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    35 Actors Who Were So Perfectly Cast In Movie Roles That No One Else Could've Played It

    "Can you even imagine going to see the live action Lion King remake and not hearing James Earl Jones' iconic voice? No? Didn't think so."

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which actors are so iconic in a movie role that you can't imagine anyone else playing them. Here are some of our favorite responses:

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

    Marvel

    "Robert really gave the character of Tony heart and a compelling story. I honestly fell in love with his portrayal and I could never imagine someone replacing him."

    upinsmoke

    2. Cary Elwes as Westley in The Princess Bride:

    20th Century Fox

    "Cary played Westley with a perfect combination of sensitivity and sarcasm. Also, only a special type of person could've pulled off the iconic 'As you wish' line so flawlessly."

    lalalevej

    3. Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins:

    Disney

    "Every single role Julie plays could literally have only been played by her, but Mary Poppins is just spectacular. Sorry Emily Blunt, but this role will always belong to Julie."

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    4. James Earl Jones as Mufasa in The Lion King:

    Disney

    "I mean, can you even imagine going to see the live action Lion King remake and not hearing James Earl Jones' iconic voice? No? Didn't think so!"

    beckygotbored

    5. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley in Harry Potter:

    Warner Bros.

    "These three actors were literally born to bring Harry, Hermione, and Ron to life. Not only did they embody their characters individually, but as a group they were unmatched."

    kaijen2007

    6. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars:

    LucasFilms

    "Carrie as Leia was the only person who could’ve inspired an entire generation of girls to be strong independent women."

    themockingjaypeeta

    7. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada:

    20th Century Fox

    "Seriously, who could've done this role better? The cold and calm delivery of her one-liners was absolutely iconic. She was so elegant and yet so savage. I think Meryl really gave the character depth and a lot more personality."

    cazboline

    8. Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin:

    Disney

    "Sorry, Will Smith you are a great actor, but Robin's performance as the Genie was legendary. Not only did I love it when I was younger, but now as an adult it's even funnier."

    aidensmith

    9. Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

    Marvel

    "Marvel tried so hard to get him to play the role because even they knew that he would be the perfect man for the job. Chris truly represents everything that Steve Rogers is and has played the role with such dignity. The definition of perfect casting."

    emmagarnerrr

    10. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool:

    20th Century Fox

    "The casting was just way too perfect for it. I can't imagine anyone else in that iconic red suit saying some of the dirtiest jokes ever."

    yourradimrad

    11. Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight:

    Warner Bros.

    "Heath did such an outstanding job that everyone that portrayed the Joker before and after him doesn't even compare. It's a legendary performance."

    missaniechu

    12. Will Smith as Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness:

    Columbia Pictures

    "The movie as a whole broke me and I think it was because of Will's performance. The emotions he was able to convey were outstanding. Even when I watch him in other movies, I still think of this one."

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    13. Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean:

    Disney

    "Nobody else could have played the role the way he did. From his mannerisms to the way he talked, he was the perfect Jack Sparrow."

    jdphotography

    14. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games:

    Lionsgate Films

    "Jennifer just did such a wonderful job playing her. Similar to Harry Potter, the casting for this movie was just amazing when it came to bringing the book characters to life."

    kmich31

    15. Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

    Marvel

    "Chadwick as T'Challa was the perfect fit. I'm so happy an entire generation of young black men get to watch him be Black Panther. He's the best role model."

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    16. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody:

    20th Century Fox

    "Rami acted just like Freddie. His voice, actions, and movements were very similar and it made me believe that I was watching the real Freddie. He was the perfect person for this role."

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    17. Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde:

    MGM

    "Reese created a character who was unapologetically herself. A really smart and sometimes flawed person who wasn't afraid to stand her ground even when things got rough. Reese is Elle. Elle is Reese."

    happyhat

    18. Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

    Marvel

    "Tom and Peter literally have the same personality. Stan Lee even said Tom was exactly how he envisioned Peter Parker when he created the character. Tom was basically born for this role."

    sgs105

    19. Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman:

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "Julia gave such a memorable performance in Pretty Woman. Only someone with so much charisma could make a jewelry box closing on her fingers one of the most iconic movie moments ever."

