I was watching Wolfen on Netflix last night. I remember loving this movie when I was young and HBO was actually showing movies all the time. I knew that it is not a “great” movie, but I wanted to see how it holds up.
Why in the name of all that’s holy did anyone cast Albert Finney as an alcoholic NYPD detective? The man’s a great actor, there’s no doubt about it, but he is just completely and utterly wrong for the part of Dewey Wilson. He doesn’t look like a cop, he sure as hell doesn’t sound like a New Yorker, and (sorry to be petty) the hair is just appalling. Was there nobody else looking for work in 1980 that could have played that role? It doesn’t look like Gene Hackman was overbooked then, it seems like he’ll take almost any part that comes along, and he’d have been awesome. Harvey Keitel? Brian Dennehy?
Who’s your favorite excellent actor who is just totally and completely wrong for a part?