We all watch movies where the main characters are written well, but the actor makes you feel like you cannot relate. Bad casting has made potentially great movies seem adequate on many occassions. I think the reason why people LOVE the move Ghost is not only due to the hopelessly romantic script, but the cast have been chosen perfectly to suit the characters, and here is why
She has a coldness that most people would feel after being widowed, but a warmth that compliments that fact that she still feels Sam’s spirit with her.
A natural “girl next door’ look that makes this movie much more obtainable and heart warming.
Patrick Swayze a.k.a Sam
How can you go wrong with an 80’s heartthrob like Patrick Swayze. Dirty Dancing made the world look at the dominating Roadhouse bouncer in a completely different light, hence his role as Sam in Ghost.
Swayze was casted as Sam after Zucker saw him on an interview, Swayze burst into tears at the mere mention of his father and was offered the role as a result becuase they wanted to portray a strong man who felt sadness longing for his wife.
Swayze’s ability to act/react without being a part of the action but rather having to observe, which he later went on to say made Ghost his most challenging role.
The chemistry that he seems to have with every leading lady that he is matched with makes him the PERFECT choice for Ghost.
Whoopi Goldberg a.k.a Oda Mae Brown
When you think of Whoopi Goldberg, you don’t necessarily think “dramatic actress” but she proved the world wrong in her portrayal of a psychic suffering from denial in Ghost.
Whoopi Goldberg’s ability to blur the lines of comedy vs. tragedy provides much needed comic relief to an otherwise heart wrenching story.
Although Whoopi was not the first choice to play Oda Mae (the only reason that she was awarded the role was because she was friends with Patrick Swayze and he convinced Zucker to cast her), this is the role that awarded her an oscar. Whoopi Goldberg was the first actress to win EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).
Oda Mae is Bruce Joel Rubin’s (writer of Ghost) favourite character of his own creation, he has often said that whoopi added an element of charm that he never expected the character to have.
and. . . because we cannot write about Ghost and exclude the pottery scene, Patrick Swayze has maintained that this scene was his favourite, most romantic and sexiest scene from any of his performances.
Ghost is one of those classics that will stay classic through the ages. There is really something for everyone. The unadulterated love that is shared between Molly and Sam, the uneasy relationship between Sam and Carl, the frightening prospect of moving into the spiritual realm escalated by the dark shadows, the suspense of the possible harm that will fall upon Molly and a sense of comedic relief when Oda Mae steps in. So no matter your taste in movies, there is something that you and your loved ones can share.