Role Reversal: Controversial Movie Castings

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  • Tom Cruise
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Idris Elba, Thor
  • Edi Gathegi, Twilight
  • Jennifer Lopez, Selena
  • The Last Airbender
  • Madonna, Evita
  • Halle Berry, X-Men
  • Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra
  • Kim Kardashian, Tyler Perry
  • Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana
  • Zoe Saldana, Nina Simone
  • Jennifer Hudson, Winnie Mandela

Viola Davis in The Help

The Black community had decidedly mixed feelings about The Help, particularly since it was written by a white woman, and no one was more skeptical than first. But after she read the script, Davis accepted the role of embattled maid Aibeleen because she "didn't see stereotypes" — and audiences agreed. Despite petitions to boycott and negative buzz surrounding the film before its release, the film grossed over $100 million and swept the Oscar nominations.

(Photo: DreamWorks)

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