Star cast plays a key role in making or breaking the film. When talking about a franchise we always wish to see the same actor playing the same character throughout. However, there have been instances when our favorite franchise had to fire their beloved stars from the forthcoming sequels.
Starting off from a dispute to a controversial statement outraging the general public, the list of reasons is truly long. However, to help you get answers to your every ‘what, why was this star kicked out’, we have brought a list of a few actors who were fired from their roles due to some really shit stuff they said or did.
Gina Carano – The Mandalorian
Carano was asked not to return to the Lucasfilm and Disney show, and plans were scrapped for her character to have her own show due to the Instagram post she shared on 10th February 2021. The post read – “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…. even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?” She subsequently took down the post, but not before it was screenshotted and reposted across many social media sites, with the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending on Twitter.
Alec Baldwin – Patriot Games
Because of a feud between Baldwin and Paramount Pictures’ studio head David Kirkpatrick, Alec Baldwin was replaced from his role as Jack Ryan in 1992’s Patriot Games. Baldwin alleges that Paramount executive David Kirkpatrick pushed him to choose between starring in the sequel and playing A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, while Kirkpatrick argues that Baldwin’s insistence on screenplay clearance resulted in his dismissal from the sequel.
Edward Norton – The Incredible Hulk
Despite having contracts for sequels and a crossover feature with The Avengers, producer Kevin Feige decided not to bring Norton back, with a statement citing “the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” While Norton claims he contributed enough to the writing to get credit, however, that was never given. However, it’s difficult to get a straight answer when you ask Norton why he quit the franchise. He makes it appear as if it’s just a case of artistic misdirection at times. He intended to take the character in one direction, but Marvel wanted to take it in the opposite direction.
Louis C.K. – The Secret Life Of Pets
The studios behind the family-friendly franchise – Universal Pictures and Illumination, broke relations with C.K. after extensive allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him. Also, after Louis admitted to masturbating in front of many female coworkers, FX terminated their contract with him and his production firm, adding, “Now is not the time for him to make television shows. Now is the time for him to honestly address the women who have come forth to speak about their painful experiences.”
Megan Fox – Transformers
Fox never backed away from criticizing Michael Bay’s filmmaking approach, even comparing him to Napoleon and describing him as a “nightmare to work for.” Fox went even farther in the same interview with the magazine, claiming, “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.” As a result, Fox’s character Mikaela Banes was secretly written out and replaced with Carly Spencer, played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, as Sam’s new love interest.