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
  • Idris Elba
  • NWA
  • Alexandra Shipp
  • Exodus
  • Zoe Saldana, Nina Simone
  • Jennifer Hudson, Winnie Mandela

Viola Davis in The Help

There were decidedly mixed feelings about The Help, particularly since it was written by a white woman, and no one was more skeptical than Davis... at first. After she read the script, she accepted the role of embattled maid Aibeleen because she "didn't see stereotypes." Audiences agreed. Despite petitions to boycott, and the 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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