20 Hollywood Stars Who Were Cut From Movies at the Last Minute (PHOTOS)

Nanci Theoret | Sep 25, 2015 Movies
20 Hollywood Stars Who Were Cut From Movies at the Last Minute (PHOTOS)

Remember the handsome young principal scolding Elliott for freeing the frogs in E.T.? Or the total jerk Kristen Wiig’s character dated in Bridesmaids before she met the one? How about Brad Pitt’s Bond-like lady boss in Mr. and Mrs. Smith? Nope, you don’t — unless you’ve happened upon a DVD or editor’s cut showing deleted scenes and characters.

Long running times, roles that don’t advance a plot, and, in one star’s case, being too famous are all to blame when stars are cut from movies at the last minute. Even amazing performances can end up on the cutting room floor. Sometimes when a producer yells cut, he or she really means it. Find out which 20 celebrities were cut from movies at the last minute.


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  • Angela Bassett


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    We can only image Bassett would play a bad-ass boss to Brad Pitt’s Mr. Smith, but the actress was cut from the 2005 flick Mr. and Mrs. Smith despite shooting scenes as the assassin’s manager. We’re sure Bassett gave Bond’s M a run for her money.

  • Sienna Miller


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    She was cast as Johnny Depp’s girlfriend in 2015's Black Mass, but didn’t make the final cut. The American Sniper actress practiced a New England accent for the movie, which depicted the life of infamous Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger. Director Scott Cooper told The Boston Globe Miller’s performance was “fantastic,” but in narrowing the scope he had to nix her scenes.

  • Robert Pattinson


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    The Twilight star filmed scenes as Reese Witherspoon’s son in 2004’s Vanity Fair, but was cut completely from the final flick. He bounced back though, didn't he? 

  • Kevin Costner


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    Before he danced with wolves or built a "field of dreams," Costner had to settle for a toe tag as the corpse of the friend whose suicide unites college pals in The Big Chill. Costner shot flashback scenes for the 1980 flick but appears only in an opening scene, where he's being dressed for the funeral of his character, Alex.

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  • Paul Rudd


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    Talk about typecasting. Test audiences didn’t take too kindly to the nice-guy actor playing a mean blind date in Bridesmaids. They gave a big thumbs-down to the ire and anger of Rudd’s character who dates Kristen Wiig. The performance, which was described as hysterical, was deleted.

  • Liv Tyler


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    The lovely Liv Tyler can count working with Woody Allen among her acting credits. She can’t, however, claim the experience of appearing in an Allen flick. Tyler filmed a small role as the love interest of an ancillary character in Everyone Says I Love You, but was a victim of the editing process.

  • James Gandolfini


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    Test audiences didn’t warm up to the late actor’s role as Sandra Bullock’s love interest in the Oscar-nominated Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The pair meet at a support group for Sept. 11 survivors. The lukewarm response caused him to be cut from the film. 

  • Uma Thurman


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    Uma Thurman

    Thurman shot several scenes as the many-times-divorced mother of Blake Lively’s character Ophelia Sage in Oliver Stone’s 2012 Savages. Known for his long running times, Stone was reluctant to delete Thurman but ultimately bowed to studio demands for a shorter version.

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  • Tobey Maguire


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    The star of the Spider-Man trilogy was too famous for his brief appearance in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Cast as the interviewer in the film’s wrap-around story, Lee said he underestimated Maguire’s star factor and recast the role with an unknown actor.

  • Rachel Weisz


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    Another victim of fickle director Terrence Malick, the English actress was cut from To the Wonder, a 2012 romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck. Weisz’s three-month shoot as a close friend of Affleck’s character was edited out.

  • Jamie Dornan


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    The Fifty Shades of Grey star’s second big-screen performance -- a small role as a rival chef to Bradley Cooper’s character in Burnt -- was cut. Director John Wells praised Dornan’s performance as “fantastic” but recently decided to remove the scenes to concentrate on other storylines. The movie is slated for an October 2015 release.

  • Harvey Keitel


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    After the initial shock wore off (and the ratings came out) Harvey Keitel may have been a little relieved after a scheduling conflict and a record 400-day continuous shoot for 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut opted him out of the movie as a supporting actor. He was recast by director Stanley Kubrick. 

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  • Michael Sheen


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    The star earned acclaim for his portrayal of David Frost in Frost/Nixon but joined Rachel Weisz on the cutting room floor after finicky director Terrence Malick nixed Sheen’s role in To the Wonder.

  • Chris Cooper


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    A year before winning the Oscar and Golden Globe for best supporting actor in 2003’s Adaptation, Cooper filmed opening and closing scenes as a serial rapist and murderer for The Ring. His appearances were so riveting, preview audiences who screened the horror flick wanted to see more of him. The solution? Delete the character entirely.

  • Eric Stoltz


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    Five weeks into shooting Back to the Future, Eric Stoltz was out in the starring role as Marty McFly and Michael J. Fox was in. Fox was director Robert Zemeckis’ No. 1 choice and replaced Stoltz after agreeing to divide his time between filming BTTF and his hit sitcom Family Ties. 

  • Ashley Judd


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    Cast as a trial witness to Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis’ murderous rampage at a slumber party in the 1994 thriller Natural Born Killers, the notoriously long-winded director Oliver Stone deleted Judd’s scene due to running time constraints. 

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  • Shailene Woodley


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    The third time may be the charm for Woodley, who filmed deleted scenes as Spider-Man’s famous redheaded crush, Mary Jane Watson, for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Rumor is she’s slated to play Mary Jane in the threequel, which will feature a new -- and still unnamed -- actor as Peter Parker.

  • Andy Garcia


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    The Cuban-American actor was cast as Michelle Pfeiffer’s husband after the role was written into the script of the 1995 thriller Dangerous Minds. It was later deleted from the theatrical version as unnecessary to plot development.

  • Mickey Rourke


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    More than a decade before the actor won the 2009 Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for best actor in The Wrestler, he shot several scenes for The Thin Red Line, a 1998 World War II epic. But the director was Terrence Malick, notorious for axing complete performances from the final cut. Rourke, who has said it was among his best work ever, appeasr in extras on the DVD. Incidentally, Billy Bob Thornton, Gary Oldman, Viggo Mortensen, and Martin Sheen were also slashed from the theatrical release.

  • Harrison Ford


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    The year after Ford became Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones, the director cast him as the school principal in 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Although technically Ford appears in the final version, he’s only shown from behind, chewing out E.T.’s human friend, Elliott, for setting deathrow frogs free in a science class. 

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