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  1. chris winters

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    I was thinking about certain actors cast in roles that are really stretchng the audiences suspension of disbelief. Examples of some would be:

    keanu reeves constantly playing scientific export/hacker types -matrix, johnny pneumonic, chain reaction.

    elizabeth shue in the saint.

    denise richard as the nuclear scientist in, was it tommorow never dies?

    michael keeton as batman-

    steven segall in his more recent ass kicking roles.

    roger moore near the end of his james bond stint

    paul walker in timeline -again as a grad student/scientist

    etc...etc...

    what are some other good ones? especially looking for himbos and bimbos playing normally nerdy/intelligent/smart types, but not exclusively. and also who might have been a better casting choice?
     
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    Steven Seagal may be fat, but he can still kick ass.
     
  3. chris winters

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    so maybe not steven Segall, but any others?
     
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    I will get flame for this but let me say that I'm a big fan of Miranda Otto and Lord of the Rings is my favorite movie of all time.....

    Still, I thought Miranda Otto as Eowyn just didn't come of as someone capable of even holding a sword. She seems so weak and fragile.

    That being said, I'm glad she was casted because otherwise I wouldn't have known her.

    Actually, a lot of actresses being casted as someone that can kick ass got me the "yeah right." Any of the new Charlie Angels girls will do.

    I actually think Michael Keaton was fine. I think of his ability as more psychotic kind of deal. Freakist strength from a disturbed man [​IMG].
     
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    This, of course, is highly debatable in light of the extensive use of stunt doubles in his nearly all of his last six or seven pictures, including EXIT WOUNDS, where he's doubled in one scene by what appears to be a small Asian man. Most of the movies between that and the recent BELLY OF THE BEAST rely far more on that up-close slappy-slappy stuff some fans still mistake for martial arts because it's so blurry and fast.

    That said, he belongs on a list like this if for no other reason than his performance as a virologist (or was he an immunologist?) in THE PATRIOT (1998).

    He's still got that menacing face, no denying, but I've come to realize that's just the nerve-deadened shape of his face more than any innate ability to channel menace.

    Still, his straight-to-video flicks are worth a chuckle.
     
  6. Ben Osborne

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    How about Humphrey Bogart as a guy that women instantly swoon over? Regardless of how attractive or unattratctive you consider him, in "The Big Sleep" just about every woman he comes into contact with is in love with him in a matter of seconds, from book store clerks, to waitresses, to taxi drivers. No one is that suave!
     
  7. chris winters

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    woody allen shares that affliction, although thats kinda part of the joke i guess.
     
  8. Mike Brogan

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    Angelina Jolie - an FBI Profiler in "Taking Lives", she's just too 'purdy' to be anything but a model or actress.

    Hayden Christensen - Darth Vader...uh, see above.

    Nicole Kidman - a janitor in "The Human Stain".

    Kate Beckinsdale - A 'death dealer' or some nonsense in "Underwear"...I mean "Underworld".

    John Wayne - As "Ghengis Khan".

    Kevin Costner - As a corn fed Robin Hood.

    And some that DID work:

    Sean Connery - as Russian Submarine Capt. Ramius in "The Hunt for Red October".

    Arnold - as the Terminator (a robot programmed with a thick Austrian accent!).

    John Travolta - in "Pulp Fiction", who knew?

    Charlize Theron - as a homely serial killer in "Monster".

    I'm sure I'll think of more.
     
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    Keaton was the best Batman of the lot.

    One of my favorites was Bruce Willis in Fifth Element... I kept wondering, "did anyone tell this man that the film was a comedy?" Whatever, his bewildered straight bumbling was perfect for the film.

    Leo Kerr
     
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    It seemed like an odd choice at first, but he turned out very good.

    Winona Ryder in "Alien Resurrection" Never seemed like she would fit in an Alien film.
     
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    Which isn't saying much.
     
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    This was addressed in The Bone Collector, where she indicated she was model before she decided to become a cop. [​IMG]
     
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    how about freddie prince jr. as Fred from Scooby Doo [​IMG] hes not even blond! although he is BLAND -badoom boom
     
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    Personally, first thing that came to mind was Ben Affleck in Action Movies.

    I don't have any anti-Affleck thing (he's in too many Kevin Smith movies for me to hate). But I don't buy him as an action star.
     
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    My favorite from the past four years -
    Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones, a nuclear physicist/weapons expert, in The World Is Not Enough....(I prefer to do it as Dr. Evil) .........Riiiiiiight.
     
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    Kate Beckinsale's accent in Van Helsing.

    ...hell, ALL of Van Helsing.
     
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    Jennifer Connely as a scientist in the Hulk. "They're absorbing the ambient energy."
     
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    Han Solo as a professor of archaeology. [​IMG]
     
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    Kevin Costner trying to play tough guy. [​IMG]
     
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    Jack Black in the Green Lantern?
     

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