Ben Barnes

  1. Robert Pattinson, Twilight, 2008.   Finalists up for Edward Cullen – and the birth of a triumphant franchise – were Pattinson, Barnes, Jake Abel, Dynamo (the future Magician Impossible), Shiloh Fernandez, Colton Haynes  and Jackson Rathbone… who played Jasper, instead.
  2. James D’Arcy, Hitchcock, 2012.     Hitchcock’s back in business! With two films headlined by UK actors (Anthony Hopkins, Toby Jones) in bad impressions and fat suits. This is the second one: Hopkins making Psycho. And telling Janet Leigh: “You can call me Hitch. Hold the cock.”If Hitch didn’t look (or sound) like Hitch; andidem for those playing Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, young D’Arcy made an uncanny Anthony Perkins, capturing the nature of the man.His rivals for the role had also included Tom Felton, Andrew Garfield, Aaron Johnson, Ryan Merriman, Jackson Rathbone,  Aaron Taylor-Johnson – and Jack Huston, whose Uncle Danny was already in the cast.
  3. Sam Claflin, Overdrive, 2016.       Cast and curious… The car-stealing brothers went from Matthew Goode and Alex Pettyfer to Karl Urban and Ben Barnes to Urban and Sam Claflin to, finally, Scott Eastwood and Freddie Thorp. If only as much timee had been spent on changing the script, a cut-and-paste copy-cat giving B-movies a bad name.

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