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    20. Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson/Red in Us:

    Universal Pictures

    "Lupita was perfect in both roles. She completely transformed into each of the characters and I couldn't look away. I don't think anyone could've done it the way that Lupita did."

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    21. Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter:

    Warner Bros.

    "Maggie literally embodied her character. When I read the Harry Potter books before the movies, I pictured someone exactly like Maggie playing McGonagall. I can't imagine anyone else bringing it to life."

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    22. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men:

    20th Century Fox

    "X-Men should never be remade because no one would be able to fill Hugh Jackman's shoes. He brought Wolverine to life in such a unique and heartfelt way. I loved watching him in these movies."

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    23. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as Jack Dawson and Rose Dewitt Bukater in Titanic:

    Paramount Pictures

    "In my mind, no one could play Jack and Rose better than Leo and Kate. The way they portrayed the love story was magical and only the two of them could've done it."

    jasminabuella

    24. Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in Elf:

    New Line Cinemas

    "Will's voice, enthusiasm, childlike energy fit the role flawlessly. I think one of the reasons Elf has remained a classic is because of Will as Buddy."

    stephanieh46959af7d

    25. Ian McKellan as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings:

    Warner Bros.

    "Ian did an amazing job with the role. This role could have quickly gone sour if not for Ian's ability to play the concerned parent, sage counselor, and strict teacher all at once. He did a perfect job balancing the harsh realities Gandalf faced with the humor inside every situation."

    ckaysanders

    26. Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

    Marvel

    "Whether you like Marvel movies or not, you have to admit their casting is spot on. Brie Larson as Captain Marvel is so perfect and I can't imagine anyone else bringing such an important female character to life."

    oliveb412ccd71e

    27. Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump:

    Paramount Pictures

    "No one else could have possibly brought that role to life in the way that Tom did. Tom has given us some monumental performances, but there's something about Forrest Gump that always sticks with me."

    hannahisheretoplaypokemon

    28. Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz:

    MGM

    "I mean, it's truly one of the most iconic roles and movies of our lifetime. Judy was wonderful in this movie and there's a reason it hasn't been remade — because she was so iconic."

    frenchpennies

    29. Jennifer Lopez as Selena in Selena:

    Warner Bros.

    "Only a special person could've immortalized Selena in a movie and that person was Jennifer Lopez. She was brilliant in this movie and I don't think anyone else could've done it but her."

    reececura

    30. Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan in Twilight:

    Summit Entertainment

    "Everyone criticized Kristen in these movies, but in the books, Bella was awkward, shy, and an introvert. Kristen has been a phenomenal actor since Panic Room and she was able to portray Bella the exact way that she needed to be portrayed. I don't think anyone else could've done it like her."

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    31. David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth:

    TriStar Pictures

    "He was the perfect mix of oddity and raw sexuality. I’ve loved David in this movie since I was 6 and it's a crush that'll never go away. He was made for this role."

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    32. Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30:

    Columbia Pictures

    "I could never imagine anyone else playing Jenna Rink anywhere near the level that Jennifer Garner did. She was Jenna. She was bubbly, fun, and so in tune with being an '80s child."

    angelicav413b00102

    33. Bill Hader as Richie Tozier in It Chapter Two:

    Warner Bros.

    "As soon as I heard they were making It Chapter Two, I knew Bill Hader would have to play Richie. He fit the character so well that literally no one else would have been able to play him."

    mmartyres

    34. Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice:

    Focus Features

    "She was exactly how I pictured Elizabeth Bennet when I read the book. The entire movie adaption was iconic, but Keira's portrayal was next level."

    sondere

    35. And finally, Tom Hiddleston as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

    Marvel

    "Just the way he portrayed the cunning god of mischief was insanely accurate to the comic books. Tom will always be Loki to me and no one else could've done it better. A bonus was that Tom had the best chemistry with Chris Hemsworth in every single film."

    danielleh429dbd463

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