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  • Hobson on Random Iconic Female Roles That Were Original Played By Men

    (#13) Hobson

    Sir John Gielgud was fantastic in 1981’s Arthur - so fantastic, he won an Oscar for best supporting actor. Mirren’s Hobson in the 2011 remake was no less hilarious and deadpan. Her performance had Gielgud’s same restrained tolerance for Arthur’s antics as well as the love of a parent. Well-played on both accounts.

     

  • Lenny on Random Iconic Female Roles That Were Original Played By Men

    (#14) Lenny

    On the way to production, the character of network president Lenny changed to female. Weaver insisted that nothing change about her character, including the obsession about whether women’s breasts are real. 

     

  • Ellen Ripley on Random Iconic Female Roles That Were Original Played By Men

    (#1) Ellen Ripley

    Weaver made Ripley one of the most iconic scifi characters to date. When Ridley Scott changed Ripley to a woman, he changed very little. Running from an acid-spitting alien pretty much takes wits, toughness, and knowing the ship corridors and hiding places by heart. Weaver added a whole new dimension to the character, which exponentially increased with each film.

    This is all despite Scott's sort of sexist comment on his creating Ripley: “I just had a thought. What would you think if Ripley was a woman? She would be the last one you would think would survive - she’s beautiful.”

     

  • The 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Gals on Random Iconic Female Roles That Were Original Played By Men

    (#17) The 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Gals

    The making of the new Ghostbusters with women in the lead roles caused quite a stir. Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones will not kill anyone’s childhood. They are comedy pros, and director Paul Feig knows what he’s doing.

    There’s room for everyone in this world. It was awesome.

  • Delacourt In 'Elysium,' Played By Jodie Foster on Random Iconic Female Roles That Were Original Played By Men

    (#11) Delacourt In 'Elysium,' Played By Jodie Foster

    Foster had wanted to work with Neill Blomkamp since she saw District 9. As he was casting Elysium, he decided to make Defense Secretary Delacourt female. But once he made the decision to change the character’s gender, he didn’t know if Foster would do it. “I thought, ‘That would be f*cking awesome, but there’s just no way,'” he said. “But then, within, like, a day, I had a meeting with her and she said, ‘I want to play it.’ I was like, ‘Holy sh*t!’” 

    Foster’s Delacourt proves women can be just as elitist as men when it comes to sharing snooty orbiting space real estate.

     

  • Alicia Clark on Random Iconic Female Roles That Were Original Played By Men

    (#15) Alicia Clark

    Close has always had the cojones to take on any role and she was no different when it came to 1994’s The Paper. Writer Stephen Koepp said that he did adjust the character a bit, but Close played the character as close to the original as possible.

    They even kept in a fistfight between her character and Michael Keaton’s. Technically, only Close intentionally punches Keaton.

     

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When we think of “Women in speculative fiction, ” we often think of the roles once called “scream queens, ” actresses who appear in the second act of the next day and escape alien invaders from Earth or scuffling with aliens on an alien ship. You’ll find one or two regulars on the list below, but our intent is not to stir up familiar faces from sci-Fi genres but to honor the actors who have created some of the most distinctive and iconic roles.

The random generator tool collates 17 entries, recording 17 iconic roles that should have been played by men, but was instead played by women. As Ellen Ripley, M, Paula, Evelyn Salt, Starbuck and others, but they were very successful and impressed the audience.

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