The Internet was not impressed with the news that Ben Affleck would play Batman in Zack Snyder’s “Batman vs. Superman.” Affleck is not in the minority. Here are some other casting choices that caused controversy.
Liz & Dick (2012)
When Lindsay Lohan took on role of La Liz in Lifetime’s “Liz & Dick” biopic, Taylor fans were frantic for rematch. Despite being a hit on social media, the show was not a ratings coup for the network.
Wuthering Heights (1939)
MGM Studio chief Sam Goldwyn thought Lawrence Oliver was “too ugly” to play Heathcliff in “Wuthering Heights.”
George Cukor — “Gone with the Wind”
This seemingly unending game of director’s chairs also took place during the filming of another 1939 classic, “Gone with the Wind.” Although he spent two years in pre-production, George Cukor was let go three weeks into filming after having left “Oz” to steer “Wind.” Cukor reportedly butted heads with producer David O. Selznick over the script and production rate. Victor Fleming was pulled away from “Oz” to take over on the movie, which was far behind schedule. The grueling work hours caused Fleming to suffer a nervous breakdown after 10 weeks. Although Sam Wood completed the final scenes, Fleming received sole credit as he made the most sizable contribution.
The Graduate (1967)
Life magazine insulted Dustin Hoffman’s looks and scoffed at his suitability to play Benjamin in “The Graduate.” The film earned him his first of seven Oscar nominations.
The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
EW deemed Jennifer Love Hewitt’s turn as Audrey Hepburn to be “extravagantly overreaching” and the TV biopic she also produced a “vanity production,” while fans protested the casting online. The film has a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
The world wasn’t ready for novice thesp Klinton Spilsbury to take on the iconic role of “The Lone Ranger” in the 1981 film and it would prove to be his only film credit.
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Jerry Bruckheimer has reported that the studio execs on the first “Pirates of the Caribbean couldn’t figure out Johnny Depp’s effete, unsteady-on-his-feet Jack Sparrow. His take on the role proved monumentally popular but …
The Lone Ranger (2013)
… When Depp stuck a dead crow on his head and decided he might be American Indian enough to play Tonto in the misfortunate “The Lone Ranger,” perhaps someone needed to ask what he was thinking.
Fifty Shades of Grey (2014)
If “Sons of Anarchy” hunk Charlie Hunnam is cast in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” some peoples’ fantasies will be fulfilled, others dashed.
Beyond the Sea (2004)
Kevin Spacey is reaping kudos in “House of Cards,” but nearly a decade ago at age 45, he fulfilled a personal fantasy to play 21-year-old (to-37-year-old) music star Bobby Darin in a film he also produced. The pic made no “Splash” and notices were no “Dream.”
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Author Anne Rice condemned the casting of the “Top Gun” hunk as Lestat in the film adaptation of her novel, only to change her tune after seeing the finished product.