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10 Perfect Casting Moments!

Anne Boleyn, Hannibal Lecter, The Stepmother, and Nucky Thompson

Sometimes you watch a film or TV series and just think, “Wow, no one else could have played this character.” The IF List loves when that happens, so we decided to list our top 10 perfect casting moments! Whether it was a historic role, from a book, or even a theme park ride, these actors completely embodied their characters.

Cate Blanchett as The Stepmother

Cate Blanchett as Stepmother

Cate Blanchett as Stepmother

Who could have played Lady Tremaine better than Cate Blanchett in the new adaptation of Cinderella?  She portrayed Cinderella’s stepmother in such a self-centered and evil manner, but you couldn’t wait to see her on screen again. Her last monologue is also incredibly haunting, and almost stole the movie from the Disney princess! Review Her Performance Here! >>

Heath Ledger as The Joker

Heath Ledger as The Joker

Heath Ledger as The Joker

It is fair to say that no one will every play The Joker like the incredible, late Heath Ledger did in The Dark Knight. He played it so perfectly. It was dark and creepy, unlike previous versions. Heath definitely gave his own perspective to the role, and gave audiences something to always remember. Review His Performance Here! >>

Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly

Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly

Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly

Meryl Streep is known for her excellent character acting, and played the boss that we all love to hate as the Editor in Chief at Runway magazine. The way she delivered the movie’s iconic cerulean speech is one that most of us won’t forget! Review Her Performance Here! >>

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

Robert Downey Jr. was made to play the role of Tony Stark. He brought the perfect sense of humor and likability to the narcissistic billionaire engineer turned super hero! Review His Performance Here! >>

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp essentially became (don’t forget the Captain) Jack Sparrow after playing the character in the four blockbuster hits! The Pirates of the Carribean franchise, based on the famous Disney ride, still enthralls audiences, and his portrayal of the eccentric drunken pirate is a main reason why people continue to watch! Review His Performance Here! >>

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was originally a 1992 film, then Joss Whedon turned his story into a darker series that lasted seven seasons. Sarah Michelle Gellar played the chosen one with such raw emotion and attitude, you couldn’t help but fall in love with her as we followed her through high school, college, and saving the world several times. Review Her Performance Here! >>

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Often considered the heart of the famous trio, Ron Weasley is a critical part of the Harry Potter series. Rupert Grint played the character with humor, care, and depth. After eight movies, it was obvious he was the perfect fit for the role! We can’t imagine anyone else playing our favorite ginger wizard. Review His Performance Here! >>

Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn

Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn

Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn is one of the most interesting women in history, and a challenge to bring to life on the small screen. No one else could play her like Natalie Dormer in The Tudors. Her magnetism on screen knew no limits, and she gave Anne the proper wit, charm, intelligence, and fiery temper! Review Her Performance Here! >>

Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Mads Mikkelsen brought, exciting fresh qualities to the iconic character, giving Hannibal a quieter and deadlier persona. His performance on the NBC series is brilliant, witty, and even charming! Review His Performance Here! >>

Steve Buscemi as Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson

Steve Buscemi played a fictionalized version of the political boss Enoch L. Thompson on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and was Martin Scorsese’s top choice: “I love the range he has, his dramatic sense, but also his sense of humor.” We couldn’t agree more, and think this casting choice may be our top favorite! Review His Performance Here! >>

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