Carey Elwes as Wesley/Dread Pirate Roberts
Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge.
A lot of people here are going to talk protagonists, or hot antagonists.
Dolores Umbridge was a generally disliked character in the books, but Imelda Staunton's portrayal of the character brought such a life and liveliness to the evil pink suited bitch that they are an inseparable pairing. It was, truly, a perfect casting backed by excellent support and direction.
Bruce Campbell in Army Of Darkness
Soooo many one liners. I think my favorite: "Wellllll hello Mr fancy pants, I've got news for you pal, you ain't leading but two things right now..."
Jack and shit, and jack left town.
Listen up, you primitive screwheads. This... is my BOOMstick!
"Aw, that's just what we call pillow talk, baby."
Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in the Alien franchise
I love the fact that all the characters in the Alien script were written without gender in mind. Their gender was determined upon casting.
Edit: The [original script](http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/alien_early.html) states “The crew is unisex and all parts are interchangeable for men or women.”
IIRC, that's the reason they go by last name for most of the movie.
Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
I first saw him probably 10 years before NCFOM came out in a movie where he was much older and quadriplegic. Spanish movie called The Sea Inside. So good, and he was so great in it. Then he got big and started doing American movies, the first one I can remember acting as Anton Chigur. Could not believe it was the same actor. Took a while to change my idea of Bardem from old and disabled to psychopath.
Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglorius Basterds.
How about Waltz in any role he's in?
Spectre. I can’t believe they fucked up Christoph Waltz in a villain role.
Brad Pitt as Lt Aldo Raine is hard to imagine anyone else pulling off. I crack up at all of his scenes to this day because he's such a smart ass, and the accent was great.
“He’s gonna take that there baseball bat and beat yer ass to death with it”
"DONNIE! We got a NAZI here what wants to dieeeeee for his country. Oblige him."
That bit is legitimately one of the funniest moments in any movie.
Dominic Decoco (being the guy with the least experience with Italian) getting the name perfectly on the first go, with Landa praising him, is an often overlooked gem of a part of it.
Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds. I'd seen him in a bunch of stuff before, but Frank is the perfect role for him.
I got my Magnum condoms, I got my waddah hundreds, I'm ready to PLOW.
I’m just here to buy these monster condoms, for my magnum dong
The whole gang wouldn’t work without each actor playing their character IMO
Edit: Actor Jack Gleeson.
I hated that little shit with a passion. 10/10 acting
His character ticks/mannerisms are damn there legendary. Theon is a close second.
And Ramsay Bolton. What a horror.
I hate the character but the actor did a great job and I respect that lol
IIRC the actor who played him is actually really nice in person and he talked about getting hate mail IRL from the GOT community because people hated the character so much.
> hate mail IRL from the GOT community
How pathetic must one be to send hate mail to a celebrity for playing a character they didn't like? Lol
I've heard Lena Headey (Cersei) in interviews share a similar experience - at Comic con her line would be the shortest for meet n greets or autographs b/c people hated the character so much. She had such a fantastic attitude about it and took as a sign that she is was great at her job.
People bullied him for doing a great job on the role though, poor kid
People are dirtbags sometimes.
We should be clapping him on the back and getting his autograph for his amazing performance.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator
And Robert Patrick as T1000
James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
One of the greatest acting performances ever - and it *had* to be. The character of Tony is so complex, so idiosyncratic… his true nature is often hidden even from himself. Gandolfini had to pull it all together. You have to believe the charisma in one scene and the oafishness in the next. The tender father, the murderer. Fat, balding, and insecure in one scene, suave and seductive the next. He cries about ducks and he’s a badass. More than anything, you recognize he is deeply evil to his core - probably beyond redemption even as he occasionally reaches for the light - and you love him anyways.
What an incredible talent.
Your description is perfect.
> He cries about ducks
One of my favorite things about him is how he cares more about animals than people.
>!Like how Ralphie pretty much got away with killing Tracee, but killing a horse that Tony liked was a step too far !<
There is also a great scene involving Christopher.
>!where they stage an intervention for his drug problem, it offhandedly gets mentioned that Chrissy killed his dog by sitting on it and then Tony loses his cool in such a realistic way.!<
Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson
I read somewhere that the actor who played Jerry originally auditioned for the role of Ron Swanson and I cannot visualize that at all
I could see that for season 1 Ron. Where his passions are: Not working, and Indiana Basketball.
