Most Ironically Cast Movie of All Time


I find it ironic how they actually cast real washed up actors for this film. Most notably, Michael Keaton and Naomi Watts. Prior to this film, what is Michael Keaton mostly known for? The old Batman movies made over 20 years ago... It's funny how Edward Norton is actually an egotistical person in real life, he is also known to be a pain to work with. I don't mean any disrespect to these actors, they did a great job in this movie. I just find the choice of casting very interesting and perhaps ironic.

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I'm pretty sure it was deliberate - particularly in Ed Norton's case... and I'm sure he was in on the joke by making fun of his reputation, too. 






"Your mother puts license plates in your underwear? How do you sit?!"

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Would hardly call Naomi Watts a washed up actor! Mulholland Drive, Eastern Promises, 21 Grams, Funny Games........

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Not to mention The Impossible.

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Ironic? Sure.
The main actors had all been in big budget superhero / fantasy action movies.
Keaton; Batman
Norton; The Hulk
Watts; King Kong
Stone; Spiderman

All of them could relate to the story in Birdman.
They personally know how limiting those blockbuster films are for actors.
And many actors want to get beyond simple action movies and do something more challenging, like theater.

BB ;-)

it is just in my opinion - imo - 🌈

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How about Peter O'Toole in "My Favorite Year" for irony in casting ??

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Watts has been getting pretty meaty roles for over a decade. So her aside, Keaton and Norton's casting is the only ironic part. There is some self-awareness with how the other actors have made their careers work (such as Stone), but none of their reputations mirror that of their Birdman character quite like Keaton's apparently does (he actually had many memorable roles throughout the years, one of them being the iconic Beetlejuice).

But it is funny and great how things changed for Keaton after this film. He's been getting cast in more notable roles than probably ever before.

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There's nothing ironic about the casting of Keaton. I mean, if they were looking for an actor over fifty, who could walk the line between desperation and insanity closely enough to be Oscar-worthy, AND who had some past association with superhero movies...

Who else is there?

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