Why the cast for Ghost were the best choices

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

*Spoiler Alert*
Demi Moore a.k.a. Molly Jansen
Demi Moore has taken a lot of flack for her role as Molly, people seem to think that she is too cold and that she should have been replaced by more intimate actresses (Sandra Bullock and Meg Ryan’s names have been thrown around) but you do need to consider the character. For a woman who has lost a spouse, it is not all sobbing and shouting, her balance of anger and grief provides a realistic portrayal of a grieving widow.
Demi Moore play the role of Widow Molly Jansen

Demi Moore play the role of Widow Molly Jansen

Demi Moore can cry out of either eye on cue (this is what initially interested director, Jerry Zucker).
Demi Moore crying on cue

Demi Moore crying on cue

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.

Molly shares a kiss with her late husband Sam

Molly shares a kiss with her late husband Sam

A natural “girl next door’ look that makes this movie much more obtainable and heart warming.

Demi Moore's natural beauty

Demi Moore’s natural beauty

 

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.

Patrick Swayze plays Sam in Ghost

Patrick Swayze plays 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.

Patrick Swayze as Sam, realising that he had been murdered

Patrick Swayze as Sam, realising that he had been murdered

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.

Sam in the windowsill watching Molly and Carl

Sam in the windowsill watching Molly and Carl

The  chemistry that he seems to have with every leading lady that he is matched with makes him the PERFECT choice for Ghost.

Molly and Sam sharing a tender moment

Molly and Sam sharing a tender moment

 

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 played Oda Mae Brown in Ghost

Whoopi Goldberg played Oda Mae Brown 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.

Oda Mae Brown played by Whoopie Goldberg

Oda Mae Brown played by Whoopi

 

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).

Whoopi Goldberg accepting her oscar

Whoopi Goldberg accepting her oscar

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.

Oda Mae's outstanding reaction to being approved for a bank loan

Oda Mae’s outstanding reaction to being approved for a bank loan

 

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.

The infamous pottery scene form Ghost

The infamous pottery scene form Ghost

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.

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