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One Should Only Joke About Being Serious

"There are casting directors with lots of imagination, but also some with not as much imagination." -  Max Von Sydow

So, you might be asking, why am I'm writing about casting on this April Fool's Day?  Simple.. and it's no joke.  Have you ever given any thought to how much of a joke certain actors being cast in certain roles really is?  For example, the good folks at ranthollywood.com were nice enough to put together a list of the 20 worst movie casting choices of all time.  The list includes:

- John Wayne as Genghis Kahn

-  Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi

- Kevin Costner as Robin Hood 

and 

- Rosie O'Donnell as Betty Rubble

"Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director's point of view." -  Steven Spielberg 

And, I think you'll agree, sometimes it seems there's no fate (or skill) involve in some casting choices.  Or for the studios' choices of the projects themselves.  For example, I'm a fan of Ronda Rousey.  I think she kicks ass and can't wait for her comeback fight.  BUT... who made that call to A. Remake "Road House?"  And, B. change Dalton to a woman?  If you think this will be a good move for the former champ, just ask Vince Vaughn what it was like trying to play Norman Bates in the "Psycho" remake.  Or Jason Momoa trying to step into "Conan's" shoes after Arnold Schwarzenegger.  

"Casting a film, you can have the greatest actors in a film and it doesn't work. It's a combination of all of the elements." - Stellan Skarsgard

Yep, that about sums it up.  You don't get a white guy to play a Persian.  Or do you, "Prince of Persia?"  And you never get a white girl to play an Asian-Hawaiian.  Or do you, "Aloha?'  It's not like the NFL draft where you're looking to take the next best available player.  You wouldn't want Denzel playing JFK.  And you wouldn't cast Streep as Harriet Tubman.  Because if you do... THAT would be the biggest joke of all.  And no one would be laughing.   - MO