[My all-time favorite nominee for the Worst Casting Decision of All Time is Glen Campbell as a Texas Ranger in True Grit. They had John Wayne and Robert Duvall and then some loon decided to throw in Campbell?]
What can we learn from bad casting decisions? Here are a few lessons that could be applied to the workplace:
- Don't play to a particular demographic. Go with raw talent.
- Be certain that the individual will fit in with the rest of the cast.
- Beware of scene-hoggers.
- Consider whether people will have a difficult time accepting the person in the role and whether that barrier can be overcome.
- Recognize that there is no small role. One "minor" casting decision that rings false can throw off an entire scene.
- Watch films such as "The Third Man" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" to see how it is done right. Think of how those movies could have been easily destroyed with one misplaced actor.
- Remember that there is a certain amount of poetry that goes into building a cast.