Characters in movies and TV series are often defined by the actors who play them. And while characters can have a myriad of people play them, there is always that one actor who manages to fill a character's shoes the best, and people can’t imagine anyone else playing the role.
Reddit has been discussing just that. One user asked the lovely AskReddit community which actor crushed a role so hard that nobody else will be able to live up to it? and got a slew of amazing responses.
Bored Panda has collected the best answers and turned it into a curated list that you can find below. While you’re scrolling, comment and vote on the submissions you loved the most, and tell us what character-actor combinations you think are iconic in the comment section below!
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When they inevitably recast Jack Sparrow [Johnny Depp], it'll be clear just how big a gap there is.
RDJ for Iron Man, the man WAS Tony Stark end of discussion.
Ryan Reynolds did an excellent job being Deadpool to the point where i am reading a Deadpool comic book with Reynolds' voice in my head narrating it.
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
He’s so deeply connected to that character that I feel it would be impossible for anyone else to fill the fedora.
Ian McKellen is the both true Gandalfs.
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, amazing acting.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator.
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 :/
Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn. Best book to movie translation for a character I’ve ever seen.
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.
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad. He begins as sympathetic and ends up terrifying.
And in general the whole cast of Malcolm in the Middle, even the very secondary role. There have been many middle class effed up famy sitcom but zero have achieved to be crazy and relatable like this show.
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.
Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin.
I really can't see anyone else as Hellboy. Ron Pearlman was amazing.
Joaquin Phoenix as commodus in gladiator. I have never hated a character so much till I saw him in that movie. He is so cowardly, despicable, and creepy. Phoenix did such a good job in making you loathe his character.
Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and everyone knew it would happen a decade before the first X-Men movie.
Danny Trejo as Machete.
[Nick Offerman as] Ron Swanson.
Rainn Wilson as Dwight Scrute.
Ronald Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket.
Catherin O'Hara as Moira Rose!!
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.
J.K Simmons as John Jonah Jameson.
Jessica Walter in Arrested Development (and Archer) .. her mean mom character dynamic is gold