Casting is one of the most important and mysterious parts of filmmaking. Not only are actors selected based on their chemistry, skill, and buzz, there is also a whole mess of behind-the-scenes coordination. Actors have missed out on major career-defining roles for all sorts of reasons. Iconic roles like Indiana Jones, Wolverine, and Marty McFly all had different original actors. Careers, film history, and even a major celebrity marriage have all been forever altered by casting changes. Some actors have missed out on A-list careers. Here are a few of the most shocking movie casting changes.
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Lindsay Lohan's father has been slapped with a $1 million (£625,000) lawsuit over a failed Girls Gone Wild project. Richard Reitano claims 53-year-old Michael Lohan approached him with an idea to dub over Girls Gone Wild videos in Spanish in 2009, and asked him to invest $100,000 (£62,500) in the venture, according to TMZ.com.
Lohan reportedly told Reitano that Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis had given him the rights to the clips and he just needed $25,000 (£15,625) to start the process.
However, according to the lawsuit, Lohan never had rights to the videos and the project never came to fruition.
Reitano is now seeking the $25,000 back plus $1 million.
Lindsay Lohan is scolded by Oprah Winfrey in the first episode of her new reality show after the TV titan discovers the tardy actress has been delaying production. The Mean Girls star signed up to make an eight-part documentary series for Winfrey's OWN network following their candid interview after Lohan left rehab last summer (13).
The show is scheduled to air in America this month (Mar14), but a newly-released trailer highlights how close Winfrey came to shutting down the project after hearing about Lohan's failure to stick to filming rules.
The chat show legend visits the 27 year old at her New York City apartment to lay down the law, telling her, "My truth is that I really do want you to win, I really do. If that isn't what you want, I'm OK with that. I will tell (the crew) to pack up and leave today. You need to cut the bulls**t. You really do."
The footage also features Lohan crying and demanding the crew delete an entire day's worth of filming, and she is shown in a face-off with her father Michael Lohan.
The series, entitled Lindsay, will begin airing on Sunday (09Mar14).
Lindsay Lohan's future stepmother Kate Major has apologised for falsely accusing the actress' dad Michael of threatening her with a knife following a dispute at the couple's Florida home on Monday (17Feb14). Police were called to their Boca Raton property late on Monday to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance and Major raised fears for her safety and that of their young son Landon after posting a series of headline-grabbing accusations on Twitter.com as the fight escalated.
In the worrying tweets, Major claimed Michael Lohan had a knife and was trying to take their one-year-old baby away from her - but he challenged the claims with his own version of events on his Twitter page, insisting he was the one who had called the emergency services, adding, "All I want is for her (Major) to get help so she can be there for our wonderful son. Maybe this will do it."
Now Major has publicly retracted her allegations, blaming fear for prompting her to lie about the seriousness of the situation.
In a statement issued to UsMagazine.com, she writes, "I regretfully tweeted while my emotions were high that I was being threatened by Michael with a knife; this was not the case.
"I made a lot of statements on Twitter that were merely out of fear that he was going to take my son from me. Please respect our privacy through this difficult time."
Major has since deleted the false accusations from her Twitter page, and she has since returned to the blog to declare: "I love Landon & nothing will ever change that or take that from me!!!! I should not have tweeted anything. This has all turned into a whirlwind. I'm sorry."
The embattled couple became engaged in 2010. Lohan divorced Lindsay's mother Dina in 2007.
Lindsay Lohan's father Michael Lohan reportedly had a brush with police on Monday night (17Feb14) following an alleged bust-up with his fiancee Kate Major. Cops were called to the couple's home in Boca Raton, Florida to investigate reports of an alleged domestic disturbance, according to TMZ.com.
Both Lohan and Major, who are parents to a young son named Landon, have ranted about the incident in a series of posts on Twitter.com, with the actress' father claiming he was the one who called the emergency services.
He writes, "All I want is for her to get help so she can be there for our wonderful son. Maybe this will do it."
The couple became engaged in 2010. Lohan divorced Lindsay's mother Dina in 2007.
