Role Reversal: Controversial Movie Castings

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  • 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
  • Tom Cruise
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Idris Elba, Thor

The Last Airbender

The lack of Asian actors in the leading roles of this martial arts fantasy, based on an animated series, left some scratching their heads and others throwing up their arms in protest. More confusing still was the fact that the film was directed by South Asian filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. The casting controversy was just one more log in the fire that burned down this franchise, which was one of the year's biggest box office disappointments.

(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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