Ten Examples of PERFECT Casting.
You know what’s boring? These lists? Why they all have the same actors on every list. Now I do have a few “obvious” examples here, but I also have a few options on here that I think deserve a little more respect.
Stephen Boyd as Messala in Ben Hur.
You can see it all. You buy his friendship with Judah, and you totally buy his turn to the dark side. When he becomes the villain, you can still see that he was a good person at one point in his life. You see that he is actually deciding to be evil to impress everyone. Stephen Boyd crushes this role.
Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood
This one is just obvious! This character arc is phenomenal! You see him rise to power and once he’s there, you see this man become an animal. A wild animal, and you believe every moment of it! Every word out of his mouth is perfectly delivered. He swept every award with role, and it’s clear why.
Paul Dano as Dwayne Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
Oh my goodness! A lot of times, you can credit a great performance to great writing. While this film has a remarkable screenplay, there isn’t much for Dano to work with. He just has to sit there and look miserable for a majority of the film, but he does that masterfully. The way he carries himself, the way he writes, and just the way that he looks at people with disdain. He’s pretty awesome! When he start talking, he’s still the same character! Also, Dano just looks the part. Perfect casting.
Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson in Birdman
Perhaps this film is a little more autobiographical for Keaton, but you know what? He’s fantastic in this movie. I feel like this movie would REALLY suffer without Keaton. I can’t imagine anyone else in that role. Keaton nailed it!
Elias Koteas as Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Come on! Koteas is the only Casey Jones! He’s the coolest character in Ninja Turtle lore. Hands down. From the physicality, to the line delivery, Koteas was born to play this role. I would really love to know how much of his lines were improvised, because I have a feeling that it was a majority.
Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange
Look at that face! He just looks like he’s up to no good. He is so despicable in the first act of this movie, but you still want to see what he’s going to do next. He’s a fascinating character for sure, but for me…McDowell crushes the performance after his character goes through the Ludovico Technique. When people are beating him up, you feel bad for him. HOW COULD YOU FEEL BAD FOR HIM?! I’ll tell you how, with a masterful performance!
Bill Murray as Steve Zissou in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Subdued to the point of brilliance! Murray will having you laughing and then shedding a tear. He totally embodies this sorrow filled adventurer. A sorrowful adventurer: Only Murray could pull that off!
Henry Thomas as Elliott in E.T
I never cry. Every time I watch this movie, I weep. I credit that to Thomas’ performance. Henry is so honest in this movie. Bear in mind that he is this films star! This kid is the star of one of the best movies ever made and he is a major factor of why that is.
Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds
BINGO!! HOW FUN!!!! But I digress. Anyway. You knew that this was going to make the list. He’s perfect.
Robin Williams as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting
Mel Gibson was supposed to direct this film, and he was supposed to play Sean Maguire. Gibson was taking too long to commit to the film, so he eventually quit. The script eventually went to Williams and then he won an Academy award. If you haven’t seen this movie…it’s not your fault.
So I know I left out a few greats (Ledger as the Joker) but who else do you think deserves more recognition?