Actors replaced during filming
For the main roles in films and TV shows, the actor does not always claim the first time. It happens that hundreds of young and promising artists come to the test. But sometimes completely random situations occur when the actor has already started acting, and during the filming he was replaced. We made a selection of such cases, and a lot of them accumulated.
Recently in Hollywood, a scandal over sexual harassment flared up. It all started with litigation with Harvey Weinstein, and later remembered about the "merits" of Kevin Spacey. Even before the end of the lawsuit, no one wanted to deal with the actor, and they shamefully kicked him out of the series “House of Cards”, killing his character.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. had a few days to star in the movie "Gravity", but in the end this role went to George Clooney. Director Alfonso Cuaron himself later shared: “Robert is a fantastic actor, especially if you let him“ breathe freely ”on the set, improvise, change something. When we clarified all the technological aspects of Gravity, it became clear that this would be a big obstacle to his manner of playing. "
Megan Fox gained world fame after filming in the first two parts of Transformers, but many were surprised why she was not in the third part of the series. Moreover, she played the role of the girl of the protagonist, whom he sought for a long time, and then suddenly found a replacement for her. It turned out that Megan began acting in Transformers 3: The Dark Side of the Moon, but she had a big fight with director Michael Bay. The actress called him "Hitler and Napoleon in the director's chair", for which she was deprived of her role, and replaced her by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
In the modern adaptation of the classics called “Romeo + Juliet”, DiCaprio was approved for the role of the main character, and Natalie Portman for the role of his lover. But when the shooting began, the director thought that the young and fragile Natalie looks too young against the background of her partner, and yet they should be the same age. The actress later recalled the director’s words: “I was told that it looked like Leonardo seduced me in the scene with a kiss. I was very upset, but did not want to star in a film for which I am not suitable. " As a result, Claire Danes took her place.
With Eric Stolz, a not very beautiful situation came out. He worked on the set of Back to the Future for five weeks. And he played, it would seem, not bad, but the director was missing something to make the role “funny and memorable”. Therefore, Steven Spielberg approved for the role of McFly Michael Jay Fox.
Ryan Gosling has already been approved for the role of father in the movie Cute Bones, but he became interested in amateur performances and gained a lot of strength for the sake of convincing play. His once slender body found a noticeable stomach, and his face – cheeks and a second chin. Director Peter Jackson did not forgive the actor for such arbitrariness and took on the role of Mark Wahlberg.
The role of Tony in the fantasy “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” was the last work of Heath Ledger. During the filming, he died, and this news made a lot of noise. At first, the scriptwriters and the director did not know what to do, because there was not enough footage for the film. Later, they decided to write in the plot the fact that Tony, having passed through a magic mirror, changes his appearance. Heath Ledger in various scenes was replaced by Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law.
There was a flagrant situation with Christian Bale. In 2000, he was approved for the lead role in the movie "American Psycho." But in those years he was not as popular as Leonardo DiCaprio, and when Leo wanted to star in this picture, Bale was immediately fired along with the director Mary Herron, who defended him. But the story did not end there: DiCaprio hinted that a similar role could ruin his career, and he still refused it, after which Bale was returned.
Nicole Kidman, and not Jodie Foster, was supposed to play in the film “Room of Fear”. When she was already approved for the role, Kidman injured her knee on the set of Moulin Rouge and refused to star. Director David Fincher urgently began to look for a replacement for her. And found it. Jodie Foster managed, although she had only nine days to prepare for the role.
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