I like to think I have a pretty good memory, even if it seems to be centered entirely on useless trivia and comic book effluvium.  (Like Tod Holton, Super Green Beret.)  So it was naturally a bit disconcerting recently to bump into a movie called ‘The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl’, which featured entirely the wrong actors in the role.  Somehow, my brain had conflated this movie with ‘Spy Kids’, and so I kept expecting to see Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as the main characters, instead of Taylor Lautner and the girl who clearly gave Ariana Grande her aesthetic.  It’s not the first time my brain made such a substitution, as I clearly remember John Amos playing George Jefferson when I was very young, leading to today’s wrong actor query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also keeps thinking that Moose from ‘You Can’t Do That On Television’ was Cobie Smulders, asking: What roles do you remember with the wrong actor?


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  1. the most recent one is Jesse Eisenberg in Batman vs Superman. Its like whoever decided to cast him just wanted new Joker instead of Luthor and didn’t care. Well, I’ve said it from the start that Warner gives these characters to people who have no idea what they really are about. Nolan didn’t have a clue about Batman, Snyder doesn’t have a clue about Superman.

  2. There aren’t many. I don’t have an eidetic memory (not even close), but I seem to have an unnatural capacity to remember who I’ve seen in what even if it was briefly and many, many years ago (which is fairly useless unless I’m playing some pop culture quiz game at a bar or something, in which case I am rich in free drinks and appetizers).

    Sometimes I confuse Jeremy and Jason London, but they are twins so that might not count.

    Some time around 2000 or so, I was convinced that the character of Hugh Fitzcairn, an occasional character on “Highlander: The Series” portrayed by Roger Daltrey, was instead portrayed by Paul McGann. Maybe because one was from “The Who” and the other was from “Doctor Who”, I don’t know.

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