10 Actors Who Were Miscast In Famous Roles (But Did Awesome Anyway)

10. Sissy Spacek - Carrie White (Carrie)


Carrie White was supposed to be the ripe old age of 16 when Brian De Palma cast a 27-year-old Sissy Spacek to play her in his adaptation of Stephen King's hit novel. It wasn't just the age difference that made this casting seem more like more of a miscasting, though - it was fact that Spacek was thin and rather attractive, too. The Carrie of King's book is overweight, ridden with acne and generally regarded as being horrible and repulsive to look at. An easy target for bullies and nasty teenage girls, as was the point. Nothing much like her fictional counterpart, then, Spacek made her character into a different kind of tormented teenager. Although she might look a little old (hey, 10 years is a big difference) and much too pretty, we still believe that this is the Carrie White of the source material because Spacek plays the naive innocence and isolation associated with her character in exactly the same way. As a result, it might have even been more effective on De Palma's part to opt for a better-looking Carrie. There's an added element of tragedy to that, I think.

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