15 Famous Actors Who Were Cut From Movies

Updated August 24, 2017
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We all love watching our favorite actors on-screen even if they have very limited screen time. But what if your favourite actor is cast in for an exciting project, shot his scenes and then cut off from the final cut? Heartbreaking, right? Yes, indeed. But it’s not uncommon in Hollywood. The reasons as to why a certain actor is being cut off from the film after working on it could vary. It might be the studio interference or dispute with regards to the various versions of the film, maybe the director felt the actor was miscast midway through the film or, as it happens most often, time constraints. So let’s take a look at the list of 15 famous actors who were cut from movies.


15. Ethan Hawke – Total Recall (2012)

Len Wiseman’s remake of the famous Paul Verhoeven sci-fi flick originally had Ethan Hawke play a small part. The actor appeared as Carl Hauser before his physical appearance was altered by the UFB that turned him into Quaid. However, his part was cut out by Wiseman as he felt it would over complicate the film and so the theatrical version did not feature Hawke but he does appear in the extended director’s cut. It wasn’t a bad decision because Hawke’s part may have further wrecked the story with more convoluted drama and so Wiseman was right here.


14. Ellen Pompeo – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Ellen Pompeo had a very interesting part to play in Charlie Kaufman’s cerebral romance drama, ‘Eternal Sunshinte of the Spotless Mind’, directed by Michel Gondry. She was cast in to play the role of Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend and filmed a few scenes but Gondry decided to cut her performance out from the film. But nevertheless she remained grateful to Gondry for selecting her for the part as the casting helped her with various other roles she went on to do later in her career.


13. Harvey Keitel and Jennifer Jason Leigh – Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Stanley Kubrick was a perfectionist and he often demanded the best out of his actors, driving them to such extreme emotional edges. His final erotic masterpiece ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ holds the Guinness World Records for the longest continuous film shoot (400 days) but like in any of his other projects, troubles occurred on set and actors Harvey Keitel and Jennifer Jason Leigh couldn’t commit to the film for such a long time as their schedules were conflicting. So Keitel went for ‘Finding Graceland’ and Leigh went for ‘eXistenZ’ and both were replaced by Marrie Richardson and Sydney pollack in the film’s final cut.


12. Sienna Miller – Black Mass (2015)

This Scott Cooper directed ensemble biographical drama had the beautiful Sienna Miller in the role of James Whitey Bulger’s girlfriend. It would have been great to have her onscreen sharing space with the ever cool Johnny Depp and moreover she had a meaty role to play bu Cooper thought that Bulger’s life was “less dramatic” during the years he spent with Catherine Greig and so decided to have her scenes cut out entirely from the movie. But we can’t really complain much about the movie as it’s such a solidly constructed drama.


11. Paul Rudd – Bridesmaids (2011)

In this feminine comedy drama starring Kristen Wilg, Paul Rudd plays one of the men Wilg goes out on a date with. So the couple plan out for an ice skating date but what happens here is so awkwardly hilarious. Things go awful between the two and Rudd’s character gets incredibly angry and hurls abuses at two children. This angers Wilg but before she could stop him, the father of the kid whom he was abusing enters the scene and smacks him hard as Wilg gets off from the scene. It’s a pretty awkward scene and so it’s not surprising that the makers decided to cut it off.

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