Nada irritates neither the actors nor their fans more than a controversial substitution. Venture into any hashtag of Fantastic Beastsor in the YouTube comments section of his latest trailer, and Johnny Depp fans will flood you with comments condemning his departure from the franchise.
It often becomes a poisoned gift for the film itself, such as when fans were quick to express their anger at the idea of a The Mummy without Rachel Weisz, or a new movie Nightmare on Elm Street without the original Freddy Krueger.
Many times it is the actors themselves who make their displeasure public, from Terrence Howard’s frustrations with Marvel to Julia Sawalha’s disappointment over her departure from the sequel to Chicken Run.
Money is often the root of these problems, but other situations are arguably much more exasperating: scheduling conflicts, fights, a voice that apparently sounds “too old.”
We’ve rounded up 12 cases in which actors were replaced in sequels or remakes of beloved films, leading to all sorts of annoyances…
Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Days after the British High Court found that a newspaper report calling him a “wife beater” was “substantially true,” Johnny Depp announced that Warner Bros. had asked him to give up the franchise. Fantastic Beasts. The actor had played the villain Gellert Grindelwald in two films, and Mads Mikkelsen stepped in to replace him in the third film. The Secrets of Dumbledore. The move sparked a huge amount of outrage on Twitter, where there were hashtag campaigns proclaiming support for Depp and others vowing to boycott the rest of the series. Fantastic Beasts unless the actor was reinstated.
Robin Williams in Aladdin 2
Robin Williams’ voice role as the Genie in Aladdin is possibly the most famous animated performance in film history. Less famous is the war between Williams and Disney that followed the film’s release. The actor publicly condemned the corporation after claiming that it ignored his request to use only his voice for the film and not for its commercial products. “I just don’t want to sell anything,” Williams said in 1993, “not Burger King, not toys, not things.”
Disney initially denied making such a deal with the actor and sent him a Picasso painting valued at $1 million as a peace offering. That didn’t work, and Williams refused to return for the sequel. The Return of Jafar, which was released straight to video. After incorrectly assuming that he could simply replace Williams in the role (Homer Simpson’s voice actor, Dan Castellaneta, was cast), Disney admitted that it had ignored Williams’ request about the use of his voice and apologized. publicly. Satisfied with the apology, Williams later returned for the sequel. Aladdin and the King of Thieves in 1996.
Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2
When I arrive Iron Man 2 In 2010, one of the main cast members looked very different. Don Cheadle accepted the role of War Machine, even though Terrence Howard played him in the first film. The change proved controversial, with reports claiming that Howard and Marvel had fallen out over money. Other reports said that Howard, thanks to the fact that he was the first actor chosen for Hombre de Hierrowas paid significantly more than everyone else in the film’s cast, including star Robert Downey Jr, something Marvel sought to rectify for the sequel.
“They came to me for the second [película] and they said, ‘Look, we’ll pay you one-eighth of what it says in your contract, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you,’” Howard stated in 2013. Howard also claimed that Marvel used what would have been their salary to increase Downey Jr’s pay, and that Downey Jr had deliberately ignored his calls when he sought his help with his contract renegotiations. The situation was decidedly murky and remains one of the ugliest episodes in Marvel casting history.
Julia Sawalha in Chicken Run 2
The sequel to Chicken Run, which has been a long time in the making, got some bad press in 2020 when the first film’s lead, Julia Sawalha, claimed she had been cut from the sequel. Sawalha claimed that she had been told that her voice sounded “too old” compared to how she sounded in the original film. “They want a younger actress to reprise the role,” Sawalha wrote in a statement. “I’m passionate about my job and I don’t go down without a fight, so I did my own voice test at home and sent it to the producers… However, they said, ‘We’ll move on to cast someone else to voice Ginger.’ ‘. I feel like I’ve been cheated… To say I’m devastated and angry would be an understatement. “I feel totally helpless.” Sawalha ended up being replaced in the role of Ginger by Thandiwe Newton, while Aardman Animation declined to comment on the change.
Rachel Weisz in The Mummy 3
Weisz reportedly turned down the opportunity to reprise the role that made her a star for a third film. The Mummy because I was not happy with the script. She can’t be blamed: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor received poor reviews and then disappeared without a trace in 2008. Fans also didn’t like that Maria Bello, who adopted a twisted British accent for the film, simply replaced Weisz in her role. “I think Rachel is so brilliant and she was beautiful in that role, but they wrote my character so differently that I felt like she was a totally different woman,” Bello explained. “She has the same name, but she is quite a different character.” The public noticed and rebelled.
