15 Roles Made for Their Actors (and Actors Made for Their Roles)
Movies are made by committee (separate pieces all grafted together, literally), but it’s been like that from before the first camera was ever clicked on. Even before words are put down on a page, sometimes dozens of people are pulling a movie in all sorts of directions. So when a script is being written, often the writers don’t know if it’s going to be a sequel, live-action, or ever get made. Very rarely do the creators of the movies have any say in who is in the film… but “rarely” doesn’t mean “never.” Sometimes, the producer, writer, or director has an actor in mind for a role before the story is ever even finished. Sometimes an actor inhabits a role so well that it’s like they were born for the role… or the role was made for them. Sometimes, hey, that’s exactly what’s going on. Sometimes there’s no other choice, no one else who could ever be that role, not really. These are those times.