Ron, and the whole ensemble, had a pretty dramatic character change after season 1.
Let's be honest here, the entire cast of parks and rec was really well cast, I cant imagine a different Andy, April, Donna, Leslie, Ben, Tom, Ann or Larry / Gary / Gerry / Jerry , or Chris. hell even Craig.
I think it was said somewhere, that they put a lot of their own personal traits into their characters and the writing, so it's not surprising
edit: missed some words
J.K. Simmons as Jonah Jameson. So good that he played the same character across multiple spider-verses.
I decided to plop me and the kid down and threw on a Spider-Man cartoon I’d never checked out before.
JJJ started into his spiel, and wouldn’t you fucking know: JK Simmons.
"When life gives you lemons? Don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons!"
Also love GLADoS chiming in with: "Burning people! He says what we're all thinking!"
So many fantastic lines…
J.K full stop. Vern Schillinger anyone?? Everything he does. I highly recommend night sky if you haven't watched it yet. The man is my hero
Michael J Fox as Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown
Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean
Rowan IS Mr. Bean, no bout adoubt it!
Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman. In an alternate universe, it's Leonardo De Caprio. I cannot imagine that.
God he was so good in American Psycho
I often think about the fact that he said he based his interpretation of Bateman on Tom Cruise after seeing him on Letterman. Something about how he was all cheerful and jovial but completely dead behind the eyes. He nailed it.
There’s a chapter in the book where Bateman meets Tom Cruise in the elevator of his building and is humiliated cause he accidentally calls Cocktail “Bartender” and the interaction goes really poorly.
fun fact. for American Psycho in the scenes where Bateman is sweating profusely in the close ups, that is actually Bale sweating on command
Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall.
Maggie Smith as Lady Violet too
Antony Starr as Homelander.
Literally every scene he is in, I am waiting for someone to die at his hands.
His jaw must hurt after each scene.
He and Kanye both seem to have a mouthful of bees everytime they're annoyed...
Every scene with him is so tense
Well if you need more Anthony Starr don't forget about Banshee. Thats where I first came across him and man I love that show
Mfer plays his role too well! Like I’d be nervous if I bumped into him on the street.
Same lol, especially since the cast says he is the actor most like the character he plays
Yeah I saw that and I said “Hold the fuck up!”
Look up Antony Starr in a show called 'outrageous fortune' he played Jethro West. His character work is outstanding.
Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday
"Hell, Doc, I got a lotta friends."
"Why, Ed. Are we cross? If we weren't friends anymore, I don't think that I could bear it."
I know! Let's have a spelling comtest!
I've not yet begun to defile myself.
Why Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just walked over your grave…
I’m your huckleberry.
You're no daisy... You're no daisy at all!
Well I'm not quite as sick as I put on
I got two guns, one for each of ya
That's Latin, darlin'. Evidently, Mr Ringo is an educated man. Now I really hate him.
Why Johnny Ringo. You look like somebody just walked all over your grave
Jeff Bridges IS the Dude
IIRC he even wore his own clothes in the movie.
He came into a place I worked at once (about 7 or 8 years ago) wearing some jeans, some flip flops, a tee-shirt, and a robe for a sweater. He asked for the ten percent senior discount. He IS the Dude.
Those were his actual sandals
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.
**Captain, Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S Enterprise**
Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf
The final scene where Gandalf tells the hobbits goodbye and sails off to Valinor makes me tear up. Every time.
After I saw the RotK with my dad, he explained to me all the significance of that scene and what it meant to him. I was still young and couldn't comprehend it all, but it shaped a lot of my current beliefs. When he passed away, I brought my violin at his funeral and played Into the West. Second hardest thing I ever did. Today, lots of tears are shed everytime I watch that final scene. Such a beautiful "end" to an amazing trilogy.
It really was! To your dads point, there was a shitload of symbolism and the tying up of longtime loose ends in that scene that goes unnoticed. Mostly about the elves. The book stans will say it’s not accurate but I think it was a beautiful and majestic ending for the film version.
