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    Default Best replacement actor on a film franchise or long-running tv series

    Replacing an actor in a popular or important role can be tricky. Who in your opinion has been the best replacement actor/actress for a character in a film franchise or long-running tv series?

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    George Clooney for Val Kilmer in the Schumacher Batman films. B&R was total crap but at least Clooney brought some personality to the character.

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    BJ Hunnicutt for Trapper John on M*A*S*H*.

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    Woody for Coach on "Cheers"

    Edward James Olmos as Lieut Castillo on "Miami Vice" (don't recall the guy he replaced)

    Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Nobody can touch Connery, but he was definitely a lot better than Dalton, Moore or Lazenby.

    David Tennant on "Doctor Who"
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    Mark Ruffalo as Banner

    Dick York as Darren

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    Alysion Hannigan as Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the original pilot she was played by another actress. Its interesting to watch because its largely shot for shot the same as the pilot that ended up airing except its not the Willow we all know. And Buffy was a brunette as Sarah Michelle Gellar hadn't died her hair blonde yet.

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    Wasn't Dick Sergeant the replacement Darren?

    Off the top of my head I think of Gerard Christopher as Superboy.
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    Although it was before the film was finished, Michael J. Fox as Marty Mcfly replacing Eric Stolz. A lot of Stolz's footage exists but he comes off as bland whereas Michael J. Fox really sells the character's initial disbelief.




    In a similar subject, I think Elisabeth Shue (Jennifer in II and III) had much better comic timing than Claudia Wells, in pretty much the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sacred Knight View Post
    Wasn't Dick Sergeant the replacement Darren?

    Off the top of my head I think of Gerard Christopher as Superboy.
    Yes, Sargent replaced York in Bewitched.

    And great choice in Gerard Christopher. He was a great Superboy.

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    John Karlen replaced James Hall in the role of Willie Loomis on Dark Shadows, and Karlen owned that role his first day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard Allan View Post
    BJ Hunnicutt for Trapper John on M*A*S*H*.
    I would have said Col Potter for Col Blake myself.

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    Erica Durance for Laura Benanti as Alura on Supergirl. While Laura Benanti was great as Aunt Astra, her Alura was rather stiff and boring. Maybe that was intentional, but Erica Durance brought a lot more energy to Alura.

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    Don Cheadle for Terrence Howard as War Machine.

    Howard might actually be the better actor -- he's had great acclaim for many of his roles from Hustle & Flow to TV's Empire, but I think Cheadle is better for War Machine because Cheadle is a better supporting actor/second banana, where Howard is meant for lead roles. So, yeah, it's kind of a strange compliment for Cheadle, I know.

    Howard just announced his retirement from acting, so we'll never know if he could have led a superhero movie himself.

    This OP question is hard because it would be far easier to list the recasts that were NOT as good as the original.
    - Donna Reed on Dallas
    - Jack Coleman, Emma Samms, Karen Cellini on Dynasty (although the first two were good, just not as good)
    - Dick Sargent on Bewitched
    - George Clooney as Batman -- in my opinion the worst of the original 3
    - any of the Brady Bunch daughter replacements
    - Lee Meriwether as Catwoman (I like Eartha Kitt as Catwoman because she's so different that you really can't compare her to Newmar)
    - John Astin as Riddler

    etc. etc.
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    Roscoe Orman as Gordon (sesame street) There were 2 others before him!

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    Ted McGinley/Jefferson D'Arcy

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