20 Book-To-Movie Characters That Were Cast All Wrong
Jim Sturgess as Ben, 21
We loved Jim Sturgess in Across the Universe. He was dreamy as can be as he hummed out Beatles classics. When you take away all the songs and fantastical scenery, however, like in the heist drama 21, he falls a little flat. Compared to the exciting story told in the book Bringing Down the House about MIT’s team of blackjack players that counted cards and conned casinos, the actor’s performance was a little boring, not to mention whitewashed. The actual team, composed mainly of Asian-Americans, was played mainly by American and, in Jim’s case, British actors. The casting crew missed the mark with this one and lost a lot of the intensity of the events. The dull performance turned the spectacle down a couple more notches than it deserved.