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Not sure I've mentioned this one before, but Steve Martin in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Used to be one of my favourite films, one I'd watch every year or so, but each viewing makes me squirm more and more at his pathetic overacting. Granted he's playing a clown, but there's such a word as finesse... Now I can't watch it anymore, despite Michael Caine's brilliance. It's ripe for a re-make...


Be careful what you wish for... the remake!!! I love Rebel Wilson, but this was dire... The whole film was predictable, with not an ounce of the class that the original had (Steve Martin notwithstanding...)
 

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We almost got Nicolas Cage as Superman .

One of the late nigh comedy show did a parody called Leaving Metropoli, which was spoof of Leaving Las Vegas . It stared Nicolad Cage as drunken Superman.:D
 

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Sofia Coppola in The Godfather Part III
Shelley Duvall in The Shining
Jack Nicholson in Batman (though this is probably not a popular sentiment)
 

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I think this was a TV movie (or an episode of a police series) about a mismatched married couple that I watched in the 1970s...

Alcoholic wife - Mrs Walton
Wife beating cop - Captain Kirk
 

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I haven't read through the whole thread but has anyone mentioned the habit of white actors who toke on Asian roles in days gone by? like Micky Rooney's stellar turn as Japanese neighbour Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's - or Boris Karlof (who I love dearly) as a somewhat cringe-making Chinese detective Mr Wong. ETC.
 

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I haven't read through the whole thread but has anyone mentioned the habit of white actors who toke on Asian roles in days gone by? like Micky Rooney's stellar turn as Japanese neighbour Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's - or Boris Karlof (who I love dearly) as a somewhat cringe-making Chinese detective Mr Wong. ETC.
And at least for Mickey Rooney [I have not see the Boris Karlof role], when it such a stereotypical and frankly offensive portrayal. Even as a kid [when I didn't know what Holly Golightly really did for her living] I felt like a really bum note in the film. Apparently Rooney was a pal of Blake Edwards...
 

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The Breakfast at Tiffany's thing is hideous. Played for broad brush-stoke, racial stereotype comedy subplot laughs. At least Karlof as Wong, Lorre as Mr Moto, and Werner Orland as Charlie Chan were playing the lead/hero and proved themselves the smartest cookie in the jar - with the bumbling comedy relief cops usually played by white actors.
 

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Nicholas Cage in the Wicker man (Not the Bees!)
Marisa Tomei as Aunt May
Keanu reeves in Dracula
Robert Downey Jr - Doctor Doolittle
Robert De Niro - Frankenstein
Vince Vaughan as Norman Bates
Johnny Depp - willie wonka
 

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Nicholas Cage in the Wicker man (Not the Bees!)
Marisa Tomei as Aunt May
Keanu reeves in Dracula
Robert Downey Jr - Doctor Doolittle
Robert De Niro - Frankenstein
Vince Vaughan as Norman Bates
Johnny Depp - willie wonka

Oh I beg to differ! I thought De Niro as the creature did a pretty good job in an otherwise totally bonkers piece of plops.
 

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Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot.

Don’t get me wrong; he’s done a brilliant job as director on those films; Murder on the Orient Express, for example, relies on a twist ending which is probably one of the most famous twist endings in the world, so many kudos to him for making a good movie out of it. That said, he shouldn’t have played the detective himself. His appearance is all wrong; Poirot is short and green-eyed, has an egg-shaped head, and a meticulously curled moustache. Branagh’s Poirot has a moustache, but I don’t see how it’s meticulously curled; the rest of the qualities are utterly missing. As David Suchet proves, it isn’t an impossible request to have a Poirot that looks the part (he even got the egg-shaped head part down, which is probably the most difficult part of the description). Worse than that, though, his “Belgian” accent sounds exactly like Inspector Clouseau’s “French” accent—but Peter Sellers was ridiculous on purpose, whereas Branagh is making serious movies. Watching his performance, I half expected him to declare that "the case is solv-ed!"

Again, the movies are otherwise great movies and I do recommend them, but there is that one flaw that I just cannot ignore.
 

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