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  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Jennifer Goines In The '12 Monkeys' Series, Played By Emily Hampshire on Random Iconic Female Roles That Were Original Played By Men

    (#16) Jennifer Goines In The '12 Monkeys' Series, Played By Emily Hampshire

    The Brad Pitt character in the 1995 film became female for the TV series, because producers didn't want to put that kind of pressure on an actor. Jeffrey became Jennifer, but the interpretation is Hampshire’s. She said about her performance: "It's the same character, but I'm not doing an impression of his performance - it's totally new.”

    They did give her character a replica of Pitt’s pullover - Comic-Con fans dug it.

     

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

    (#9) Kyle Pratt

    The role was originally written as a father looking for his missing daughter on a plane. “We sort of took one shot with an actor, and then we had the idea that this is maybe [the wrong story] to do with a man - maybe we need to do this with a mother," director Robert Schwentke said. "It’s much more archaic; the bond between a mother and daughter is a different one than the father and the daughter. Thinking along the lines of how we can make this the most emotionally impactful movie possible, we started thinking about Jodie and, thank God, she was interested in doing it."

    They did keep the original name of the male character, though.

     

  • 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. 

     

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

    (#6) Starbuck

    When Ronald D. Moore resurrected Battlestar Galactica, he wanted to avoid any comparison of Starbuck to Han Solo. "Making Starbuck a woman was a way of avoiding what I felt would be 'rogue pilot with a heart of gold' cliche,” Moore said. He also wanted to update Kara Thrace and bring her into the modern world, explaining, “the whole notion of women in the military is a relatively new idea.” 

    Starbuck was still a highly sexual, hard-drinking fighter pilot with blond hair.

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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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