Just because you’re a Hollywood movie star with the world on a string doesn’t mean that everything goes perfectly well for all of your movies.
Sometimes even the most famous actors have bad days or bad attitudes that lead them straight out of the show. These 15 actors got fired right on set !
Bruce Willis in The Expendables 3
When the figure of the salary he asked for was way too high, he got ousted from the distribution. Stallone will go as far as saying on Twitter “Greedy and lazy… a sure formula for career failure”.
Ryan Gosling in Lovely Bones
As he really wanted to put himself in the shoes of a mourning father, Gosling willingly gained over 66 pounds ! End Result : he was too fat before filming and Peter Jackson gave the role to Mark Wahlberg.
Stuart Townsend in The Lord of the Rings
Before Viggo Mortensen was chosen for his role in the trilogy, Townsend was supposed to be Aragon until the day before the production started. Before that day he trained for 2 months in sword wielding and the production even refused to pay for the training after they fired him.
Isaiah Washington in Grey’s Anatomy
After being in the shoes of Dr Burke for the first two seasons of the show, he got fired during the third season after making homophobic statements about one of the actors of the show. He was written out of the script when he ran away from his own wedding, ouch…
Gary Dourdan in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
The man who played Warrick Brown in the show told the media he was leaving the series because of differences in “creative choices”. Truth was that Dourdan had some legal problems stemming from gambling and possession of cocaine and ecstasy. He ended up breaking somebody’s nose … his wife’s!
James Purefoy in V for Vendetta
Hugo Weavin replacing Purefoy was brought to light and explained by the fact that there was “artistic disputes” on set. The real matter was that he had to wear the mask for the entire shooting. After 6 weeks in, he left the set so the production used the materials they had with Purefoy, overlapped with Weaving’s voice to unify everything, nice and easy !
Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future
After he was thought too serious for a role supposedly fun and off-beat, he got replaced by Michael J Fox to be Marty McFly in the movies, all of this happened a month and a half into production…
Robert Downey Jr in Gravity
This one won’t be about disputes or behaviourial problems, but simple technology was the culprit when the director had to change Robert Downey Jr for George Clooney. All the equipment used for the movie was a bit too much for the actor to cope with.
Thomas Gibson in Criminal Minds
One could wonder why the production would fire the main actor after more than 12 seasons. Well long story short Thomas Gibson, aka special agent Hotch, got fired because he hit one of the writers of the show, which is why he just appeared in the first two episodes of the next season.
Megan Fox in Transformers 3
After a hefty argument between the actress and Michael Bay, mostly about the way he worked and portrayed her, Steven Spielberg decided to drive her away from the production and replace her for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Harvey Keitel in Apocalypse Now
Another contestant in the premature layoff category, Francis Ford Coppola decided after just one week into filming to change captain Willard’s role and give it to Martin Sheen, whom Coppola found very convincing in the Godfather. After this decision Keitel really pondered if he should put an end to his acting journey in the United States.
Lisa Kudrow in Frasier
Even though her one of a kind character in Friends is known worldwide, Kudrow was originally supposed to be in a show called Frasier in the early 1990s. It was just before the show that she was estimated unfit by the production and was fired. Which is also part of the reason why she ended up with an even more massive role that most of us still recall today. This worked out well for Lisa Kudrow … we bet the production team at Frasier were kicking themselves!
Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards
The actor got fired after harassment complaints, and after some internal investigation, the production decided to go on without him for a 6th and last part of the show, with Robin Wright as the main actress.
Tobey Maguire in Life of Pi
Spiderman’s main actor wasn’t really fired on set… but while editing ! The director Ang lee thought he was too famous for his part and that it would disturb the other actors on set and the audience. It was then decided to cut him and replace him with Rafe Spall.
Jean Claude Van Damme in Predator
Wearing a confusing costume during the set of Predator, JCVD thought he would be fighting Arnorld Schwarzenegger using martial arts and kept on believing so even after the production told him it would just be the predator costume. His agitated behaviour after that forced the production to fire him.