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A quarter of the way into Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit's far-too-long runtime, the titular hero takes note of a war-time portait in his adversary Viktor Cherevin's office. "Napoleon," Ryan says, proudly identifying the subject of the painting. "Ah," the nefarious Cherevin smiles. "I see you know your history." You'd think we'd get a bit more academic sophistication in a film directed by Kenneth Branagh... hell, in a line delivered by Kenneth Branagh. But this is par for the course in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit's script. And even more problematic, it's the thing that sticks with me most only a few days after seeing the movie. Well, that and the fact that Chris Pine and Keira Knightley make for the most compatibly attractive onscreen couple I have ever seen. Aside from these standout elements, the film dissolves into a 105-minute (jeez, it feels twice that) blur of running, driving, choking, shooting, and the like.
But it's not a painful jaunt all the while, and this is thanks almost entirely to Pine. An actor who we remember popping up in early Lindsay Lohan movies and thinking little of, Pine has earned his place at the center of franchises like Star Trek and, this weekend's box office intake permitting, Jack Ryan. He maintains character and personality in the movie's heightened scenes of "the first kill" and pulling the long con on Cherevin. With a better, smarter script, Pine could thrive in an action hero role like Ryan, but here he's only left to occasionally cut through a staunch layer of boredom.
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The other winning factor of Jack Ryan is in its female lead: Knightley and her character Dr. Cathy Mullins. Another pervasive charmer, Knightley manages to inject a wealth of vitality into the movie at the points most desperate for some flavor — so much so that we're not simply thrilled, but relieved when she shows up unexpectedly to tag along with boyfriend Jack on his mission to... to... well, it's something to do with stopping terrorism. Trust me, you'll forget the specifics as soon as you leave the theater, if not sooner. But the most impressive part is that Shadow Recruit actually gives Knightley something to do as Mullins. She doesn't just wait around and lament the life choices of her danger-prone boyfriend, she gets in on the action. And we're glad for it. Without her, it'd just be Pine. And as much as we like him, he needs somebody else with a personality to play off (sorry, Kevin Costner, but you're not exactly playing your A Game here).
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In short, there's almost nothing to say about Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which in itself says a lot — it's dull, it's slow, and it's got two stars who deserve a lot better than the material they're dealt. Aw hell, maybe the sequel (yeah, we've come out of denial... it's gonna happen) will up the ante on the script, and not mistake knowing who Napoleon is for being a history expert.
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A representative for Liam Neeson has denied the actor's teenage son is dating troubled star Lindsay Lohan. The Mean Girls actress, 27, was linked to 18-year-old Michael Neeson after the pair was spotted together during a night out at New York City hotspot Finale on Friday night (29Nov13).
However, a publicist for the Irish star tells New York Post gossip column Page Six the romance reports are "not true", adding, "Lindsay is friends with Michael but they are not dating."
Michael is Neeson's son with his late wife, actress Natasha Richardson.
We're hesitant to believe that Chris Brown, the man who has gone on record with such a brazen dearth of remorse for having savagely beaten his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, has truly reformed, or shows any signs of doing so. This past weekend, Brown was arrested for assaulting two men who attempted to take a photo with the music artist, tossing homophobic slurs at the pair all the while. After being released from jail on Tuesday following a reduced charge from felony-grade to misdemeanor-grade assault, Brown has opted to announce his entry into anger management rehab, as reported by People.
The reports include a statement from Brown's rep, which says, "Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility. His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point." Some might identify this as a direct contrast to Brown's past claims that he has moved on from his days of violence, or his attorney's affirmation that the singer committed "no crime" in this most recent incident.
But if Brown is truly looking to change, accepting after some unforeseen epiphany that he does have psychological maladies that require rehabilitation, then we must encourage that. As reluctant as we may be to forgive him, we should at least be eager to see this sort of behavior barred from happening again. But we're inclined, at least in part, to think the worst of this movie: maybe he's just trying to avoid jail time, a la Lindsay Lohan. Maybe he's trying to bolster his image. Maybe he's trying to build up an arsenal against future attacks on his proclivity for violence.
Hey, as long as it keeps him away from the rest of the world for a while.
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A representative for Lindsay Lohan has slammed reports the actress has relapsed, after photos of her reaching for a bottle of red wine surfaced on Wednesday (23Oct13). The troubled star completed a 90-day court-ordered stint at a rehab centre in Malibu, California in August (13), and has since made it clear she is determined to stay clean and sober, but the new pictures feature Lohan appearing to be grabbing for a bottle of wine, sparking rumours that she has turned her back on sobriety.
