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6 Of The Biggest Mid-Production Movie Recasts

Making a movie is hard enough, but throw in a mid-production recast and oh girl, you’re in for a treat. Let’s take a look at some of roles that were like “Yeah, you, we want you” but then were like “Oh wait, nope never mind. We saw what you did there and we changed our minds, baiiiii.” I am a Hollywood insider, y’all. I know these things.

 

1. Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World

Amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Kevin Spacey was removed from Ridley Scott’s film and replaced with Christopher Plummer. Reshoots are underway as the film aims for a December release. That is a gif of Christopher recently walking onto set.

 

2. Eric Stoltz and Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future

When frontrunner for Marty McFly, Michael J. Fox, had an impossible schedule due to Family Ties, Eric Stoltz was cast in the role. After filming for a few weeks, it became clear the film needed Michael in the role. Awkward…

 

3. Samantha Morton and Scarlett Johansson in Her

Ugh! No matter how hard I try, I can’t find a photo of Scarlett Johansson in the movie Her! Frustrating! Anyway, not during but AFTER the film was finished, director Spike Jonze recast the voice of “Samantha” AKA Her and re-recorded all of the dialogue with Scarlett.

 

4. Harvey Keitel and Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now

Harvey Keitel played the lead role of Captain Willard for less than a week before director Francis Ford Coppola (like the wine!) went with his original choice, Martin Sheen.

 

5. Stuart Townsend and Viggo Mortenson in Lord of the Rings

King of Gondor AKA Aragon was originally going to be played by Stuart Townsend, then 26 years old. Peter Jackson said “Nah, I’m not down with that” even after Stuart had been training for the role and went with 40 year old actor Viggo Mortenson.

 

6. Buddy Ebsen and Jack Haley in The Wizard of Oz

Buddy Ebsen was originally set to play the role of the Tin Man but after health complications due to the aluminum-based makeup, he was recast with Jack Haley. In this case, it’s all good though because Buddy went on to star in The Beverly Hillbillies, a popular show from the ’60s that I watched in the ’90s because I didn’t have cable and it was the only thing on.

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