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17 Actors Who Were Absolutely, Without A Doubt, 100% Perfectly Cast

For real, give these casting directors a raise.

It's a simple truth: Some actors were just BORN to play certain roles, and that's that on that.

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And this week, when Reddit user TrickDragonFruit asked, "What film role was 100% perfectly cast?" pretty much all of the responses were 100% correct.

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So, here are — without a doubt — some of the greatest casting decisions ever made:

1. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston as Gomez and Morticia in The Addams Family (1991)

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"They were both perfect individually, but the way they played off of each other took it to another level."

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2. James Earl Jones as Mufasa in The Lion King (1994)

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"When they had to recast James Earl Jones's role for the 2019 reboot, the person they got to replace him was James Earl Jones."

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3. Vincent D'Onofrio as the Bug in the Edgar Suit in Men in Black (1997)

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"The fact that he wasn't even nominated for an Oscar for that role is plain and simply a crime against humanity. Think about it. We all (well, cinephiles at least) are intimately familiar with who Vincent D'Onofrio is and what he looks like. And yet, there isn't a moment in that entire film when we aren't WHOLLY convinced that he is anything other than a cockroach wearing human skin, uncomfortably.

Actors get Oscars for playing humans with human problems. Not that far of a stretch for a human actor. But Vincent played a BUG stuffed inside of ill-fitting skin, CONVINCINGLY, and we snub him because we don't take comedy seriously. Slap yourself, Academy! Slap yourself right in the dick!"

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4. Russell Crowe as Maximus in Gladiator (2000)

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"The speech once he takes off the mask is goosebumps-inducing epic. It exemplifies quiet strength."

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5. Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod in The Fifth Element (1997)

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"I once heard that they wanted Prince for the role, but Chris was perfect. No one was ready for that!"

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6. Alan Rickman as Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus in Galaxy Quest (1999)

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"Though, I could have just posted "Alan Rickman' and my post would have still answered the question."

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7. Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter franchise

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"J.K. Rowling really wanted him for Hagrid. She has said in interviews that, when the books were being adapted, he had to be the first person they approached for the role."

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8. Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho (2000)

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"The empty intensity and simmering hatred he was able to portray as this character truly could not have been pulled off by anyone else."

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9. Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl (2014)

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"She perfectly embodied the character as she was in the book while somehow adding even more depth to the character. She was truly excellent and deserved the Oscar that year, IMO."

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10. Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin (1992)

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"I know it's an animated film, but I will always argue that this is one of the best casting choices for a film role of all time."

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11. Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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"Leonardo DiCaprio was Quinten Tarantino's original choice for the character. It's always strange to see original casting decisions which seem, in retrospect, utterly bizarre and wrong. It's perhaps a testament to Christoph that it's pretty much impossible to imagine anyone else in the part. Also, I can't see Leo suddenly becoming fluent in French, German, and Italian for the film."

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12. Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy

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"I’m glad he’ll be returning again because he's the only one who could play him."

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13. Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel (2013)

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"I know they botched the overall franchise, but I thought he was the perfect Superman."

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14. Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask in The Mask (1994)

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"They didn't even need special effects for most of the animation, it was all Jim's face."

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15. J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man (2002)

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"He was such the perfect choice for the part that they got him to portray the same character again in a completely different Spider-Man series."

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16. Andre the Giant as Fezzik in The Princess Bride (1987)

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"Anyone other than him playing this character would be inconceivable."

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17. And finally, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy in Scooby-Doo (2002)

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"The obvious answer."

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Now it's YOUR turn. What's one movie role that was 100% perfectly cast and can NEVER be recast? Share your pick in the comments below!

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Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: Reddit.

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