The primary attraction of an upcoming/released film is always the actor/actress starring in it. The plot and other elements always fall below them. So, what happens when popular stars are removed from popular movies while the fans are unaware of the backstory? Well, nothing but rumours. There have been many instances where this has happened. Today, we’ll try to take a look at some of the most famous ones. Check it out!
1. Sylvester Stallone
By the time director, Martin Brest approached Sylvester for Beverly Hills Cop, he had already starred in hit movies (future franchises) like Rocky and Rambo. Hence, he was aware of the shortcomings and hustle that comes with a movie like Brest’s. However, while they tried to make it work, Sylvester had some trouble with comical timings. Unfortunately, director Brest threw his hands and gave up when Stallone tried to rewrite the entire script. The movie then fell into Eddie Murphy’s lap and we’re thankful for that.
2. Ryan Gosling
We all know that Gosling was fired from Peter Jackson’s 2009 movie, The Lovely Bones. But it didn’t work out and it instantly became news. Initial rumours had it that he was fired because he was too young. But that’s not the case. Gosling had put on 60 pounds for the character because according to him that’s how he wanted it to be. While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, he explained that he and the director had little interaction in the pre-production stage, hence weren’t on the same page.
3. Anne Hathaway
Hathaway was originally approached for 2007 Knocked Up. However, she wasn’t a big fan of the birth scene at the end of the movie and found her way out. She expressed that she had not experienced motherhood and wasn’t sure of what she will deliver during the filming. The movie then went on to Katherine Heigl who, after the release, created quite the controversy by calling the movie sexist. Chaotic, isn’t it?
4. Megan Fox
Megan Fox was at the peak of her career with the lead role in the Transformers series. But, that didn’t take long to perish. She was instantly fired from the third instalment when she compared director Michael Bay to Adolf Hitler in an interview and that it was a “nightmare” to work for him. Producer Steven Spielberg didn’t take a moment to reach out to Bay and fire her. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took her place and did the job just fine.
5. Terrence Howard
This might be the best case of popular stars being replaced in movies. He originally played Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes in 2008’s Iron Man. He signed a three-picture deal with Marvel. FUN FACT: At the time, he was earning more than Robert Downey Jr. But things changed when the movie blew the box office away. Then, Marvel reportedly gave Howard much less money and said that the sequel would do good with or without him. That ought to hurt. He was replaced by Don Cheadle who is now getting his own Disney+ MCU series – Armor Wars.