Casting call: Making the right decision

Every now and again, you praise casting directors for making the absolutely right, spot on decision. Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius is one such example while Christopher Lee as Saruman is another.

The casting is so successful that you can’t imagine anyone else in the role, and heaven forbid a remake is made.

After watching the delightful Morning Glory for the first time recently, I came to this decision about Harrison Ford. Ford takes on the role of Mike Pomeroy, a distinguished, hard-hitting journalist who has been forced to ‘lower’ himself to the fluffy entertainment world of morning television.

While Ford’s performance won’t be remembered with as much passion as his turns as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard, Morning Glory is an example of a great casting decision.

Rachel McAdams is the film’s protagonist, Becky Fuller. In her role as an eager and hard-working TV producer given the difficult task of turning a failing show around, McAdams was enjoyable to watch. However, there are a number of actresses I can think of who would have also given strong performances; Amy Adams is the first who comes to mind.

Arguably the role that required the least amount of the casting director’s time to fill was that of Fuller’s boyfriend, a colleague who works on a different show. Patrick Wilson took the role but, due to the nature of the character, an unknown could have filled it equally well too.

In which film do you think the casting director got it spot on? Which character can’t you see played by anyone else?

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