Everyone has their favourite film that they re-watch periodically, soaking up its delicious drama, action or comedy. The reason for a film’s rise is often that one particular character is portrayed so flawlessly, that they gain a seat in our minds as a real person. For this, we have to thank those who are in charge of casting a film, those who spot the actor’s potential long before they step into the character. We have come up with a list of 10 casting decisions that we think are absolutely inspired. Of course, this list is purely subjective, so feel free to let us know your own suggestions.
1. Andy Serkis as Gollum (The Lord of the Rings trilogy). In order to play the famous hater of “Hobbitses”, Andy Serkis had to wear a motion-capture suit. So, while we don’t see the man himself on-screen, the movements and mannerisms are definitely his. He has managed to create a very memorable character, who is grotesque at times, yet tugs at our heart-strings at others. It takes a lot of skill to pull this off and this is why we have credited Andy with the top honour. He will return as Gollum in the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
2. Heath Ledger as The Joker (The Dark Knight). Who can forget Heath Ledger’s performance in the centre of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. His portrayal of The Joker is so disturbingly entertaining, that it forces its way into your memories. The Joker was undoubtedly the best character in that film and possibly in every comic book film ever made.
3. Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones (all the Indiana Jones films). Indy is an institution, whether it is the recognisable soundtrack or the fascinating archaeological locations. However, the centrepiece of these films is obviously the hat-wearing, whip-cracking man himself. Harrison Ford plays the timeless character flawlessly, leaping around with gusto and conveying the impression of his limitless knowledge just right.
4. Sigourney Weaver as Ripley (Alien). The first Alien film set a precedent against which sci-fi flicks were judged for some time. It contains some bitingly memorable scenes and has inspired countless parodies. Sigourney Weaver’s character Ripley is the ultimate strong woman, who is prepared to do what it takes to survive, even if what it takes is fighting a huge flailing alien and saving the life of a cat. Her performance earned her a BAFTA award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Role and she appeared in a total of four films in the Alien franchise.
5. Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) – Audrey Hepburn’s performance as Holly Golightly is generally considered to be her most memorable. The image of her holding that cigarette holder, dressed up oh-so-glamorously is without a doubt one of the most iconic images of 20th Century American cinema.
6. Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman (American Psycho). He is best known for playing Christopher Nolan’s Batman, however before he was a mask-wearing vigilante of the night, he played another rich, suit-wearing character with a (slightly more disturbing) hidden identity. As Patrick Bateman, Bale is terrifyingly calm at times, and at others he is just plain terrifying. He gets the creepy psychological thrills just right and carries the film into cult classic status.
7. Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). Rapace gives a gripping performance in the 2009 version of this film. Her character is fascinatingly complicated and she gets it spot on, being the main reason for the critical acclaim the film received.
8. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster). When Miss Theron stepped into the shoes of the famous serial killer, she took on a very different look to the glamorous actress we know today. She gained 30 pounds and had to wear prosthetic teeth, to transform herself into an unattractive, mentally ill woman. Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress, the SAG Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.
9. Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone (The Godfather). Director Francis Ford Coppola was so impressed with Marlon Brando’s screen-test, that he put a lot of effort into persuading Paramount Studios to cast the temperamental actor. They finally relented and he played the crime family head perfectly.
10. Sean Connery as James Bond (Bond films 1962-67, ’71, ’83). Mr. Connery was the first man to step into the polished shoes of the British spy, with Dr. No. He had all the necessary qualities, he was suave, enigmatic, and most importantly, he nailed those witty one-liners. Many actors have since tried on the dinner jacket and cuff-links for size, however Connery is so far the most quintessential Bond we could imagine.
There are so many more films out there that are memorable for one reason or another and there are also plenty of new ones yet to come out. The new James Bond adventure, Skyfall with Daniel Craig, jumps into cinemas today and there is a certain hotly anticipated vampire flick, going by the name of Twilight Breaking Dawn 2, coming out on 16th November.
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