The Most Controversial Casting Decisions of All Time

Jacob Shelton By Jacob Prefers Ledger To Nicholson 12k votes 1.6k voters 1.1M views 28 items tags f p @
Casting can be controversial, whether it's whitewashing, race-switching, or picking anyone to play Batman.  When it comes to film adaptations, most die-hard fans have an actor in mind that they think would be perfect for our favorite role. More often than not, such casting dreams are dashed to bits on the rocks of Hollywood, leaving us to pick up the pieces and scream to the heavens (or Twitter) about what could have been.

Seemingly every major casting decision lately is at least a little bit contentious, with actors like Michael B. Jordan and Ben Affleck kicking up dust over their comic book movies. Internet denizens weren’t happy and they took to social media to express their wrath in 140 characters. But it’s not just superhero films that provide fodder for casting arguments: since the '30s, there have been fan backlashes about the actors picked to portray beloved characters from fiction. With this list we’ve picked some of the most controversial casting choices ever.

When it comes to casting a major studio film, we don’t know the ins and outs of the system, but we do know that probably shouldn’t go out of your way to anger loyalists on the Internet, which is exactly what all the decisions on this list did. Of course, plenty of these actors ended up creating the definitive takes on their characters after all the hubbub.

Check out the list of the most controversial casting decisions of all time, if you think you can handle all the venom.
Collection Photo: Disney, Paramount, New Line Cinema
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