Role Reversal: Controversial Movie Castings

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  • 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
  • Tom Cruise
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Idris Elba, Thor
  • Edi Gathegi, Twilight
  • Jennifer Lopez, Selena

Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra

With her alabaster skin and blue eyes, Liz Taylor isn't the first image that comes to mind when you think African queen. But the iconic actress was tapped to play controversial Eqyptian beauty Cleopatra in the sweeping film and became the first actress to be paid a cool million in the process. Though historians claimed at the time that Cleopatra came from Greece, the theory was later disproven and now many believe she was, in fact, of African descent.

(Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

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