

    "Pulp Fiction". John Travolta's portrayal of a 40 year old Vinnie Bobarino turned gangster was brilliant, complete with Saturday Night Fever dance moves.
    Credit Quentin Tarantino no doubt.
  4. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over, My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    Tommy Lee Jones - The Fugitive
    Bill Murray - What About Bob?
    Michael J. Fox - Back To The Future
    Danny Devito - Renaissance Man
    Will Smith - Independence Day
    Madeline Kahn - For Pete's Sake
    Frank Langella - Dracula
    Anthony LaPlagia - Betsy's Wedding
    Jack Nicholson - A Few Good Men
    Michael Keaton - Beetlejuice
    Louis Gossett, Jr. - An Officer And A Gentleman
    Leslie Nielsen - Airplane
    Bruce Willis - Die Hard
    Richard Crenna - The Flamingo Kid
    Steve Martin - All Of Me

    Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
    Tom Hanks - Big
    Frank Sinatra - The Joker Is Wild
    Kevin Kline - Dave
    Marissa Tomei - My Cousin Vinny
    Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind
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  5. Hexwood

    Hexwood Forum Resident

    Kurt Russell - Escape from New York/L.A.
    Clint Eastwood - Dirty Harry
    Sissy Spacek - Coal Miner's Daughter
    Diane Keaton - Annie Hall
    Gene Wilder - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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  6. powerq

    powerq Forum Resident

    John Lithgow in Raising Cain.
  7. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Goodfellas-Joe Pesci
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  8. rockerreds

    rockerreds Forum Resident

    Peter Riegert in Chilly Scenes Of Winter.
  9. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Glenn Ford-The Gazebo
    Mel owned it...indeed. Made him a superstar!
  10. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    all excellent choices!
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  11. Honey Bunches of Sadness

    Honey Bunches of Sadness Forum Resident

    SF Bay Area
    How about Christopher Walken? I know he's not ethnically Italian. But he can do off-kilter nutcase with the best of them. He played an Italian-American mobster in True Romance. On the other hand, maybe DeNiro and Walken in the cast would've overshadowed Ray Liotta too much.
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  12. Well, he was basically playing himself.
  13. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

    Daddyland, CA
    He was playing himself for the performances, but I think he brought more to the table for the role. In terms of delivery of his lines, he seemed to have been influenced a bit by Brando, and he also had personal experiences with Lester Young and Bud Powell. The character he played was based on both of them.
  14. Honey Bunches of Sadness

    Honey Bunches of Sadness Forum Resident

    SF Bay Area
    Fine performance by Dexter Gordon. I was bummed out when he died just a few years later.
  15. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears

    For me, horror is the genre where a perfect personality really sticks out in a way that can't be easily replicated:

    Lon Chaney Sr. - The Phantom of the Opera (just the unmasking alone)
    Peter Lorre - M (who else could pull off sympathy?)
    Boris Karloff - The Body Snatchers (Tell me Tawdy...)
    Lon Chaney Jr. - The Wolf Man (he was best at tragic figures)
    Bela Lugosi - Son of Frankenstein (I consider his Igor to be his best)
    Lionel Atwill - same as above (Parodied perfectly in Young Frankenstein)
    Evelyn Ankers - Weird Woman (her playing against "good girl" type)
    Vincent Price - Comedy of Terrors (great comedic timing)
    Basil Rathbone - same as above (he is one of the great running jokes in horror)
    Peter Cushing - Curse of Frankenstein (best as an uptight scoundrel)
    Christopher Lee - Horror of Dracula (made for the role)
    Barbara Steele - Black Sunday (Tim Burton would forever try to replicate)
    Anthony Perkins - Psycho (perfectly awkward)
    Candice Hilligoss - Carnival of Souls (made only one other movie, but left an aloof ghostly mark)
    Franco Nero - The Fifth Cord (he was a great SOB)
    Sissy Spacek - Carrie (so sympathetic and scary)
    Alida Valli - Suspiria (perfect evil school marm)
    Donald Pleasance - Halloween (obsession and monologues)
    Angus Scrimm - Phantasm (all physical presence, minimal lines)
    Jack Nicholson - The Shining (yeah, crazy from the get go, but without him this is a long boring film)
    Zelda Rubenstein - Poltergeist (can't imagine anyone else)
    Bruce Campbell - Evil Dead 1 & 2 (a broad comedic one man show)
    Keith Gordon - Christine (perfectly sympathetic)
    Robert Englund - A Nightmare on Elm Street (needed that personality)
    Roddy McDowell/ Stephen Geoffreys/Chris Sarandon - Fright Night (all so perfect)
    Brad Dourif - Child's Play (no other voice would measure up)
    Tony Todd - Candyman (already mentioned)
    Max Von Sydow - Needful Things (deserved more from the movie)
    Anthony Hopkins - Silence of the Lambs (mentioned)
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  16. a customer

    a customer Forum Resident

    Speaking of voices Daniel day Lewis as lincoln
  17. shark shaped fin

    shark shaped fin Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Sexy Beast:

    Ray Winston as a reformed gangster gone soft in Spain, but becoming a better person overall and wanting to avoid the life as much as possible.

    Ben Kingsley of all actors as the volatile psychopath Don, sent to lure Gal back home for another job, refusing to take no for an answer.

    Ian McShane as the terrifyingly ice-cold crime lord Teddy, who sent Don in the first place, and whose watchful eyes in the third act with their slight mischievous twinkle can’t quite cover the fact that the guy is a monster toying w/Gal.
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  18. shark shaped fin

    shark shaped fin Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Willem Dafoe in Paul Schrader’s Light Sleeper, whose character of John LeTour is a Manhattan drug courier going through a midlife crisis, while his boss (Susan Sarandon) attempts one final deal which will allow her to move on from the game.

    Dafoe had to make this guy believable as a drug game lifer and also make him likable. Dafoe, despite starting his career playing despicable villains or sinister antiheroes, is actually probably best at playing really decent men. I suspect it’s because he is in real life a really decent guy, it’s a trait that is hard to make seem real and he does it. LeTour is a fundamentally good man and you believe it. It’s not one of those roles where you’re told the hero is a good guy but he just seems like kind of an a-hole.

    Actually the entire film is superbly cast, with Sarandon especially deserving all kinds of awards that never came her way. Victor Garber, Jane Adams, Dana Delany, David Clennon…all outstanding. And the margins are populated with terrific small roles by a bunch of pre-stardom actors like Sam Rockwell and David Spade, and a number of charismatic character actors whose names you might not know but who really own the tiny, essential parts.
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