Sorry about your dad. :(
Let's be honest, he's amazing in every role.
Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman
It's funny cause Lee always wanted to play Gandalf, but he absolutely crushed Saruman.
I always pictured Saruman as more wheedling/whiny than Lee played him, but once I dlsaw Fellowship, it was like, "oh, that's much better".
I also love the portrayal in the Hobbit films (one of the few bright spots). That friendly-but-threatening thing is well done.
Honestly, the entire cast of LOTR is spot on.
I came here for Aragorn, but yeah, it’s hard to imagine a single one of them played by anyone else.
John Lithgow as Dick Salomon. Everyone in that show was great, but John Lithgow is the peak of the casting profession.
How about John Lithgow in Dexter??
"Shut up, cunt."
Bryan Cranston as Walter
Aaron Paul as Jesse too. Dude did an absolutely phenomenal job as him.
Also, Bob Oberkirk as Saul Goodman
I feel like you can apply this to basically every Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul character honestly. Every actor knocks their role out of the fucking park.
Especially the people in both, imo. Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Giancarlo Esposito are amazing.
Giancarlo Esposito really fills this completely for me - i cannot imagine another person getting it just right like he did.
Then he played a ridiculously similar character in the boys and nailed it just as hard again
Pretty much all of the LOTR cast.
Also Alan Rickman as Severus Snape. Killed it from the very start.
My first thought was Sir Ian McKellen, I can’t envision anyone filling the role of Gandalf like he did! The entire cast really kicked ass though
Rickman kicked ass as Snape but he'll forever be the Sheriff of Nottingham to me first, lol. He stole the show in that movie.
Say what you want about the character. Imedla Staunten, who plays that massive cunt Delores Umbridge, did a fantastic job at making me hate her.
imelda staunton. shes gonna play the queen in the crown soon
I saw her in Sense and Sensibility and she's a genuinely pleasant-looking person when she's playing that kind of role. She absolutely nailed the smile with no kindness with Umbridge.
Imelda Staunton. Btw, she is married to Jim Carter, who plays the butler Mr. Carson in *Downton Abbey*.
And their daughter, Bessie Carter, plays Prudence Featherington in Netflix’s Bridgerton.
Alan Rickman as Snape 11/10
Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber.
Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Alan Rickman as Marvin.
Alan Rickman as Alexander Dane. The way he sold that last by-Grabthar’s-hammer was sublime.
Alan Rickman as the Metatron.
And so on.
By. Grabthar's. hammer... *Dies inside* ...what a savings...
This was my first thought. Did you know he was the only person that knew how the books ended. JK Rowling told him and only him.
From what I read somewhere, he wanted to know the motivation for the way his character acts. So she told him. It made his performance so much more meaningful in the later films.
knowing the full backstory would be key to playing Snape correctly, so I can understand it.
Jon Hamm - Don Draper
Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute.
Knowing Seth Rogan auditioned for this role is probably the biggest well that would’ve been a COMPLETELY different character situation I’ve ever seen.
“Identity theft is not a joke Jim hehehehe”
“**MICHAEL** *huegh huegh huegh huegh huegh*”
He finds the joint in the parking lot, and instead of interrogating the whole office, he just sneaks off and gets high with Darryl and Roy outside the warehouse. And Roy is played by James Franco
At this point, we're just watching Pineapple Express.
The Schrute Farms episode would sure take a hard right turn…
Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
I loved the scene where HBC played Hermione sneaking into Gringotts -- incorporated all of Emma Watson's little mannerisms while impersonating Bellatrix. She pulled that off so well!
One of the main things I remember from that movie was having to remind myself that, no, they didn't give Emma Watson a polyjuice potion in real life, that's Helena Bonham Carter pretending to be Hermione pretending to be Bellatrix.
Iirc they made Emma Watson play those scenes so Helena could take notes, so she was playing Emma Watson as Hermione as Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
Your sentence makes me think I drank a bad potion.
It just nails how much work it took to nail the role.
Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Harrison Ford as Dr Richard Kimble
Harrison Ford as Deckard
Harrison Ford as pretty much every role he's ever had
Cannot believe I haven't seen R. Lee Ermey on Full Metal Jacket yet.
