I was reading an interview with J.K. Simmons recently and he's an extremely likable actor to me. I have never watched Oz, but I'm told he is quite good in it. Loved him as Juno's dad. I think he's woefully underused in The Closer - why is he sitting in the background while I have to watch Kyra Sedgwick parade around doing a high-school-play version of a southern drawl? However, I think it's universally agreed that he plays the ideal version of J. Jonah Jameson. Not just the best version of all the people that have played Jameson, but played so well that you basically could not do that role better. The question, of course, is what the yardstick is - in Jameson's case, we have lots of source material against which to compare the portrayal. It's harder to say this about roles that are original. Could Will Smith have been a 'better' Neo than Keanu Reeves? Maybe. But in that case there's no Neo in literature or Neo in comic books to set the standard. FOCUS: Who embodies a role so well that it is virtually unimaginable that it could be played better by any other person? ANTI-FOCUS: Who would you recast in a famous role? Whyso? RULE: This is not a thread to bust out your not-so-obscure movie trivia about who was actually slated to play what role. Anybody who posts anything with a sentence of the form "Did you know that [X] was originally supposed to play [Y]?" will be banninated for a term of my choosing. If I hear one fucking peep about Tom Selleck and Indiana Jones or Christopher Walken and Han Solo I will go goddamn Superfly TNT on your ass.