I finally caught up with Fun with Dick and Jane, and while I enjoyed the ride, Jim Carrey bugged the hell out of me.
Now, I like Jim Carrey. I think The Mask is one of the best comedies of the 90’s and a great hommage to Tex Avery. And while Carrey is the #1 suspect of chewing the scenery, at times it works to his advantage. He’s also an OK dramatic actor.
But all through Dick and Jane, I kept seeing how much more fun it would’ve been with someone underplaying Dick, someone like… Charles Grodin.
And that’s what prompted this thread.
Carrey produced Dick and Jane (With the help of Madhair Grazer), so it’s totally his own creation. Carrey would never let Grodin play the part, because Carrey’s ego is the size of a small continent.
I also think this is the problem with many miscastings, i.e. there’s a big name attached to the production and rather than letting the right actor play the part, the studios, producers and agents let the Big Name do it.
Anyone else have another example to share?