I get disproportionately angry when I feel movies have mis-cast the characters of the books they’re based off. Ie, when the actor portraying the character does not jive with the image I had in my head from reading the book.
Example 1: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone, Jace played by Jamie Campbell Bower
Wrong-o. Sorry kid, but you don’t mesh with what I had in mind for the demi-god that is supposed to be Jace Wayland. My mental picture of Jace includes a tall, well-built gentleman with an air of disdain. Which is why my first choice would have been Chris Zylka, formerly of the TV show The Secret Circle. He would have been perfect. Hmmm….
Or, as another option, Alex Pettyfer. Mr. Pettyfer has been featured in such cinematic excrement as Magic Mike, Beastly and I Am Number Four – sorry, I was very disappointed in all three of those movies. Not with Alex (we’re on a first name basis now) or his performance, but with the story lines and just yuck.
Those two actors, in my opinion, have proven that they can exude the very essence of arrogance and yet keep people coming back for more (costars and obsessed fans alike)
Example 2: Hunger Games, Peeta played by Josh Hutcherson
Not going to lie, the first time I watched the Hunger Games I HATED it. With a fiery passion born of the fires of hell, or at the very least, Mordor. I despised its very existence as well as the fact that it had robbed me of two hours of my life. However, I liked it significantly more after reading the book and now actually can’t wait for the second installment to come out (although I do fear what they’re going to do to the character of Finnick Odair). I think that tells us that something was lost in the translation from page to screen.
One of those things that was lost in translation was Peeta.
Peeta, the son of a baker was supposed to be physically strong and imposing, yet kind; Katniss’s rock and charming gentleman caller (admittedly Josh didn’t do too bad there). Now, I’m not saying that someone like the Rock should have played Peeta, but maybe more of a Channing Tatum type? Someone who was just a bit more physically imposing. Josh just doesn’t have that presence, charisma if you will. Originally having viewed the movie without the benefit of having read the book, I thought Peeta was supposed to be a mousy, insecure follower which isn’t at all how he came across in the book. In the book, Peeta has a higher social standing than Katniss which makes her naturally distrustful of him (I didn’t get a feeling of that dynamic from the movie at all), he’s quiet but watchfully so – he’s taking in his surroundings, watching and studying them – again, didn’t get this from the movie.
Perhaps some blame should be attributed to the director of this film rather than the person responsible for casting… I’ll cogitate upon it and get back to you.
It’ll be interesting to see how he does in the rest of the series though!
Example 3: Kristen Stewart in the Twilight series
Do you have a book to movie adaptation pet peeve?