Controversial Movie Castings

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  • 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
  • Tom Cruise

Idris Elba in Thor

The choice to cast Idris Elba as Heimdall brought race to the forefront, with many up in arms that the role didn't go to a white actor. "Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That's OK, but the color of my skin is wrong?" Elba asked in response. He delivered a top-notch performance and was invited back for the sequel.

(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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