I appreciate it as much as the next guy when a director sees something no one else does in an actor, and attempts to cast him against type, often with brilliant results. John Candy in JFK, Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise in Collateral, Robin Williams in One Hour Photo, or Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love. Sometimes it works to brilliant effect; sometimes it completely fucking backfires. Sometimes, it’s just plain weird.
A reader, Bruce, suggesting this idea for an SRL, offering up number three below as a fine example of insanely random casting. I think the other nine entries here fit the spirit of that category: Some of the casting decisions are just plain awful, but — in my opinion — they’re all also insanely random.
The 10 Most Randomly Insane Casting Decisions
10. Kelsey Grammer as Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand
9. Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates in the Psycho remake
8. Michael J. Fox as Erikkson in Casualties of War
7. George Clooney as Batman in Batman and Robin
6. Brad Pitt as Achilles in Troy
5. Keanu Reeves as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing
4. Rosie O’Donnell as Betty Rubble in The Flintstones
3. Christopher Lloyd as Commander Kruge, the villainous Klingon, in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
2. Tom Cruise as the Vampire Lestat in Interview with a Vampire
1. Bill Murray as Larry Darrell in Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge