Actors fired because they were not right for the role

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Ashton Kutcher was to play Drew in Elizabethtown.

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However, director Cameron Crowe had always wanted Orlando Bloom, who was not available at the start. Kutcher said he “was not disciplined enough as an actor” in rehearsals, and as soon as Bloom became available, Kutcher and Crowe reached a “mutual agreement” that Kutcher would no longer play the role.


2.

Cassie Steele, best known as Manny from Degrassi, had originally been cast to vote for Raya Raya and the last dragon.

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Steele was replaced in the Disney movie after “key changes” were made to Ray’s character, meaning Steele no longer fits. “It’s just one of the creative moments of change,” explained producer Osnat Shurer. Steele was replaced by Kelly Marie Tran.


3.

Lisa Kudrow was supposed to play Roz Frasier before she played Phoebe further Friends.

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Kudrow was replaced by Peri Gilpin when he filmed the pilot, and later said, “I was not really into the role. [or] for the group’s chemistry. “She even felt that director James Burrows did not like her, and she was worried that he would fire her from Friends also when she started working on the show of which he directed episodes.


4.

Jenna Fischer was fired Man with a plan because people could not separate her from her character The office.

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Fischer was fired after the test audience could not separate her or costar Matt LeBlanc from their famous sitcom characters and said they did not think Pam and Joey would ever fit well together. She was replaced by Liza Snyder.


5.

Julianne Moore was replaced by Melissa McCarthy Can you ever forgive me?

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“I think she did not like what I was doing,” Moore said of author and original director Nicole Holofcener. “I think her idea of ​​where the character was was different than where my idea of ​​where the character was, and therefore she fired me.” She was replaced by Melissa McCarthy.


6.

Colin Firth’s voice was too old to Paddington.

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Firth was originally supposed to express the beloved child character, but director Paul King later decided it did not fit well. “When the actual picture of the character appeared, you suddenly say, ‘This is just a young, soft creature.’ Somehow it just did not have his voice,” King said. “Paddington does not have the voice of a very handsome older man.” Ben Whishaw later took over the role.


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Natalie Portman had the opposite problem Romeo + Juliet – she was too young.

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Portman was fired for being too young for the role – she was 13 at the time, Julie’s age in Shakespeare’s play, but seemed too young alongside 21-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio. Portman was replaced by Claire Danes, who was 17.


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The same was Stuart Townsend for the role of Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.

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Townsend was to play the hero Aragorn in the extensive saga, but was replaced by Viggo Mortensen just as the filming began, even though Townsend had been on the spot and rehearsed for two months. Townsend was reportedly replaced for being too young, though he himself admitted he was not feeling well on the set.


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Dax Shepard was supposed to star in the lead role Will and Grace but was fired after the table read.

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Shepard was supposed to play Jackson Boudreaux at the restart of the show, but was fired after “something stunk” (his own words) at the table read. The role later went to Nick Offerman.


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One of Michael J. Fox’s most iconic roles is Marty McFly from Back to the Future – but it turns out that Eric Stoltz was originally cast in the role.

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Stoltz was replaced a few weeks inside the filming when it became clear that the film needed more of a “screwball” than a serious dramatic actor. Fox was then cast in the film and its sequels.


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Harvey Keitel also played the character in the wrong tone when he was cast as Willard Apocalypse now.

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After a week of filming, director Francis Ford Coppola realized that Keitel was not the right person for the role of Captain Willard, who was supposed to be more of a spectator than Keitel played him. His role was taken over by Martin Sheen.


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Kel O’Neill was fired There will be blood after failing to contact the instructor.

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson got O’Neill to show up two weeks early to help him get into character for the period drama, but O’Neill said he knew pretty quickly that it was not working between him and Anderson. He was later fired and replaced by Paul Dano.


13.

Sarah Silverman was fired from sitcom Pride and joy after misinterpreting the show’s ~ sauciness ~.

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Silverman was fired from the family-friendly sitcom after using her tongue in a kissing scene when that was what she thought they were doing on the sitcom Happy Days. It was apparently not appropriate, and she said the manufacturer probably felt it was easier to replace her than to correct her. She was probably too young for the role too – Silverman admitted she looked 15, but was cast as an architect and mother. She was replaced by Julie Warner.


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Mark Webber was reportedly fired Stumptown after the pilot for not being attractive enough.

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Webber was replaced by Jake Johnson after the pilot, claiming it was because network executives felt he was not handsome enough for the role in a long social media tirade.


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Former teenage heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. was also fired from the CW series Nancy Drew after the pilot.

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Similarly, Prinze Jr., who played Drew’s father in the pilot, was replaced after the producers decided to “go in a different direction.” His role would end up being played by Scott Wolf.


16.

Jean Claude Van Damme went Predator after difficulty involving his costume.

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Van Damme was cast as Predator because of the way he moved – but the costume made it very difficult for him to move in the same way. He was also very uncomfortable in the costume and felt uncomfortable performing some of the stunts which he claims led to him being replaced. However, there are other different explanations for why Van Damme was fired, including that producers just wanted to go with a bigger actor. Kevin Peter Hall was the replacement.


17.

Dennis Hopper was fired after only days of filming Truman Show.

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Mares were replaced after only two days. Producer Scott Rudin apparently did not want him in the role and had made an agreement with director Peter Weir that if he was still unhappy with Hopper after the first day, they would fire him. It ended up happening and Hopper was replaced by Ed Harris.


18.

Gerard McSorley was replaced after the shooting for the Oscar-winning film The departed.

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The Irish actor was replaced by Martin Sheen, who himself admitted that he may have been too focused on promoting his latest film, which affected his preparation for the role in the Scorsese film. He also seemed to have different ideas about the character than what we saw in the finished product, believing that Queenan should be a former Northern Irish police officer.


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And finally, Phil Burns was recast after the first season of Seinfeld.

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Burns played Jerry’s father in season 1 of the hit show, but was reworked for season 2. In a DVD movie, director Tom Cherones reveals that Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld wanted Jerry to have a tougher parent, and Burns was not the right fit further. They cast Barney Martin instead.


Now I have a question for you – which actors should have been replaced because they were completely wrong for a role, but were not? Tell us in the comments!

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