35 Casting Changes That Altered Movie History

Casting changes happen all the time, often for mundane reasons. Sometimes, though, the insane story behind a recasting is almost as entertaining as the show or movie that it's for.

Our readers brought together the craziest of these stories and we gave $200 to the best ...

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Entry by Mattcee

Paul Dano got the part of E0 Sunday after the previous actore kell o Neilo wwas scared OAf By Daniel Day Lenis constantly staving in charactero When i

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Entry by SwingJay

CRACKEDCON Farley had completed 80-90% of the Shrek voice when he dropped dead. Production stopped and the script was then re-written for Mike Meyers.

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Entry by SwingJay

CRACKEDCON PREDATOR After filming began for both Van Damme anD the suit were recast. When compared to Schwarzenegger and the other guys it became appa

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Entry by luismedina

Willsmith refused to play Django in Quentin Tarantino's Oscar, DJANGO Golden Globe, BAFTAand-a.bunch-others-winning U DHAONEID H A N because Django w

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Dougray Scott was originally cast in the lead role of Wolverine in the first X-Men film but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with the shoot

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Entry by maluba

CRACKED CON Everyone knows that Eric Stoltz was cast as Marty McFly originally, and was canned when his acting wasn't' up to snuff. That's not at all

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Entry by felipe1000

CRACKEDCO Janet Hubert- the original Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Ain allegedly left the show after violating her contract by getting pregnant.

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Entry by felipe1000

R. Lee Ermey was never one of Stanley Kubrick's choices for the role of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket He was originally only brought onas

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Entry by Bennett Rea

Stanley Kubrick almost cast Robin Williams as Jack Torrance in The Shining, but decided that Williams was just too psychotic for the part. So he went

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Entry by davlee1991

KEVIN MORGAN COSTNER FREEMAN Kevin Costner was one of the first actorS considered and approached to play the lead role of Andy Dufresne in one of the

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Entry by AM Smiley

CRACKED COM These tweets, following the tsunami in Japan, cost Gilbert Gottfried his job aS the voice of the Aflac Duck.  was talking to my Japanese

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Entry by whoiswillo

Producers of The Hunger Games changed the cat who portrayed Buttercup between the filming of The Hunger Games and the sequel Catching Fire... It was c

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Originally cast as Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Eric Stoltz was fired for rbeing too serious. Director Robert Zemeckis stated, He's a magnifice

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Entry by Chad_

Before Sharon Gless played Christine Cagney on the hit TV show Cagney & Lacey, the role was played by Meg Foster. she was fired after 6 episodes. Why

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Entry by 404notfound

Nicolas Cage was Cage later claimed originally in talks that he resigned to play Randy from the project The Ram because he does Robinson in not want

Dirty Harry was actually designed for Frank Sinacra to lead the role of the bad-ass cop witHa big-ass gun, But, Sinatra had broker his wrist while f

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Entry by momooveez

CRAGKEDCON As if you needed another example of his lunacy: On the first day of shooting The Room, writer/ director producer/ star Tommy Wiseau fired t

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Mortimner Schneider For his role in The Lovely Bones, Ryan Gosling was concerned that he looked too young. Sohe decided to gain 60 pounds by drinking

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Entry by Adogg1991

CRACKEDCONT The role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, the role that revitalized John Travolta's career, was offered to Michael Madsen, who turned it d

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Entry by JohnnyMcKay

Sofia Coppola's cringe-inducing performance as Mary in her father's The Godfather Ill can almost be defended. The Godlfather IL Despite a history of c

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Entry by Ross667

CRACKED Katie Holmes turned down an offer to reprise her character Rachel Dawes in 2008's The Dark Knight. Her reasoning? She didn't want a schedule

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Entry by Foreverkul

Mary Harron, the director of 'American Psycho', wanted Bale to be the star, but the studio demanded Leonardo DiCaprio get the part. Harron and Bale le

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Entry by tigonhawk

1961 Mel Blanc, the voice of Barney Rubble, is almost killed in He a car accident. falls into a coma. Efforts to bring him out of the coma fail, until

MOK ARDS ARDS M M MM ISION TELEVISION Spielbergordered Michael Bay to fire Megan Fox from the Tiransformers series, aftershe publicly compared Bay to

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Entry by Adogg1991

BACY TO FUTURE THE Crispin Glover NOT Crispin Glover BACY TO FUTURETT THE Crispin Glover was not asked back for either of the Back to the Future seque

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Entry by kerbinsour

Anne Hathaway was originally cast as Right, because vaginas Alison Scott in Knocked Up but backed have NOTHING to do with out because it was going

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Entry by Pupusa

O.J. SIMPSON WAS CONSIDERED TO BE THE TERMINATOR BUT JAMES CAMERON SAID HE WOULD BE MISCAST AND COULDN'T SEE HIM AS A KILLER. S RMONATOR

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Entry by dbzeus

Richard Gere was replaced by Perry King in The Lords of Flatbush because... He spilled food on Sylvester Stallone, and Sly elbowed Gere in the head.

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Entry by msadriansnow

CRACKED COM JOAQUIN PHOENIX AMY ADAMS ROONEY MARA OLIVIA WILDE SCARLETT JOHANSSON her A SPIKE JONZE LOVE STORY Samantha Morton was originally cast as

Tobey MaGuire was initially cast for the writer's role in the movie Life of Pi After shooting all the scenes, director Ang Lee replaced him with Briti

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After shooting the entire film, September Woody Allen decided he wasn't happy with it. He then rewrote the whole script and fired and recast nearly ev

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Entry by Adogg1991

5tuart Townsend Was originally cast as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Le went to New Zealand. and rehearsed and trained for two months le w

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Entry by Jordan Rudow

CRACKED COM In The Partridge Family, the role of Chris Partridge was originally played by Jeremy Gelbwaks. When shooting a scene, just before the dire

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Wheeal L alk. yoi'te t laush >f vrarse Elliott Gould provided the voice of Hot a talking horse in 1988's to Trot, buT after poor test screenings, the

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Entry by davlee1991

80s 90s teen heartthrob, Johnny Depp, of Cry-Baby and 21 Jump Street fame, turned down the title role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which eventually we

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