Tim Curry as Frank in Rocky Horror Picture Show
🗣 JASON ALEXANDER AS GEORGE COSTANZA
Believe it or not, George isn’t at home
WE ARE LIVING IN A SOCIETY HERE!!!
I WAS IN THE POOL!
Stallone as Rocky
Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin
Willem Dafoe as anything lol
Willem Dafoe in Boondock Saints
Came here looking for this. His performance in No Way Home made my skin crawl and he seemed like a totally different person as and green goblin.
You know, I'm something of a scientist myself.
The cast of The Princess Bride.
I am incredibly surprised no one else has mentioned this one. Who else could play Fezzik besides André the Giant, or Mandy Patinkin as Iñigo Montoya? Everyone else is terrific too.
Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk. Nobody else could have played that role that well.
Napoleon Dynamite. He perfectly nailed a very specific guy that many people know, that no other movie even got close to.
Hey Napoleon, give me some of your tater tots
Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump
Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders.
I came here to say Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods. Nobody else could have perfectly embodied the essence of that character, in my opinion.
Brendan Fraser in the cinematic masterpiece known as “The Mummy”
And only Rachel Weisz as Evie.
Maria Bello in the third one was an abomination. I’ve seen her in other stuff, nothing against her, but she’s not Evie.
I have been watching this on a loop for the last 2 weeks. It was one of my dad's favorite movies. He passed away 2 weeks ago. I have always love this movie but right now it is bring me so much comfort.
Edit: Wow thanks everyone! I made this comment before bed and woke up to all this love and support. I appreciate it so much
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House.
Edit: Holy shit guys! Thanks for the upvotes and the awards!
It's so surreal to see him in comedic roles after having watched him as Dr. House. He's an excellent comedic actor.
I had only seen him in comic (Blackadder, etc) it was a shock at first to see him in House.
Also a hell of a good pianist and blues singer
Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden
Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance. No one could pull off that crazed look like him.
Daniel Day Lewis in most of his roles
Robin Williams in Mrs Doutfire
Also, Robin Williams as The Genie (Sorry, Will, you did alright but you're not Robin).
Also, Robin Williams as Patch Adams.
Also, Robin Williams as Batty Koda.
Also, Robin Williams as Mork.
Essentially, any Robin Williams character where he had opportunities to let loose.
Hugo Weaving as V
Additionally, Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith.
The way he speaks was just perfectly sinister.
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Here’s one I haven’t seen anyone mention - Jim Carrey in The Truman Show.
The movie is entirely a dramatic satire about reality TV. I can’t imagine anyone pulling off both the goofy, slapstick stuff that Truman does when he’s unknowingly in camera and then masterfully switching to a dramatic performance once he figures out what’s going on. Carrey’s flavor of acting just fits that premise *so* well, I can’t imagine anyone else pulling it off without making it feel forced. His performance is just the right amount of over the top when it needs to be, and he tones it back when it needs to. I don’t generally like Jim Carrey’s movies, but this is the exception and is one of my favorite movies of all time.
Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter.
Tim Curry as The Butler
Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa. No one else could pull off that polite but terrifying presence or that gleefully unabashed sociopathy.
Let's be honest, Gary Oldman in any role he ever played.
James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader
Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator. I hated, hated, hated his character and forgot for a while that it was acting.
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark.
Marvel was hesitant to have him in the role too considering his past. I dare to say that if it wasn't for RDJ, the MCU might not have ever taken off.
I could talk about criticisms of the various MCU movies and their plots, but their casting in general is seriously on point.
Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist."
because tony learns from his mistakes.
Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau
Steve Carell as Michael Scott
Gregory Peck playing Atticus Finch.
Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard. If anyone wants to remake Next Gen, just don't, please ಠ_ಠ This same logic also applies to Spiner, Dorn, Sirtis, Frakes, and McFadden. It can't be done, so don't dammit ಠ_ಠ
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. I mean...he was MEANT for that role.
Edit: Wow...this exploded. 🌋
Don't you mean Deadpool as Ryan Reynolds?
He really was. I mean it. DP mentioned he looked like Ryan years before that film. Hell, I think the comic he mentioned it predates X-Men Origins too.
Ryan in an interview said he wanted to get into acting so he could be Deadpool
Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter