Which actor crushed a role so hard that nobody else will be able to live up to it?

Which actor crushed a role so hard that nobody else will be able to live up to it?


Raul Julia as Gomez Addams


John C. McGinley as Dr Cox.


It's absolutely criminal that he never got an Emmy for that role. I still maintain that Dr. Cox is one of the most complex characters to ever appear on television. He's a self-righteous, depressed, borderline alcoholic jackass who nonetheless feels an incredible sense of duty to his patients and the practice of medicine in general. He thinks that he's Superman, and simultaneously loves and despises that idea. Scrubs usually focuses on how much the younger cast like JD, Elliot, and Turk grow over the series, but if you look at Cox - the way he mentors JD, builds a successful relationship with Jordan, deals with the death of his best friend, and becomes a father - he grows just as much. God I love that character.


I've teared up twice watching scrubs: Bens funeral and the end of My Lunch. McGinley really sells the emotional part of his character incredibly well, seeing this man break down breaks my heart.


It’s *crazy* how hard Ben’s death hits so many people (myself included). We only see the guy in like 2 episodes, we shouldn’t care about him that much. But the execution is so perfect, they created the ultimate gut punch with the reveal.


I think it's because we never got to see Dr. Cox care about somebody like that before. The closest people would probably be Jordan and Carla, but his relationship with them is very different - this is the first time we actually see Cox being *friends* with someone. Combine that with Brendan Fraser's stellar acting and innate, goofy likeability, and we're emotionally invested right from the get-go.


Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall


So good that I can actually hear her delivering lines from the book that I know never made it into the film's.,"have a biscuit Potter"


"Potter, take Weasley with you. He looks far too happy over there." Makes me LOL every time.


Hugh Jackman as Wolverine... Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man Andy Serkis as Gollum Alan Rickman as Severus Snape Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins Gary Oldman as Dracula


Christian Bale in American Psycho


Your compliment was sufficient Luis


Kept scrolling hoping to see this. That Huey Lewis and the News scene is iconic.


Jessica Walter in Arrested Development ( and Archer) .. her mean mom character dynamic is gold




Go see a Star War.


Malory won't ever be the same without her. I'm sure they'd retire the character. I'm sad about it.


Madeline Kahn as Mrs. White




Fun fact that she improvised that line.


Andre the giant in The Princess Bride


I would like to follow up with everyone that was cast in The Princess Bride. There is no way to remake that movie. It is magical.


Buttercup and Humperdink both were cast by fine actors who did a good job at the roles. Wesley, Fezzik, Inigo, Vizzini, and Rugen were pure magic. Even small parts like the grandfather, grandson, Miracle Max and his wife were rather brilliant. Checking imdb, it looks like the casting was done by Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins who among many other credits also did the casting for Home Alone, Beetlejuice, Jurassic Park, A Few Good Men, Mrs. Doubtfire and Harry Potter.


You're right. To remake that movie would be inconceivable.


You keep using that word. In this case, I'm certain it means what you think it means.


Louise fletcher as Nurse Ratched in one flew over the cuckoos nest


Leslie Nielsen as frank drebin.


And Frank Drebin as Enrico Palatzzo.


"Who are you, and how did you get in here?!" "I'm a locksmith, and... I'm a locksmith"


Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn. Best book to movie translation for a character I’ve ever seen.


He definitely got the look down pat. I remember, when I first saw the trailers, thinking "that guy looks like a Ranger," as in the D&D archetype. Then a moment later I realized that's exactly what Aragorn was called in the book...


Val Kilmer in Tombstone. ​ Amazing Doc Holliday! ​ Every once in a while there's a role that it seems like the actor was born to play. There's really not another role that compares in his career.


Johnny I apologize, I forgot you were there...


Christopher Lee as basically anything


It's a shame they used comics and books to flesh out Dooku. I would have loved to have seen Christopher Lee bring more life to such a complex character that basically got memed.


I liked his lightsaber. He had the hilt made to look like a fencing sword since he’s a fencer and even gives the Jedi a fencing greeting


My brother always said that using a lightsaber like a fencer would make much more sense that all the ridiculous twirling about. It's a laser. It doesn't matter how hard you swing it, it'll still burn their face.


Imagine if you could flick though


Wasn't the lightsaber hilt choice Lee's suggestion? Like Samuel L Jackson and his asking for a purple lightsaber?


Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music


Ron Swanson.


There is no Nick Offerman, there is only Ron Swanson, and Duke Silver.


This is a funny comment considering how little Ron and Nick's personality overlap. Nick even sings a song where he says one of the only things he and Ron have in common is that they're both attracted to women who look like Megan Mullally.


I watched him on a late night show and the host asked him something about being manly or advice on it. He went on to explain he was a drama geek and sounded as if he doesn't consider himself particularly "manly" IRL. No one else could play Ron in my eyes. I mean Eagleton Ron could act like Pawnee Ron instead of like a hippy and it would probably be pretty decent.


To be honest, Sam Elliott playing a hippie is pretty fucking hilarious in almost any context.


Ron Swanson: "Name?" Ron Dunn: “Ron.” Ron Swanson: “Last name?” Ron Dunn: "Dunn.” Ron Swanson: "Is that your name or are you telling me you’re finished talking?” Ron Dunn: “Both.” Ron Swanson: “Dunn and done."




not a doctor. shhhh.


Bring me all the bacon and eggs you have.


Hold on. I'm concerned that you might have heard, "bring me a lot of bacon and eggs."


What I SAID was,


"__*bring me all the bacon and eggs you have*__"


Hugh Jackman as Wolverine


Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.


Gene Wilder in every role of his. There are so few actors out there that could be so funny with such an air of dignity about them. The boat scene in Willy Wonka simply could not be pulled off by anyone else.


Young Frankenstein is a masterpiece.


My jaw hit the floor when I found out Gene Wilder was the one who wrote Young Frankenstein himself and showed it to Mel Brooks. What a genius.


Blazing Saddles was the first movie that my parents allowed me to wstch that had adult humor in it. And im not talking about thr campfire scenes either. Gene Wilder as the Kid.... Great.


And Mel didn't even want to give it to him, he didn't think Gene was right for the part. The original actor had to be replaced after the first day of shooting and Gene stepped up and did it.


>Wilder absolutely loved Brooks’ idea for a spoof on movie Westerns. And, Wilder definitely wanted to be in the movie, playing the Waco Kid. >“The writers had done something remarkable, in that they’ve smashed racism in the face, and its nose is bleeding,” Wilder said “But they’re doing it while you laugh.” >But Brooks just couldn’t see Wilder, who brilliantly played the mousy, neurotic accountant Leo Bloom in “The Producers,” transforming himself into the Waco Kid. >When Brooks and Wilder met in New York for a “Young Frankenstein” writing session, Brooks tried to squelch Wilder’s Waco Kid hopes: “No, I need an older guy — someone who could look like an over-the-hill alcoholic.” >Brooks said his first choice was veteran actor and song-and-dance man Dan Dailey. He liked Dailey’s older leathery face, as well as the fact that Dailey was known as one of Hollywood’s best horsemen. >Brooks told Wilder: “You’re too young, you can’t play the Waco Kid. I need an old alky, a guy with lines in his face. You know, an old man.” >Wilder continued to insist he could do it: “I love this guy. I can do it.” >But Brooks gave him a final “no” and promised they would work together again. “Blazing Saddles is not it,” Brooks said. >The next day Brooks took off for Los Angeles to start filming “Blazing Saddles,” and Wilder got back to work on the “Young Frankenstein” script. >Wilder then was offered a part in a film version of Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s classic fable, “The Little Prince.” >Meanwhile, the casting process was not going well for Brooks. Dailey loved the part, but said his bad eyesight would make it unsafe for him to ride horses. >Brooks tried to think of someone else who could credibly play the part of the worn-out gunfighter. He approached John Wayne, then nearing the end of his epic career. Wayne likewise loved the script and said he’d be first in line to see it, but declined to participate, saying “This is too dirty. I’m John Wayne.” >Brooks then approached “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson, who also said no, before settling on Academy Award-winning actor Gig Young. Young had long been known as the handsome, urbane second leading man in Doris Day comedies, but he won his Oscar for playing a sleazy 1930s dance marathon emcee in 1969’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They.” >He was also known around Hollywood to have a serious drinking problem. >Brooks thought, “He’s an old alky, great.” >On the first morning of filming, Cleavon Little and Young began shooting the jail cell scene, where their two characters meet. >Young, however, was reportedly going through withdrawal for his alcoholism. >Brooks recalled, “We draped Gig Young’s legs over and hung him upside down. And he started to talk and he started shaking. I said, ‘This guy’s giving me a lot. He is giving plenty. He’s giving me the old alky shake. Great.’ And then it got serious, because the shaking never stopped, and green stuff started spewing out of his mouth and nose, and he started screaming. And, I said, ‘That’s the last time I’ll ever cast anybody who really is that person.’ If you want an alcoholic, don’t cast an alcoholic… Anyway, poor Gig Young, it was the first shot on Friday, nine in the morning, and an ambulance came and took him away. I had no movie.” >Brooks had to stop production and needed a new Waco Kid ASAP. That’s when he finally relented and called Wilder, who was set to fly off to London to begin filming “The Little Prince.” >Wilder couldn’t refuse the opportunity to play the part he really wanted and was on a morning flight the next day. >“On Monday morning, eight o’clock, he was hanging upside down,” Brooks said. “We only lost a half a day, because I’d covered with Cleavon the other half of that first day — his close-ups, his entrance. Gene just hooked his boots, hung down and said, ‘Are we black?'” >Brooks continued: “He saved my life, because he’s not only a genius actor, but he’s a good friend. And he never said, ‘I told you so.’ I wanted an old alky. I got a young Jew from New York — and he was magnificent.”


Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge. Umbridge sucked in the books, but in the movies she turned Umbridge into a character that you just don't like into one that you hate with a burning passion.


She was sooo annoying I LOVE IT lmao She really did nail the part


I’m surprised people aren’t also mentioning Maggie Smith as McGonagall in that same series


Also Alan Rickman as Professor Snape. I can't even picture anyone else playing that role. He's exactly what I pictured reading the books as a kid and the way he delivers his lines is perfect.


If an actress manages to make her character the most hated in a franchise (more so than the main villain), you know she made a damn great job.


Can't recall where I read this, but a while back I came across someone explaining why she was worse: Voldemort is a monster, but we don't get a lot of straight-up monsters in our day-to-day lives. Whereas almost everyone has met an Umbridge, someone with power (even just the smallest piece of it) who enjoys being petty and cruel just for the sake of it, for the pleasure it gives them. She exists outside the books in so many ways, whereas Voldemort just...doesn't.


Yes! Voldemort is a psychopathic genocidal maniac, Umbridge is the Head of HR.


Head of the HOA.


It was that giggle. ^tee ^hee


I've only seen the movies once, but I can still hear that little giggle noise and it still raises my blood pressure




Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice


“Ah. Well... I attended Juilliard... I'm a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I've seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A **HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT**"


Not to mention you're taking to a DEAD guy, so what do YOU think?! ...ya think I'm qualified?




Honk Honk!


My bothers and I would recite this line constantly as kids.


When I was 3-4 my older brother convinced me run out in the middle of a family party and yell “Nice fucking model” while honk honking. Good memories




I recently watched Mr Mom(for the first time), he was so good and funny in that movie.


Watch Multiplicity!! He plays 4 different versions of the same character, he's just brilliant!




She took that role and made it her Bebe.


I don’t know what’s better her vocabulary or her wardrobe




In the lee of a picturesque ridge lies a small, unpretentious winery, one that pampers its fruit like its own babies. Hi, I’m Moira Rose, and if you love fruit wine as much as I do, then you’ll appreciate the craftsmanship and quality of a local vintner who brings the musk melon goodness to his oak Chardonnay, and the dazzling peach cral-bapple to his Riesling Rioja. Come taste the difference good fruit can make in your wine. You’ll remember the experience and you’ll remember the name. Herb Erfling … ger. Burt Herngeif. Irv Herb-blinger. Bing Livehaanger. Liveling. Burt Herkurn. Ban bingo ling-fucker!




Catherine O'Hara in every role she ever played!


Where is bebe’s chamber?


I love this one because it introduced her to an entirely new audience that was either not old enough or not... fringe comedy enough? to know her work otherwise.


And then we all realized she was the mom on "Home Alone."


"What about the Bebe?"


Schitt’s Creek has top notch casting and writing, but Catherine as Moira is just perfection.


Christopher Lloyd as Doc in Back to the Future


It's the role he was born to play.


Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in *Back to the Future* is another one as well. They literally shot half of the movie with a different actor (Eric Stoltz) and it just wasn't working. They had to start shooting the movie over from the very beginning. It was a bet that definitely paid off, though.


Crispin Glover as George McFly was fucking brilliant. He absolutely nailed the nerdy creepy teenager/dad persona lol.


he's kind of slow burn actor, MJF was brilliantly a man of his time


Honestly, I don't think there was ever a movie I didn't enjoy Michael J. Fox in. Even the one where he was able to see ghosts. He MADE that movie awesome for me growing up


Tom Hanks as Woody in Toy Story. Other characters I feel could be replaced quite easily. Tim Allen is obviously brilliant as Buzz, but it's a pretty standard Captain Kirk inspired space captain performance. But I just can't imagine Tom Hanks' manic, neurotic Woody being played by anyone else. It's really impressive to see a screen actor do such a good job as a voice over too. A lot of them end up sucking, because cartoons require pretty big , exaggerated performances for them to work, and actors can seem to either do it or not.


Danny Trejo as Machete.


I’m pretty sure Machete was just a film crew following around Danny Trejo on a Tuesday.


Run of the mill documentary


He woke up one morning and thought "Today is the day i ride a rocket" and dammit he did it!


Tim Curry, Frank N Furter. Anyone else in the role knows they never live up to that sexy god of a man. ‘I can make you a man’ is the most brilliant filthy scene to appear on cinema screens while people aren’t nude :/


Tim Curry as anything. Furter, Wasdworth, Hexxus, Cherdenko, all gold


Long John Silver!


"Upstage, lads! This is my only number." Muppet treasure island is incredible.


Clue is my "I'm having a bad day and need to not think too hard" movie. When trying to get people to watch it, I usually go "if you like jokes, you'll have to like at least one of the jokes in this movie. The entire runtime is just jokes, going so fast that you'll probably notice 1 in 10 the first time you watch it.


The movie wouldn't be as good if you changed any of the casting. It's my favorite ensemble cast.


I thought I was 100% straight, but after Rocky Horror I learned I was just a little bi-Curry-ous.


Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Goldblum


I joke that Jeff Goldblum doesn't act. He just sorta shows up on set after leafing through the script and makes it work with his awkward charm.


Maybe he's just always acting.


I kinda get that vibe from him whenever I see interviews with him. Seems he’s a caricature of himself.


Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley


The best part of Alien and Aliens. The hero is a woman and no one cares. Anyone man or woman would follow Ripley to the ends of the earth.


Ian McKellen is ~~the one true Gandalf~~ *both* true Gandalfs.


To he honest all the core cast of LoTR are amazing.


Like every single part is cast and played so well


Can you believe the part of Aragorn almost went to nicholas cage. Ok so a slight edit, nicolas cage wasnt ever far in the process, he was just one of the first choices the studio had and I believe it got as far as talking about a contract but he had other movies to participate in.


Can you believe that Gandalf was almost played by Sean Connery. I find that more surprising than Nicky Cage as Aragorn edit to say: “You shall not pash”


They offered Connery a cut of what the movie would have made. Had he accepted, Connery would have made ~$750 MILLION


> both true Gandalfs. It's Gandalves. ftfy


Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator


Weird to think that role almost went to OJ Simpson


He only allegedly terminated people


If the clothes, boots, and motorcycle don’t fit, you must acquit.


