Lately, everyone has been talking about Kevin Spacey being replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s All The Money in the World. With only weeks left before the film’s release, Scott went back and reshot all of Spacey’s scenes with the new actor. That alone is enough to make this a trend-worthy topic. Now Plummer is receiving countless award nominations and nearly unanimous praise from critics, claiming it’s his best work in years.
While this is easily the most extreme example of an actor being replaced in a film, it’s far from the first. Now, of course, it’s impossible to predict what the film would’ve have been had the original choice worked out. What is certain is just how perfect the following actors and actresses turned out to be for the role they wound up playing.
1. Beverly Hills Cop
Sylvester Stallone replaced by Eddie Murphy
The original script for Beverly Hills Cop was meant to be a more serious picture. The first actor to be attached was actually Mickey Rourke. But he dropped out when scheduling fell behind. The producers next choice was Eddie Murphy. Because the script had gone through rewrites and become a more comedic picture, it seemed more appropriate to cast a comedian.
The studio, however, wanted a more bankable star. So, they offered the film to Sylvester Stallone. Being a seasoned screenwriter himself, Stallone decided to rewrite the script to his own liking. Changing his character into a leather-clad, monosyllabic biker. This, of course, was not the film that producers Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer wanted to make.
Luckily, Stallone bowed out amicably, and they were able to hire Murphy, and, therefore, film the script that they originally had in mind. With Murphy in the lead, the comedy was heightened even more and the film went → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema