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19 'Miscast' Actors Who Ended Up Being Perfect For The Role

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Casting a movie or a series is a crucial component of the project's success. Great casting can lead to an incredible product, whereas poor casting can lead to disappointed fans and a plethora of memes. Redditor u/wfpbgoals asked: "Which actor seemed miscast in a role but ended up killing it?" and the responses reminded us how these well-known actors proved everyone wrong. 

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    Heath Ledger In 'The Dark Knight'

    From Redditor u/talibob:

    I mean, I don’t think anyone was expecting Heath Ledger’s Joker to be so incredible.

    From Redditor u/AgentSauce:

    It was such a controversial casting when it was announced. Everyone was scratching their heads. Once the movie came out, not only did he kill it, he exceeded any and all expectations.

    From Redditor u/PokemonMaster619:

    I honestly thought he was gonna suck hard, but MAN am I ecstatic to be proven wrong. He absolutely nailed it, not just as the Joker, but as a fresh take on the Joker. Instead of being silly and goofy, he’s terrifyingly realistic.

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    Bryan Cranston In 'Breaking Bad'

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    From Redditor u/-eDgAR-:

    Bryan Cranston as Walter White. Who would have guessed that Hal from Malcom in the Middle would absolutely kill it in this role.

    From Redditor u/sparkythewondersnail:

    I loved seeing glimpses of Hal in that part. Like the time when he got locked out of the RV in the desert in his tighty-whities and had a brief moment of Hal rage.

    From Redditor u/Rosejam3:

    I can’t think of anyone in Breaking Bad that isn’t perfectly cast, everyone seems perfect for the role.

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    Alan Rickman In 'Harry Potter'

    From Redditor u/filetemyoung:

    Alan Rickman as Snape. Snape was supposed to be a younger, scrawny, greasy looking guy. Rickman didn't really look at all how he was described in the books, but still made a fantastic Snape.

    From Redditor u/solongandthanks4all:

    That's interesting, I so often see him cited as one of the best castings of all time. Didn't realize Snape was meant to be young. That would have really changed the vibe of the character I think.

    From Redditor u/pro-tekt:

    D*mn, I can’t imagine Snape NOT being Alan Rickman.

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    Bruce Willis In 'Die Hard'

    From Redditor u/r1333609:

    Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Before that, he was a normal rom-com guy cast in an action film when most action leads were absolutely shredded. So much so, that the trailers had audiences laughing and they ACTUALLY REMOVED HIM FROM THE POSTER. Needless to say, the rest is history.

    From Redditor u/esoteric_enigma:

    It's funnily what made his role seem more realistic. There were stars like Schwarzenegger who are just cartoonishly ripped in a way real life people just aren't. Bruce Willis embodied a more down to earth believable bad*ss.

    From Redditor u/BulljiveBots:

    Back then, TV actors weren’t also movie actors, and it was considered taboo to go back and forth. If a movie actor went to TV, their career was considered dead. Clearly not the case anymore.

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