We tend to grow attached to seeing some of our favorite stars portray certain character types but every once in a while, Hollywood throws us for a loop and casts them as a whole new person. Sometimes the surprise can be pleasant, other times it’s just plain confusing. But either way, the intrigue gets us to the theater. Here is a look at 10 of the most unexpected roles - for better or for worse.
10 Justin Timberlake in Bad Teacher
9 Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
8 Dakota Fanning in The Runaways
7 Ellen Page in Hard Candy
6 Jay Baruchel in Good Neighbors
5 Anna Faris in I Give it a Year
4 Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading
3 Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2 Adam Sandler in Reign Over Me
1 Vince Vaughn in Psycho
Vince Vaughn, as Norman Bates, has to be the most unexpected and out of place casting that ever was. Unfortunately, his role is neither surprisingly pleasant nor well done. The film has been called a shot-for-shot remake, (although this is not a perfect reproduction by any means) which begs the question of - well, why? The film won two Raspberry Awards, Worst Remake and Worst Director. Even in giving the film a positive review, based on its position as an experiment rather than a film per se, Janet Maslin pointed out that the absence of the Perkins-like Bates is the film's greatest weakness. In the original masterpiece, Anthony Perkins brought chills into every room he entered with his uncomfortably misplaced confidence and his unpredictable heaviness. Much of this sense came from his slender non-threatening appearance; the violence he was capable of, far surpassed viewers expectations. Vaughn's enormous stature, however, created just the opposite effect and was subsequently unconvincing. Today he remains in his typical role of comedy.
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