*"Give me your sports memorabilia if you want to live"*


James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.


woke up this morning, got some gabagool


What no fucking ziti?


Here's hoping his son can do the role justice


Based on the trailer, I don't think he has the makings of a varsity athlete.


Aww Son of a bitch!




I really can't see anyone else as Hellboy. Ron Pearlman was amazing.


"I'm fire proof. You're not."


Ronald Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket.


I want to add Vincent Donofrio to this list, but I don't know that he "crushes" roles. It's more like he disappears into them.


His performance as the bug controlling Edgar in Men in Black really is impressive.


That was him? Damn. I should rewatch that now. He's also Thor in the Adventures in Babysitting.


I don't think anyone will embody Kingpin like he did, tbh Same with JK Simmons as J Jonah Jameson


"You're so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece"


"Only Steers and Queers come from Texas and you don't look much like a Steer to me, so that kinda narrows it down.." "Do I make you nervous?" "Sir..." "Sir what?! Were you about to call me an ass hole!?"


I bet you could suck a golf ball through a garden hose


"Sir, no, sir!" "How tall are you, private?!" "Sir, five-foot-nine, sir!" "Five-foot-nine, I didn't know they stacked shit that high! You tryin' to squeeze an inch in on me somewhere?! Huh?!" "Sir, no, sir!" "Bullshit! It looks to me like the best part of you ran down the crack of your momma's ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress! I think you've been cheated!" EDIT: to whomever gave this comment a "heartwarming" award, if you think these lines of dialogue were *heartwarming*... oof, I don't know what to say. Thanks, I guess. EDIT2 (five hours later): thanks for all the awards you silly bastards.


“Do you suck dicks?” “Sir,no sir” “Are you a Peter puffer?” “Sir, no sir” “Bullshit, you look like the kinda guy who would fuck a man in the ass and not have the goddamn common courtesy to give him a reach around” Edit: for everyone saying he says suck a golf ball through a garden hose, here is a link to the actual scene https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tHxf17yJsKs


I can hear his words as I read this


did you know they hired another guy to play hartman? ronald lee ermey was just an advisor but after kubrik saw the way he put together an instructional tape he gave him the role


Tim Colceri - he ended up being the helicopter door gunner instead. Some interesting pieces about him online.


His part in FMJ is so messed up “How can you kill women and children?” “Easy! You don’t gotta lead em as much!”


"Colceri became a professional golf player after graduating from college. Three years later, he cut a tendon in his little finger and was forced to find a new profession" damn that's rough


Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean Luc Picard.


Don’t forget John de Lancie as “Q”. Stunning and every episode with them in it was great.


And Brent Spiner as Data. Some of the finest acting in all of television history is performed between the two of them.


Omg the episode where the scientist wants to take data and disassemble him so they have a trial is one of my favorite episodes of TV ever


Measure of a man Basically the premise for the entire Picard series


The inner light is my all time favourite episode of anything. Picard has kids and lets them follow their dreams. The aftermath would of been unrecoverable realistically but. Damn.


Is that the one where the probe basically puts him in a coma and the crew can't get him out. Meanwhile he's dreaming a whole other life which he has trouble accepting. I'm trying to describe it without spoilers even though it's decades old. Man TNG really was great. I couldn't enjoy any other star trek show because they just couldn't compare. Sucks because people say DS9 was great but it just wasn't for me.


Johnny Depp and Captain Jack Sparrow


*Captain* Jack Sparrow


You’re the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of! But you have heard of me!


He also murdered it In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I really believe he must have been on drugs for some of those scenes


Jody Foster as Clarice Starling. I particularly love the scene where she looks at Buffalo Bill’s victim and you hear her voice crack during the first part of the description, where she is looking at tiny personal details like painted fingernails, but then go clinical and determined when she sees the wounds on the girl’s back. Playing badass women often veers either towards emotionless and stalwart, or basically aping a 80s action male role. Foster nailed the emotional vulnerability, ambition, and courage of that character in minute, but profound ways. No one compares.


