Seven Casting Calls Worse Than Kristen Stewart as Snow White

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In theaters Friday: Kristen Stewart stars as Snow White, a beauty to overthrow Charlize Theron's Evil Queen.

Lips a standard pinky-orange. Hair a dark, dusty brown. Accent...sort of British. That's Kristen Stewart for you, as dear, dear Snow White.

Stewart - the child actor turned Twilight megastar - is often criticized for taking that old adage of acting for the camera ("Do nothing") a bit too seriously, though she's proved her chops in smaller flicks like Adventureland and The Runaways. It's true, casting characters that are defined so largely by their beauty is never easy; see Diana Kruger as Helen of Troy or Clemence Poesy as Fleur Delacour. But to cast the likeable tomboy next door (assuming it's a neighborhood of Hollywood insiders) who looks surprisingly fetching when styled by Elle as a young woman whose beauty is destined to surpass Charlize Theron's? Mirror, please.

A number of lesser-known British beauties were considered for the part - like up-and-coming star Felicity Jones of Like Crazy - but what seemed to clinch the role for Stewart was her name recognition. Three words: Game of Thrones. The perfect actor for this role just needed to be kidnapped off the HBO series set, where she (Emilia Clarke) was killing it as Daenerys Targaryen. Clarke is a stunning (and British) beauty; she makes a commanding warrior queen; and her hair clearly takes color well.

The revisionist fairy tale Snow White and the Huntsman opens Friday, and reviews are starting to come in that argue in Stewart's favor. It probably won't go down in movie history as one of the worst castings, especially compared with these seven unforgettable mistakes:

John Wayne in The Conqueror (1956)

John Wayne stars as Genghis Khan in what is notoriously derided as probably the worst miscasting ever, ever, ever. Take away that weird facial hair and it's still John Wayne under there, the same swaggering cowboy with the same distinctive drawl (it's like the opposite of watching Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson try to be American cowboys). This one is so wrong that it's actually very funny. But that was then, right? We know better now.

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