But Lohan's rep tells news show that the actress "continues to succeed in her recovery," adding, "The photo does not show Lindsay consuming any alcohol and could easily be misleading as her purse is also in the photo (next to the bottle) despite what the photos show."
Her father, Michael Lohan also dismissed the reports, telling Radar Online, "The story is ridiculous. First of all, I've never known Lindsay to ever, ever, ever have a glass of wine.
"I've seen and I speak to Lindsay constantly and every time I do, she is of clear mind and by no means do I have any suspicion of her relapsing in any way."
Brooklyn Nine-Nine recently received a full season order, and it's hard not to see why, since the show has definitely been on a roll lately. The sixth episode, "Halloween" may not have been as funny as its previous two, but it was a solid half-hour of television nonetheless. It also brought back the Peralta/Holt dynamic that got the show off to such a great start, but it managed not to lose the supporting characters in the shuffle.
It's Halloween at the Nine-Nine, the busiest and spookiest night of the year, and when the cops are making fun of the idiots who have gotten themselves locked up, Peralta states that he is such a great detective that he would be a master criminal. Of course, when Holt comes along to refute that statement, Peralta issues himself a challenge: if he can steal Holt's medal of valor from his office before midnight, Holt has to do all of his paperwork and publicly state that "Jake Peralta is an amazing detective-slash-genius", but if he fails, he will work the next five weekends without overtime, and he won't tell everyone about the time that he saw Holt on short-shorts outside of work. This sets off a chain of events that involves several costumes, a painful fall through a ceiling, and several kidnapped pigeons.
Even though we really enjoyed seeing Peralta work with the other officers last week, it was nice to see Andy Samberg get a chance to play off of Andre Braugher again. They have a wonderful chemistry, and Holt's stern nature worked well to balance out some of Peralta's wackier antics. In fact, even when he was stuffing pigeons into the air vents above Holt's office, Samberg was relatively restrained. It seems like the writers have finally found the perfect blend of zany and capable. The last two episodes have featured Peralta actually showcasing his smarts and talent as a detective, which was much needed in order to keep the character from flying off the rails. Having Peralta win the bet through an elaborate plan that involved all of the other officers was a perfect touch, and it allowed him to be the criminal mastermind he always wanted to be and still demonstrating how well everyone works as a team.
During the bet, Santiago and Boyle were on costume duty, attempting to catch some drug dealers at a local party. Santiago, of course, hates Halloween, while Boyle loves it — his Mario Batali costume was just weird enough to be perfect for him — and so he's determined to help her see past the drunken idiots that take over the holiday in order to see the good in it. Boyle's speech about Halloween bonding friends together gave the episode a nice, sentimental touch, and the two had a great dynamic. It's been great to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine play around with team pairings in the last few episodes, and no matter how weird they seem at first, the cast seems to have so much fun with each other that it translates to the screen. It was also a great chance to show off some of Melissa Fumero's comedic chops. Her crawling around on the floor of the club was one of the funniest moments of the episode, and her disgusted outrage on when she wonders how the drink spilled on her can be "hot and cold at the same time" was perfect.
The other great thing about "Halloween" was that it finally revealed some more information about Diaz, who previously seemed like the most one-dimensional of the characters. Like Holt and Peralta, Stephanie Beatriz's deadpan delivery is a great compliment to Terry Crews' shouting, and even though the show didn't reveal too much information about Diaz, it was enough to make her feel like a proper member of the team.
Episode Highlights: - Samberg's perfect delivery on "What would Bill say?" after Peralta is forced to keep Hillary Clinton and Kim Jong Un from making out. - "Kind, Sober, and Fully Dressed. We've found the name of Santiago's sex tape." - Peralta: "What does your skin taste like?" Gina: "Dina Lohan. I'm wearing her face lotion." - "Well, on the one hand I fell through the ceiling and onto a pencil, but on the other hand, I bruised my brain."- The best visual gag of the night was Peralta attempting to chase pigeons into a pillowcase with a baguette. - Gina and Peralta share a friend named Natasha, who recently had a baby and has a dog with lupus. - Peralta interrupting his explanation to Holt of how he and the team carried out the heist with, "And that's when I saw a sexy robot, and we got our flirt on."