Role Reversal: 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
  • Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana
  • Zoe Saldana, Nina Simone
  • Jennifer Hudson, Winnie Mandela
  • Tom Cruise

Idris Elba in Thor

The choice to cast British actor Elba as Heimdall brought race to the forefront, with many fanboy-types up in arms that the role didn't go to a white actor. Elba, pointing out that the world of Thor was defined by a break from reality, asked of his critics, "Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That's okay, but the color of my skin is wrong?" The actor showed his haters when he delivered a top-notch performance and was invited back for the sequel.

(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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