Characters in films and television shows are typically defined by the actors and actresses who play them. While characters can be played by many different actors, there is always that one actor who fills a character’s shoes the best, and people can’t really imagine anyone else playing the role.
That topic has been brought up on Reddit. One user posed the lovely question “Which actor crushed a role so hard that nobody else would be able to live up to it” to the great AskReddit community and received a number of astounding responses.
The best actors who crushed a role so Har that no one else can live pp to it. Vote for the characters you liked the most as you scroll, and let us know which actor character pairings you consider to be masterpieces!
#1 Alan Rickman as Severus Snape.
Severus Snape is a highly skilled wizard who hides his profound feelings and agony behind a sarcastic, cool exterior. James Potter Snape feels antagonistic toward Harry due to his similarities to his father. In the series, James was rude to Snape while they were classmates at Hogwarts.
As the novel goes on, Snape’s personality develops and becomes more complex. His loyalties are a fundamental mystery that is solved. In the seventh episode, Snape is killed by Lord Voldemort, at which point his past is made known.
Audiences and critics have heaped praise on Snape’s character. Rowling described him as “a gift of a character”.
#2 Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams.
Some “Wednesday” fans on Netflix are just discovering that one of the show’s actresses, Christina Ricci, previously played Wednesday Addams when she was a child star in the 1990s.
The only child of Gomez and Morticia Addams, played by Ricci in the comedies “The Addams Family” (1991) and “Addams Family Values” (1993), was known for her side braids and frowns.
Although the first installment of the “Addams Family” series was a box office success and both subsequent installments were well received by fans, some “Wednesday” viewers weren’t aware of Ricci’s Addams pedigree until recently.
#3 Danny Devito’s Frank Reynolds is the best piece of casting this century.
The veteran actor/producer/director has an almost 50-year career on stage and screen. Danny DeVito’s famous role as Frank Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia created one of his most memorable, enduring, and culturally-recognized performances to date.
Danny DeVito has fit perfectly into the warped, surreal genius of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia since his introduction in Season 2. He was the last piece of the gruesome puzzle. He completed the ensemble unusually and unexpectedly, adding the final touch of grim brilliance required to elevate the piece to new heights.
#4 Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
In the world of movies, Harrison Ford is nothing short of a legend who has starred in countless blockbusters over the years. Ford has been able to get parts in so many franchises, which is uncommon, and the fact is that he still can do so.
Ford wasn’t the first choice to play Indiana Jones and he was understandably annoyed when Lucas and Spielberg knocked on his door offering the role, and he responded by playing hardball. After Ford was cast, the studio had low expectations for Raiders, but it exceeded them, earning $242 million in the US alone and becoming the highest-grossing movie of 1981.
#5 Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker won him praise from critics and viewers alike. Given the gigantic clown shoes Ledger had to fill, this was no easy task. Famous actors like Cesar Romero and Jack Nicholson have played impressive comic book characters in the past.
Ledger put more effort into his physical and mental preparation for the role of the Joker than he ever had before. Ledger made every effort to differentiate his performance from that of his predecessors, spending more than a month by himself and spending a lot of time deciding on the character’s makeup and outfits.
#6 Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine in the X-Men movies was one of the best casting choices in movie history. Jackman has played Wolverine for more than ten years in films like X-Men, The Wolverine, and X-Men Days of Future Past. Hugh Jackman has delivered many memorable moments during his seventeen-year career. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for Longest-Serving Marvel Superhero.
#7 I really can’t see anyone else as Hellboy.
For those who don’t know, Mike Mignola created the superhero Hellboy, who has appeared in comic books, video games, animated films, and live-action films.
Both Hellboy II: The Golden Army and the 2004 film Hellboy featured Ron Perlman in the lead role. It is said that Perlman’s portrayal of Hellboy was one of the cinema’s most accurate representations of a comic book superhero. In addition, Hellboy, which had a $60–66 million budget, was successfully released in theaters in 2004 to favorable reviews and raked in $99.8 million in total worldwide.
#8 J.K Simmons as John Jonah Jameson.
J. K. Simmons is a well-known American actor. He is regarded as one of the most prolific and famous character actors of his generation.
No actor is more closely associated with a comic book character than J.K. Simmons. Simmons left an unforgettable impression on audiences as the blustering and bombastic journalist in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. This is what made his surprise appearance as the character in Spider-Man: Far From Home’s mid-credits scene both shocking and exciting.
#9 Jessica Walter in Arrested Development.
Jessica Walter accomplished much more in her career than in Arrested Development, but many people might overlook it because of how well she portrayed Lucille. She undoubtedly earned a lot of money from the role.
Despite having a devoted fan base, Arrested Development is reportedly over for good.
#10 Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall.
For playing Professor McGonagall, Maggie Smith is adored all over the world. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery also featured her voice. With a total worldwide revenue of more than $7.7 billion, the movie series is one of the most successful of all time.
However, the 84-year-old actress admitted to the Evening Standard that, while she valued the chance to play a part in the well-known British franchise, it didn’t present her with any creative challenges.
#11 Robin Williams as the genie.
Aladdin is widely regarded as one of Disney’s greatest animated films which told the story of its titular hero, a young man who discovers a magical lamp and is granted three wishes by the genie trapped within it. The Genie is a fictional jinn who appears in Aladdin, Walt Disney Pictures’ 31st animated feature film (1992). In the first film, he was voiced by Robin Williams. Disney director John Musker discusses how Robin Williams’ Genie played a significant role in cementing Aladdin’s legacy.
Scott Weinger and Linda Larkin played Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, respectively, alongside William’s Genie in the Academy Award-winning film.
#12 Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean.
Mr. Bean made his television debut in 1990, but Atkinson had been working on the character for over a decade before that. Mr. Bean is the rubber-faced clown who contributed to Atkinson’s net worth of $130 million. Atkinson played the childlike Mr. Bean in 14 TV episodes and brought him to the big screen in two blockbusters.
#13 Ryan Reynolds did an excellent job being Deadpool.
Deadpool is a clever mutant mercenary who has quick healing but terrible scarring all over his body as a result of an experimental cancer treatment. Reynolds promised a more “authentic” and comic-accurate depiction of the character than he did in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
Ryan Reynolds may be the most perfectly cast actor in the role of Deadpool. Though he originally appeared as Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, many believe he was underutilized in that film. His talent to channel Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth wasn’t fully realized until he returned for the first Deadpool.
#14 Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump.
In the movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks plays the lead role. Forrest is reported to have a low IQ of 75 at an early age. He has a nice personality and is devoted to his family and duties, which are qualities that put him in a lot of circumstances where his life is in danger. He comes across numerous historical individuals and events throughout his life.
When the movie came out in 1994, it launched Tom Hanks to global fame thanks to its astounding box office and critical success.
#15 When they inevitably recast Jack Sparrow, it’ll be clear just how big a gap there is.
Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character who stars in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. The character was created by screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio and is played by one of the world’s biggest movie stars, Johnny Depp.
The film was a huge box office success, grossing $564 million worldwide. Depp’s performance as Sparrow also earned him his first Oscar nomination, establishing his position as Hollywood’s top leading man.
Johnny Depp won several awards for his performance in the film, including Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the 10th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Best Male Performance at the MTV Movie Awards, and Best Actor at the 9th Empire Awards.