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  • 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. 

     

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    (#3) Paula

    Jane Lynch owes this role to Steve Carell’s wife. Comedian and actor Nancy Walls told Carell that there should be more women in the movie. So, the store manager was changed from male to female. The role wasn’t just handed to Lynch, though; she had to earn it.

    While improvising with the other actors, she nailed the part. She also added a new dimension to sexual harassment in the workplace.

  • 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.

  • Jane Bodine In 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' Played By Sandra Bullock on Random Iconic Female Roles That Were Original Played By Men

    (#12) Jane Bodine In 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' Played By Sandra Bullock

    Sandra Bullock took on the role (a “female Karl Rove”) intended for the film’s producer, George Clooney, after looking around for strong roles for women and finding the search to yield few results. “About two-and-a-half years ago, I just put out the feelers saying, ‘I’m not reading anything I’m excited about. Are there any male roles out there that they don’t mind switching to female, as long as it works?’”  

    The writers didn't really change anything about the character besides her gender.

     

  • Karsi In 'Game Of Thrones,' Played By Birgitte Hjort Sørensen on Random Iconic Female Roles That Were Original Played By Men

    (#5) Karsi In 'Game Of Thrones,' Played By Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

    She only appeared in one episode in Season 5, but Karsi left an impression with viewers. In “Hardhome,” Sorensen’s clan chief and Wilding elder is tough and ready to kick White Walker butt. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the episode, said that Karsi was originally written as a man.   

    They wanted to show another dimension to the Wildling plight as the dark forces closed in on the north. When the warrior and mother faces off with White Walker children, the end result is powerful.

  • 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.

     

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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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