Casting directors often have a tough job because actors are the base for any television show or film. If they happen to hire the wrong person, the project suffers, they could lose their job, and the box office fares poorly. In a sense, few people see the masterpiece, and they spend a lot of money without recouping much from viewings.
The issue is that casting directors are human, so they’re bound to make mistakes. They prove over and over that they can pick the right person for the job, but they’ve also made poor choices that make people wonder what they were thinking. These are the actors who didn’t belong:
Cameron Diaz – Jenny Everdeen
Cameron Diaz was chosen as the Irish pickpocket/prostitute for Gangs of New York, but she stuck out poorly compared to Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis. Her accent slipped, she had little dramatic energy, and she was primarily a comedic actress.
Jesse Eisenberg – Lex Luthor
Everyone knows Lex Luthor was an iconic comic book villain, so people wanted a powerful actor. Instead, Jesse Eisenberg graced the big screen. While he’s not bad, he didn’t have the power for this villain. Many people found the character loud, wild, and manic – almost more like Joker.