15 Celebrities Surprisingly Getting Cut Out Of Big Hit Movies

1. Leonardo DiCaprio was removed from the 1992 thriller Poison Ivy, starring Drew Barrymore.

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Leonardo told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast that back when he was performing the sitcom Growing Pains, he was cast as a character who was thought to deliver a somewhat wordy insult to Sarah Gilbert’s character. He couldn’t do it right, though, so the director works things out and told him to just enter the room, look at Sarah, and say, “Problems.” In the end, the whole part was cut from the movie.

2. Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly in Back to the Future — and recorded the role for 5 weeks! — before being replaced by Michael J. Fox.

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After five weeks of recording, director Robert Zemeckis decided Eric just wasn’t working as Marty. According to the book, We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, part of the problem was that Eric’s take on the role was too serious for the movie, and he wasn’t doing justice with the script’s humor.

3. Daisy Ridley would have made her first appearance in a major motion picture in The Inbetweeners 2 but got cut out of the movie.

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Daisy recorded a scene that was thought to open the movie, but months later the filmmakers chose they wanted to reshoot it (for non-Daisy reasons). Sadly, by then she was busy shooting Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so they had to recast the role.

4. Prince William and Prince Harry shot cameos as stormtroopers in Star Wars: The Last Jedi but were cut out of the movie.

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The princes didn’t mess up their cameo royally but, rather, were removed because they stand over 6 feet tall and looked out of place with the rest of the more ordinary-height stormtroopers.

5. Sterling K. Brown was cut out of M. Night Shyamalan’s Split.

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M. Night selected that Sterling’s scene took the movie away from its main focus too long. You can watch one of his deleted scenes here.

6. Paul Rudd’s part as a bad date of Kristen Wiig’s Annie was removed out of Bridesmaids.

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Director Paul Feig, Paul was hilarious in his scene but the movie was already running too long, and they are really weren’t a need for a third man in Annie’s life.

7. Harrison Ford made a cameo in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial but ended up forever an outtake.

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Considering that E.T. was written by Harrison’s then-wife, Melissa Mathison, and directed by his Raiders of the Lost Ark collaborator Steven Spielberg. But his part as an uptight principal who studies Elliott the riot act after all the drama in the escaping-frogs scene didn’t add much, so it was removed.

8. Robert Pattinson played Reese’s son in a part that was cut out of Vanity Fair.

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Since Reese is only 9 years older than Robert, they make a complete lot more sense as a couple than as mother and son, which might have something to do with why his scenes were cut out from the movie.

9. Shailene Woodley shot scenes as a Marvel character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but didn’t make it to the final cut.

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If you are aware of Spider-Man’s history, you know that after Gwen Stacy is killed, Peter finally finds love again with Mary Jane Watson. Shailene recorded a small role as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with the plan to bring her back in a greater role in the 3rd movie. But as director Marc Webb told the Los Angeles Times, “It felt like a distraction. You can’t have Peter thinking about Gwen every moment and then there’s this girl next door who’s suddenly there.” So, the third movie in the series never got made, and Shailene never appeared as Mary Jane for Spider-Man.

10. Angela Bassett shot scenes as a villain in the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith but scenes got removed.

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Director Doug Liman originally recorded scenes with Jacqueline Bisset playing the role, then reshot the part with Angela. In the end, neither actor appeared in the movie. The director told Entertainment Weekly her character was cut because he changed the film’s ending.

11. Matt Damon was removed from Ocean’s 8 on the cutting room floor.

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Matt’s appearance was likely to cut somewhat for plot reasons — Carl Reiner was also cut out after recording scenes as his Ocean’s 11 character. But according to the Mercury News, there was a different reason was a petition that asked for Matt to be removed because of his “sexist comments about Harvey Weinstein.”

12. Jena Malone was removed from the theatrical release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Jena’s performance was added in the “Ultimate Edition” home video release, however. That’s Jena above as Jenet Klyburn, a weapons specialist and ballistics specialist at S.T.A.R. Labs who helps Lois Lane.

13. Tim Roth recorded scenes for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood but didn’t make it to the final edit.

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Tim has given memorable performances in a number of Quentin Tarantino movies, like Reservoir DogsPulp Fiction, and The Hateful Eight, but his role as Jay Sebring’s British butler didn’t make it into Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

14. Ellen Pompeo filmed a key role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but she’s not in the final film.

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Ellen performed Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend Naomi, but director Michel Gondry chose not to use her scenes, perhaps for reasons explained upon in this video essay.

15. Kevin Spacey’s performance as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World was completely cut out of the movie following sexual assault charges.

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The part was completely reshot with Christopher Plummer, although the actor he replaced can be seen in one wide shot.

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