If a film doesn't hire the right actors, then it is doomed to fail from the get-go. But it's more complex than merely finding the best talents, it's about finding balance and chemistry too. Matching actors to roles is only the first step in assembling the perfect cast - the actors need to match each other, too.
Selling an on-screen couple is no easy task, with audiences trained to believe that beauty must always attract a similar level of beauty, though research suggests that this is not actually the case. Studies show that the happiest relationships are those in which the woman is more attractive than the man, with males putting a higher value on looks and females preferring loyalty.
If this is indeed the working model in real life, then it only seems right that it should be represented in film. The truth, however, is that most of us don't go to the movies to see real life, we go to escape it, and in the business they call show these actresses were simply way too hot for their male co-stars…
10. Natalie Portman & Danny McBride (Your Highness)
Despite it being considered a critical and commercial failure, stoner fantasy-adventure Your Highness is a film that will no doubt achieve cult status among those with a passion for dungeons, dragons and weed. For everyone else, however, it stands to be remembered as one of the poorer efforts from Seth Rogen’s pool of regular collaborators.
While Rogen himself took no part in the film, his Pineapple Express co-stars were given the chance to take centre stage this time around. If you’ve seen Your Highness, then it probably won’t come as a surprise to you that Danny McBride co-wrote the screenplay. Just as his character does in the film, McBride seemingly tried to upstage co-star James Franco by writing himself a love interest that he really didn’t deserve.
While Franco and on-screen lover Zooey Deschanel make for a well-matched, easy-on-the-eye couple, McBride and Natalie Portman simply do not. Even in a world populated with wise wizards and golden knights, it's unlikely that the ham-fisted Thadeous would stand a chance with Portman's attractive nomadic warrior Isobel.
Of course, McBride can be hilarious at times, and his no nonsense approach to life is most certainly a real turn on for some woman, though his character in Your Highness is about as lame as he gets. He rose to prominence as Kenny Powers in Eastbound & Down, a badass baseball player who takes sh*t from nobody and gives it to everybody, but sulky man-child Thadeous isn't even fit to lace Powers' mitt.