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22 Actors Who Crushed A Role So Hard, Nobody Else Will Ever Live Up To It

"J.K. Simmons is such a good J. Jonah Jameson, he’s played the role in three separate universes."

You know that feeling when you're watching a movie and an actor is just sooooo perfect for their role, it's practically impossible to imagine anyone else was even considered for it? Well, I wanna talk about that.


Lucky for us, u/Ghsdkgb asked the good folks of Reddit: "Which actor crushed a role so hard that nobody else will be able to live up to it?" As always, there were tons of great answers. Here are some of the most popular choices:

1. Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose on Schitt's Creek

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"She took that role and made it her bébé."


2. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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"The man WAS Tony Stark, end of discussion."


3. Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies

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4. Bryan Cranston as Walter White on Breaking Bad

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"Dude literally got a letter from Sir Anthony Hopkins saying it was the best acting he'd ever seen."


5. Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse in Beetlejuice

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6. Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development

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7. Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies

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"When they inevitably recast Jack Sparrow, it'll be clear just how big a gap there is."


"I remember first seeing the trailer for Black Pearl in theaters. I thought nobody had ever looked as perfect for their role as Johnny looked for Jack Sparrow. The actual performance turned out to be even better than I expected. All these years later, I am still convinced that Jack Sparrow is a real person who spends his time these days playing a character called Johnny Depp."


8. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool

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"He did such an excellent job being Deadpool that I started reading a Deadpool comic with his voice in my head narrating it."


9. Robin Williams as Genie in Aladdin

10. Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

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"He’s so deeply connected to that character that I feel it would be impossible for anyone else to fill the fedora."


11. J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man movies

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"He’s so good, he’s played the role in three separate universes."


12. Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in Parks and Rec



"There is no Nick Offerman, there is only Ron Swanson and Duke Silver."


13. Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in Gladiator

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"I have never hated a character so much till I saw him in that movie. He is so cowardly, despicable, and creepy. Phoenix did such a good job in making you loathe his character."


14. Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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"It's the best piece of casting this century."


"I remember seeing an interview with Glenn Howerton where he was asked if Danny is just Frank turned down a notch. Glenn replied that Frank is Danny turned down several notches."


15. Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs

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"I particularly love the scene where she looks at Buffalo Bill’s victim and you hear her voice crack during the first part of the description, where she is looking at tiny personal details. Playing badass women often veers either toward emotionless and stalwart, or basically aping a ’80s action-film male role. Foster nailed the emotional vulnerability, ambition, and courage of that character in minute but profound ways. No one compares."


16. Patrick Stewart as Professor X in the X-Men movies

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"He said he was unfamiliar with X-Men when they approached him about the role. When they showed him the comics, his first thought was, 'Why am I in a comic book that I’ve never heard of?'"


17. James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano on The Sopranos

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18. Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean

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19. Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy

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20. Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds

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"His acting in the opening scene is phenomenal. To this day, I still get chills when I watch it."


"Absolutely incredible how Waltz could change his entire demeanor with just the most subtle of facial movements."


21. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the Alien movies

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22. And finally, the entire Addams Family Values cast

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"Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Fester, and a special shoutout to Joan Cusack as Debbie. Probably up there as my favorite ensemble cast of all time."


"What makes that movie great is that every actor absolutely swung for the fences in their roles and nailed it. To have so many over-the-top performances of absolutely batshit crazy characters all land so perfectly is something special."


Now it's your turn! Are there any actors you think were so perfect in their roles, they could never be replaced? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity. H/T r/AskReddit.

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