Rachelle Lefevre in twilight
Lefevre was chosen to portray coven leader Victoria in the films. twilight, and half of the franchise was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard. It was a controversial decision, and both Lefevre and the production company Summit Entertainment spoke about it with the press. “I am deeply hurt by Summit’s surprising decision to move forward without me,” Lefevre said in a statement, after insisting that his participation in the film Barney’s Version would not coincide with the production dates of the sequel to twilight, Eclipse. Summit disagreed, writing in its own statement that Lefevre demonstrated a “lack of cooperative spirit” by allegedly accepting the role of Barney’s Version without first consulting Summit. Meanwhile, Howard stayed away, revealing in 2017 that she and Lefevre had a cordial relationship and that the cast replacement decision “had nothing to do with [ellas]”, adding: “Nothing comes between women, and she is incredible.”
John Goodman and Rick Moranis in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Neither Goodman nor Moranis were under contract to make a sequel to the 1994 hit. The Flintstoneswhich meant that Universal Pictures had to do without them to Long Live Rock Vegas 2000. To solve this problem, Universal made the film a prequel and recruited the decidedly underpowered duo of Mark Addy and Stephen Baldwin to play Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. They failed to impress audiences and the film was a colossal failure, which ended up being the downfall of the entire franchise.
Kathleen Cauley and Jennifer Smith in Harry Potter
In the first Harry Potter films, Hogwarts student Lavender Brown was played by two black actresses, Kathleen Cauley and Jennifer Smith, who were practically extras. By the time Lavender’s role in the series became more important, and she got actual dialogue, it made the most sense to replace them, particularly with a more experienced actress. But the series faced backlash from fans for casting white actress Jessie Cave in the role, and Warner Bros. never explained why the decision was made to change the character’s race just as she began to have greater involvement.
Ryan Gosling in The Lovely Bones
Gosling seemed ready for Oscar attention after signing on to play a grieving father in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones. However, Gosling was fired days after production began and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg. Rumors swirled about the firing, and Jackson was reportedly unhappy with Gosling’s decision to gain weight for the role. Years later, Gosling seemed to confirm the speculation, when he said that he and Jackson “had a different idea of what the character should look like.” He continued: “I really thought I should be 210 pounds.” [95 kilogramos]. We didn’t talk much during the pre-production process, which was the problem… I showed up on set and I was wrong. “Then I was fat and unemployed.”
Crispin Glover in Back to the Future Part II
Glover stands out in the first installment of Back to the Futurewhere he plays the father nerd by Michael J Fox, George McFly. However, for the sequel, Glover objected to what he considered too low a salary and expressed some problems with the script. Upset, the sequel’s creators recruited a new actor, Jeffrey Weissman, and did everything they could to make audiences believe that Glover was still playing the role, including using prosthetics to make Weissman look more like him, and even hanging up the character face down at a certain point in the film.
Weissman claimed to have heard the film’s cinematographer refer to him on set as “Crispin, but without the problems”, while actress Lea Thompson, who played George’s wife Lorraine, revealed that she found it difficult to work with an “imposter” who was not Glover. Glover ended up suing the producers for using his image in the film, with the use of prosthetics, without his permission, and the matter was settled out of court.
Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street
The new 2010 version of A Nightmare on Elm Street was the first to not cast veteran horror star Robert Englund as nightmarish killer Freddy Krueger, replacing him with Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley. Fans were understandably upset, as the film veered from Englund’s manic humor in the role to Haley’s chilling seriousness. In Englund’s defense, he always praised Haley to the highest degree, but admitted in 2012 that the film itself was not for him. “It was a little cold,” he said. “But Haley played Freddy his way.”
Edward Norton in The Avengers
It took three tries to make an actor seem comfortable as The Incredible Hulk, when Mark Ruffalo took on the role of the affable Dr. Bruce Banner for The Avengers 2012. Eric Bana and Edward Norton had played the role in separate films before him, but only Norton publicly condemned Marvel after they didn’t invite him back.
After Marvel CEO Kevin Feige said they had dumped Norton in favor of an actor “who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit” of the franchise (gulp!), Norton responded in an interview with The Independent. He assured that his departure was solely due to money, and not to rumors of confrontations on the set of The Incredible Hulk of 200. Norton said: “It seemed like a cheap and unnecessary lie that it was about things other than money. “They came to me eagerly to talk about it and then at the end of the day it was just an absolute business decision…Marvel is going to have to deal with their own karma: They have bigger problems than I do.”