Pretty faces check! Slew of hits to their credit check! Multi-million dollar worth check! Still canned for the movie, eh? Befuddling but stark reality of some of the celebrities who were dropped from movies; some for legitimate reasons (read injuries!), some for doubtful excuses (“creative differences”) and some, well, for being the member of old school big mouth club.
So here are 5 actors that were sacked in recent times-
Original casting: Gerard McSorley
Replacement: Martin Sheen
A Martin Scorsese gem, The Departed saw the exit of Irish actor, Gerard McSorley due to reasons withheld and entrant of Martin Sheen to essay the role of Queenan. We doubt what undisclosed reasons would have been?
Original casting: Anne Hathaway
Replacement: Katherine Heigl
A 2007 instant hit, Knocked Up saw the replacement of Anne Hathaway with Katherine Heigl of Grey’s Anatomy fame. Actor Anne Hathaway was quoted saying that she found the graphic birth scene, which depicts a vagina shot during birth, was unnecessary for the plot and could have been done away with. Anne’s loss turned out to be Katherine’s gain which catapulted her into the limelight.
Original casting: Megan Fox
Replacement: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
A classic example of why you should not talk behind someone’s back especially when people involved are writing you a big fat check! Actor Megan Fox faced the music when she compared director Michael Bay to Hitler in an interview. Word got out and executive producer of the movie, Steven Spielberg, didn’t take the analogy lightly and got Ms. Fox fired. Audiences didn’t complain when replacement was Victoria’s Secret’s model Ms. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley!
THE LOVELY BONES
Original Star: Ryan Gosling
Replacement: Mark Wahlberg
The notebook star, Ryan Gosling was supposed to play the role of Dad in The Lovely Bones, a 2009 film. Apprehensive from the very beginning about doing justification to the role, still Mr. Gosling bulked up by gaining more than 25kg, growing a beard and indeed looking quite distinctive and aged compared to the real self. But in the end he thought otherwise and settled to walk away from the project. Mark Wahlberg ended up essaying the role just one day prior to the shoot.
Original Star: Dougray Scott
Replacement: Hugh Jackman
Possibly the most successful franchise of all time, X-man director Bryan Singer originally offered the role of Wolverine to Russell Crowe. After Mr. Crowe turned it down, the role went to Dougray Scott before finally falling in the lap of Hugh Jackman. We all know how that turned out! Wolverine became the standout character amongst the X-Man clan and Hugh Jackman tuned into the hottest commodity in Hollywood.