Actors fired because they weren’t good for the role


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Ashton Kutcher was supposed to play Drew in Elizabethtown.

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Director Cameron Crowe had always wanted Orlando Bloom, who wasn’t available at first. Kutcher said he “wasn’t disciplined enough as an actor” during rehearsals, and as soon as Bloom became available, Kutcher and Crowe came to a “mutual agreement” that Kutcher would no longer play the role. .


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Cassie Steele, better known as Manny of Degrassi, was originally chosen to voice Raya in Raya and the last dragon.

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Steele was replaced in the Disney film after “key changes” were made to Raya’s character, which means Steele is no longer in good shape. “This is just one of those moments of creative change,” explained producer Osnat Shurer. Steele has been replaced by Kelly Marie Tran.


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Lisa Kudrow was supposed to play Roz on Frasier before she plays Phoebe on Friends.

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Kudrow was replaced by Peri Gilpin a few days after the pilot was filmed, later stating: “I was not good for the role [or] for the alchemy of the group. She even had the impression that director James Burrows didn’t like her and feared that he would fire her from Friends also when she started working on this show, of which he directed episodes.


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Jenna Fischer was fired from Man with a plan because people couldn’t separate her from her character of Office.

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Fischer was fired after the test, the audience couldn’t divorce her or her co-star Matt LeBlanc from their famous sitcom characters, saying they didn’t think Pam and Joey would ever get along well. She has been replaced by Liza Snyder.


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Julianne Moore has been replaced by Melissa McCarthy in Can you ever forgive me?

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“I think she didn’t like what I was doing”, Moore noted by original writer and director Nicole Holofcener. “I think her idea of ​​where the character was was different from where my idea of ​​where the character was was, so she fired me.” She has been replaced by Melissa McCarthy.


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Colin Firth’s voice was too old to Paddington.

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Firth was originally meant to voice the beloved children’s character, but director Paul King later decided that was a bad choice. “As the actual character visual emerged, you suddenly said to yourself, ‘This is just a fluffy young creature. “Somehow he just didn’t have his voice,” King noted. “Paddington doesn’t have the voice of a very handsome older man.” Ben Whishaw then took over the role.


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Natalie Portman had the reverse problem in 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, Juliet’s age in Shakespeare’s play, but looked far too young alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, 21. Portman has been replaced by Claire Danes, who has been 17.


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Much like Stuart Townsend for the role of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings.

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Townsend was Assumed to play the hero Aragorn in the sprawling saga, but was replaced by Viggo Mortensen right at the start of filming, even though Townsend had rehearsed on location for two months. Townsend was would have replaced for being too young, though he also admitted he wasn’t having a good time on set.


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Dax Shepard was supposed to be the guest of Will and grace but was fired after reading the table.

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Shepard was supposed to playing Jackson Boudreaux on the show’s reboot but was fired after “something stinks” (his own words) at the table reading. The role then went to Nick Offerman.


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

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Stoltz was replaced A few weeks after filming began, it became clear that the film needed more of a “face” than a serious dramatic actor. Fox was then chosen for the film and its sequels.


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Harvey Keitel also played the character the wrong way when he was cast to play Willard in Apocalypse now.

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


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Kel O’Neill was fired from There will be blood after failing to connect with the director.

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson asked O’Neill to show up two weeks earlier to help play the character of the period drama, but O’Neill noted that he knew pretty quickly that it wasn’t working between him and Anderson. He was then fired and replaced by Paul Dano.


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Sarah Silverman was fired from the sitcom Pride and joy after misinterpreting the ~ sausage ~ of the show.

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Silverman was fired from the family sitcom after using the tongue in a kiss scene because that’s what she thought they did in the sitcom Happy Days. Apparently it wasn’t appropriate, and she said the producer probably thought it was easier to replace her than to fix her. She was also probably far too young for the role – Silverman admitted she was 15 but was chosen as an architect and mother. She was replaced by Julie Warner.


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Mark Webber was reportedly fired from 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 thought he wasn’t good-looking enough for the role in a long social media tirade.


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Former teen idol Freddie Prinze Jr. has also been fired from the CW series Nancy drew after the pilot.

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Likewise, 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.


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Jean Claude Van Damme has left Predator after difficulties regarding his costume.

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Van Damme was to throw as a predator because of the way he moved – but the costume made it very difficult for him to move the same way. He was also very uncomfortable in the costume and felt unsafe performing some of the stunts, which he said led to him being replaced. However, there are other different accounts as to why Van Damme was fired, including the fact that the producers simply wanted to accompany a bigger player. He was replaced by Kevin Peter Hall.


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Dennis Hopper was fired after just a few days of filming for The Truman Show.

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The hopper was replaced after only two days. Producer Scott Rudin apparently didn’t want him in the role and had made a deal with director Peter Weir that if he was still not happy with Hopper after day one, they would fire him. This eventually came to pass and Hopper was replaced by Ed Harris.


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Gerard McSorley replaced after Oscar-winning film began shooting The missing.

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The Irish actor was replaced by Martin Sheen, admitting himself that he may have focused too much 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, feeling that Queenan should be a former Northern Ireland 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 series, but was overhaul for Season 2. In a DVD, director Tom Cherones reveals that Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld wanted Jerry to have a tougher parent, and Burns was no longer the right fit. They chose Barney Martin instead.


Now I have a question for you – which actors should have been replaced because they had absolutely nothing for a role, but weren’t? Let us know in the comments!