Absolutely spot on. I don't know SHIT about acting, but I know she was 100% convincing in that role. Right down to the subtle "pure West Virginia" accent that sounded like a person who was trying to NOT sound like she was from West Virginia. So freaking good.


Since you mentioned Silence of the Lambs, how about Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill. His voice was perfect for that part!!!!


And it goes without saying that Anthony Hopkins *nailed* Dr. Hannibal Lecter. There's a reason he won Best Actor despite only being on screen for, what, 16-ish minutes?


Anthony Hopkins does everything so amazingly. If you haven't seen The World's Fastest Indian, you should watch it. It's like a slice of life type movie, definitely a turn from Silence of the Lambs but he's amazing in both.


Hugh Laurie - Dr. House


Hugh Laurie is also a very accomplished blues musician which led to my favorite exchange in Colbert Show history, Hugh(who is British): The blues are the greatest gift America has given to the world. Stephen: Do you know the greatest gift Britain has given the world?... America.


Thats really cool to know considering how many scenes there was of house listening or playing music


Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams.




Yeah no disrespect to John Astin, but Raul Julia was just something extra as Gomez.


It’s two different versions of Gomez. Astin was as campy and eccentric as the show was. Julia was more artful and smooth.


The _entire_ Addams family was impeccably cast.. Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Fester and a special shout out to Joan Cusack as Debbie. Probably up there as my favourite ensemble cast of all time.


The fact that Fester and Doc Brown are both played by Christopher Lloyd blows my mind every time I rewatch either.


What makes that movie great is that every actor absolutely swung for the fences in their roles and nailed it. To have so many over-the-top performances of absolutely batshit crazy characters all land so perfectly is something special


I will also add that the Addams Family spawned the top selling pinball machine of all time. 10,000 units or something. It features voicework by the actual cast and is tons of fun. *That's the spirit Thing, lend a hand*.


Sorry DEBBIE no Mercedes this year… we need to set an example!


But Debbie.... pastels?


All I ever wanted was a Ballerina Barbie in her pretty pink tutu. My birthday, I was 10 and do you know what they got me? *Malibu* Barbie. That's not what I wanted, that's not who I was. I was a ballerina. Graceful, delicate! They had to go.


Brilliant. I love how her action contradicts her words


I like how the Addams are understanding of her rant and even try and raise their hands to say the loved her but can’t because they are chained down.


Ha it's true! When Debbie says they got her Malibu Barbie, Morticia repeats back "*Malibu Barbie?!*" in utter horror


LOL I've seen the movie enough that I read that in her voice, inflections and all. I remember showing the movie to my boyfriend for the first time and he nearly pissed himself laughing at the kid in the wheelchair zooming around the stake, tying the snobby girl to it.


The nightmare, the nerve


Officer, you must issue a subpoena. I believe they own... a BUICK!


Great point. But I will add that EVERY character in that movie was cast perfectly. It might be a masterpiece of casting.


Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and everyone knew it would happen a decade before the first X-Men movie.


He said he was unfamiliar with X-men when they approached him about the role. When they showed him the comics, his first thought was, “Why am I in a comic book that I’ve never heard of?”


Because between him and Sir Ian McKellen, it led to one of the greatest bromances in modern Western history.


I kinda think if they played each other's roles, it would've worked out just as well. Not that they're similar but they're both very good at making the role their own.


I mean, by appearances alone they were already 100% perfectly cast, but we saw that McKellen as Gandalf and Patrick Stewart in Green Room (or Moby Dick even) certainly showed that they can both play the other side of the coin.


John Malkovich in “Being John Malkovich“




My favourite bit of trivia from that film is that Spike Jonze used to stop takes and direct Malkovich by saying, "I don't think John Malkovich would react like that..."


I love the director commentary about the scene where he's just come back out of his own mind and gets nailed with the beer can. "That, is real pain."


Most literal interpretation of the thread premise award.