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Old 23-11-2012, 22:50
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I have always felt that the part of Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction was perfectly played by Samuel L Jackson. His accent was authoritative and he really positioned himself into the role of a working class African American from Inglewood to the extent of complete plausibility. His performance was so believable that you imagine what Jules Winnfield's past was like and what his future would have been.

You could envisage Jules coming from a religious deprived and potentially violent background growing up in Inglewood and it was inevitable that he would end up in a life of crime. What was also interesting about Jules' character was that he was also intelligent and well read which is why he had the insight to leave his job as a hit man after he was nearly killed to which he called 'divine intervention.' That is where Jackson's brilliance as an actor came in, because whenever you see him in interviews he is very eloquent, intelligent and humorous which are also characteristics of Winnfield himself.

Is there any other roles that anyone can suggest where you just could not imagine any other actor playing the role than the one who was actually cast? It can be because physical attributes, voice, accent or dialect, acting style or even any actor's that you may know a lot about and felt that they may have brought their own personal experiences to the role? Any suggestions welcome?
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Old 23-11-2012, 23:44
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I personally find it hard for any character to be portrayed by any other actor, because I become accustomed to the way it's done by whoever does it.

Regardless of that though, here are a couple:

- Richard Harris as Dumbledore. Maybe that's because I can compare it to Michael Gambon's inferior performances, but to me Harris WAS Dumbledore.

- Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.

- Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone.
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Old 24-11-2012, 00:15
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Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa and Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley come to mind.
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Old 24-11-2012, 00:34
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AJ playing Lara Croft. She was born for that role.

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Old 24-11-2012, 00:50
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John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich.
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Old 24-11-2012, 02:32
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Tobin Bell as John/ Jigsaw in the Saw series. I can't think of anyone else who could've made me root for him while being horrified at the same time.

Every role Gary Oldman has done.
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Old 24-11-2012, 06:33
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I'm looking forward to seeing Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.

Alan Rickman as Professor Snape
Emma Thompson as Professor Trelawney
Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher
Marion Coitillard as Edith Piaf
Rowan Atkinson as any vicar
Also Holliday Grainger in Great Expectations is exactly how I imagined Estella Havisham.
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Old 24-11-2012, 07:12
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Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa and Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley come to mind.
Stallone was actually the first choice for Axel Foley
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Old 24-11-2012, 09:05
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Peter falk as columbo
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Old 24-11-2012, 10:14
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Helen Mirren as The Queen
Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf
Julia Roberts as Vivian in Pretty Woman
Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic
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Old 24-11-2012, 10:53
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Dunst as Justine in Meloncholia. Cruz was penciled in for the role. Hard to imagine how differently that movie would have turned out!?
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Old 24-11-2012, 11:41
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Lee Marvin as Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen
Arnie as The Terminator
Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry
And they all got those roles after other actors turned them down or were rejected.
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Old 24-11-2012, 13:11
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[b]Helen Mirren as The Queen[\b]
Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf
Julia Roberts as Vivian in Pretty Woman
Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic
I was thinking about this one last night and I actually thought her performance was kinda overrated. I think that Colin Firth in The King's Speech was way better.
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Old 24-11-2012, 13:29
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Arnie in Terminator.
Downey JR Iron Man
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Old 24-11-2012, 14:02
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Patrick stewart - Professor Xavier
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Old 24-11-2012, 15:30
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Clint Eastwood would have made a great Judge Dredd, apparently Judge Dredd was inspired by Dirty Harry.
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Old 24-11-2012, 18:28
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Peter O'Toole as T.E Lawrence.
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Old 24-11-2012, 19:30
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I always though the role Arnie was born to play was Tarzan, especially when he was swinging through the jungle in Predator.
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Old 24-11-2012, 19:33
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Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator.

Who else could play a monosyllabic, emotionless robot better than Arnie?
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Old 24-11-2012, 23:47
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Adrien Brody in The Pianist - one of the best performances I've seen this year (yes, I'm behind the curve!)
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Old 24-11-2012, 23:59
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Keiko was born to play Willy.
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Old 25-11-2012, 00:53
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Lee Marvin as Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen
Arnie as The Terminator
Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry
And they all got those roles after other actors turned them down or were rejected.
Who was initially chosen to play The Terminator?
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Old 25-11-2012, 00:58
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just saw "Lincoln" yesterday. Could not imagine anybody else. Daniel Day Lewis was magnificent. Tear worthy!

another:
Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.
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Old 25-11-2012, 01:20
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Sandra Bullock in the blind side, thought she performed it superbly & it was made for her
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Old 25-11-2012, 02:12
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Who was initially chosen to play The Terminator?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088247/trivia

Apparently OJ Simpson. (Considered, not chosen).
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