The road to making a movie is never easy. Even the most legendary directors strive to make the perfect movie. Several things may turn south, leaving directors and producers striving to make things right. While directors may bypass some problems with proper planning, other issues can be spontaneous.
One of the most troubling problems is changing cast. Either for professional or personal reasons, some actors are simply unfit for the role they get offered. Sometimes, matters get so out of hand that directors have to fire celebrities, no matter how famous they are. Here is a list of celebrities fired or replaced during production.
The comedy classic Beverly Hills Cop is one of the most loved movies ever to be made. Initially, the role of Axel Foley was supposed to be played by Sylvester Stallone. Stallone wanted to change Alex’s character during the early days of production and turn him into a certified action hero. As Stallone was demanding too many alterations, the production team had no other choice but to replace him with Eddie Murphy. In all honesty, it was a wise choice. Murphy’s unique charm took the movie to another level.
You can’t imagine anyone playing Wolverine other than Hugh Jackman. However, the producer’s first choice for the role was Dougray Scott. Scott gathered a great deal of fame during the 90s. When filming for the X-Men began, Scott was involved in many other projects. Since he was primarily unavailable for shooting, the producers let him go, and thus, Hugh Jackman replaced him. Jackman played the part so well that it’s nearly impossible to find someone who can live up to his standard.
Nicole Kidman had already begun filming for the thriller Panic Room before being replaced. Unfortunately for Kidman, she couldn’t continue with the film as she injured her knee during filming. In place of Kidman, the producers assigned Judie Foster to play the distressed mother Meg’s role. Foster had to shut down a movie she was directing at that time to take up the part. Do you think Kidman could have done a better job than Foster?