10 Awful Casting Decisions That Spoiled Entire Movies
9. Keanu Reeves (Bram Stoker's Dracula)
Although director Francis Ford Coppola's foray into Gothic horror cinema, 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula, proved to be a hit with critics and audiences, some critics felt that Keanu Reeves' turn as the heroic Jonathan Harker held the film back from reaching its full potential. Coppola's decision to cast the Bill & Ted star as a Victorian solicitor baffled many viewers. Reeves portrayal was so bad that it became one of the main criticisms lobbed against the picture. Reeves' unconvincing British accent earned him jeers from critics and his ineptitude stood in stark contrast to a stellar turn by Gary Oldman as the titular vampiric Romanian. Also, Reeve's wooden acting failed to compliment a wildly hammy turn from Anthony Hopkins as Dracula's arch nemesis Abraham Van Helsing. While otherwise successful, if another actor had taken the role, Bram Stoker's Dracula might have been far more compelling as Reeve's performance proved a black mark on a well-received film.