“Blow Dry” is one of those movies that wouldn’t have been very good no matter who was cast, but Josh Hartnett was one of the worst choices the movie made. Hartnett plays a Yorkshire barber with an accent that causes real, physical pain to everybody who speaks or has ever heard an accent from the United Kingdom.
With some combination of Yorkshire, Irish, and California beach bum, Hartnett needed way more time to get the voice right. Poor departed Alan Rickman had to play this character’s father and was probably going mad trying to deal with the accent.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford Brody in Godzilla
Aaron Taylor-Johnson has put together some great roles – you will likely remember him as Quicksilver in the “Avengers” movies – but “Godzilla” wasn't one of them. The movie is good, but the king of monsters didn't get as much screen time compared to the human characters, and ATJ just couldn't hold the movie up when the camera was on him.
He's likable enough and didn't do a bad job, but he's a little too milquetoast to handle the dramatic weight of being the principal actor in a dramatic film. However, that might have been the intention in order to keep viewers clamoring for more Godzilla.
Tom Cruise as Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg in Valkyrie
Nobody will ever say Tom Cruise is a bad actor, but with that many movies under his belt, there are bound to be some that could have used more thought as to the actor. One of them is “Valkyrie,” Bryan Singer's 2008 World War II thriller about a group of German nobles trying to assassinate Hitler.
Von Stauffenberg was a real person, so casting the much shorter Cruise was seen as a little bit of an insult, and there's also the fact that Cruise didn't even try to put on a German accent. Cruise is best playing a variation of himself, and this real person wasn't the right fit.
Laurence Olivier as Othello in Othello
Laurence Olivier is one of the most powerful and legendary actors that has ever appeared on stage or screen. He made a huge name for himself, appearing as some of the bard's most famous characters, such as Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear. Othello, on the other hand, struck up a lot of controversies.
He took to the gym to become the general and even took voice lessons to lower his voice, but took preparation for the role a step too far.
Everyone in 21
Movies inspired by real-life events always take a few liberties in order to make filming, writing, and casting easier, but “21” had a problem. You see, the team of real-life MIT blackjack players who took Vegas for a ride with their new card-counting techniques was mainly Asian Americans.
But that's a no-go for Hollywood for some reason, which means that all of those roles that could have gone to Asian-Americans instead went to established white actors. The film's producer, Dana Brunetti, implied that because of the lack of diversity, Hollywood opted for more established actors. Also, the movie wasn't good as a baseline, so who cares?