17 Huge Stars Who Were Cut From Movies

Even though they’re majorly famous and successful, Hollywood stars sometimes suffer career pitfalls and rejections. Could you imagine Uma Thurman playing Blake Lively‘s mom in Savages? These are 17 huge stars who were cut from major movies.
Paul Rudd - Bridesmaids
Paul Rudd, Bridesmaids
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Our favorite funny guy was supposed to play a very angry man who goes on a blind date with Kristen Wiig's character, Annie Walker. Kristen explained the decision to remove Paul, saying: "We did screenings, and when he popped up on screen, people just went crazy. You rarely get to see that side of Paul Rudd because he’s such a nice person, you know, and in this scene he’s such an a--hole. We had so much fun the days he was there and it was so incredibly painful. Our first cut was so long. It’s the hardest thing to have to cut stuff." Bummer!

Jamie Dornan - Burnt
Jamie Dornan, Burnt
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Jamie Dornan was supposed to appear as a rival to Bradley Cooper's character in the new movie Burnt, but his appearance was abruptly cut. "Jamie's role was a small cameo that was part of a back story and following the editing process is no longer part of the film," a spokesperson for the movie said.
Sienna Miller - Black Mass
Sienna Miller, Black Mass
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The British actress was supposed to appear in Black Mass as Catherine Greig, a girlfriend of Johnny Depp’s male lead, Whitey Bulger. Director Scott Cooper said, in an interview, that Sienna didn't make the final cut due to "narrative choices."

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Harrison Ford - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Harrison Ford, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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In the same year that he starred in the classic Blade Runner, Harrison was also supposed to make a cameo as the principal at the school Elliott (Henry Thomas) attends, but his scenes were deleted from the final version of the smash hit.

Robert Pattinson - Vanity Fair
Robert Pattinson, Vanity Fair
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The heartthrob filmed scenes as Reese Witherspoon’s son in 2004’s Vanity Fair, but was cut completely from the final version of the movie. No worries, as his star rose quickly thanks to that small movie franchise about vampires... maybe you've heard of it?

Shailene Woodley - The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Shailene Woodley, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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Shailene notably made headlines when she was cast as Mary Jane Watson in the sequel to the hit Spider-Man installment, and then was cut. She even filmed several scenes before her part was removed. The character is supposed to be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 but it's not confirmed if Shailene will be cast.
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Uma Thurman - Savages
Uma Thurman, Savages
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Uma never made it into Oliver Stone's adaptation of Don Winslow's Savages. She was supposed to play the mother to Ophelia Sage (Blake Lively), but was axed in the editing process. In an interview, Oliver Stone explained: "We ended up cutting characters from the book, like the mother. She was a good character -- Uma Thurman played her beautifully -- and the scenes were good, but you don’t have time, you know? We have one goal in the movie, and you go out that gate and it's like a horse race."

James Gandolfini - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
James Gandolfini, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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The beloved late Sopranos star was booked to play a man that Linda Schell (Sandra Bullock) meets in a support group for those who lost loved ones in 9/11, but his character was cut due to poor reception from test audiences. Sad!
Tobey Maguire - Life of Pi
Tobey Maguire, Life of Pi
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Tobey filmed scenes for the Ang Lee's 2012 movie but was dropped from his small role because... he was too famous. (WHAT?!) Lee later said: "I misjudged the situation. I underestimated the power of stars. I love Tobey. But it's a small part. So when it's a movie star sitting there, it captures attention. It didn't really work out." He was replaced with a lesser-known actor.
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Kevin Costner - The Big Chill
Kevin Costner, The Big Chill
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Kevin Costner was supposed to get his big break in this 1983 movie alongside stars including Jeff Goldblum and Glenn Close but his scenes never made it past the cutting room floor. He can however be seen in the opening scenes of the movie as a corpse. So.. there's that?
Ashley Judd - Natural Born Killers
Ashley Judd, Natural Born Killers
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Ashley was slated to play the character of Grace Mulberry in the 1994 Oliver Stone-directed crime thriller, but her scene was axed because Oliver didn't feel it went with "the flow of the movie." Harsh!
Angela Bassett - Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Angela Bassett, Mr. and Mrs. Smith
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Angela Bassett signed on to play the boss to Brad Pitt's character, John Smith. She had scenes in which she manages the assassin, who is facing off against his wife Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie). Unfortunately, Angela was nowhere to be seen when Mr. and Mrs. Smith arrived in theaters in 2005.

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Liv Tyler - Everyone Says I Love You
Liv Tyler, Everyone Says I Love You
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Chris Cooper - The Ring
Chris Cooper, The Ring
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In the first cut of horror flick The Ring, the Oscar-winner appears in the opening scene as a child murderer being interviewed by Naomi Watts’ character. He then didn't appear in the film until the very end. Audiences at test screenings found Chris's re-appearance at the end distracting—they wanted to see more of him—so his entire role was nixed. Bizarre!

Rachel Weisz - To The Wonder
Rachel Weisz, To The Wonder
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Rachel was supposed to appear in the 2012 Terrence Malick movie, but was nowhere to be found in the released version. Rachel said at the time: "I had the experience of working with {Malick}, but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work."
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Sarah Jessica Parker - Lovelace
Sarah Jessica Parker, Lovelace
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SJP was supposed to play social and political activist Gloria Steinem in Lovelace, but her work didn't make it into the film. The directors originally planned to end their biopic of adult actress Linda Lovelace in 1984, but instead ended the storyline in 1980, before Linda teamed up with Gloria to take a stand against the porn industry, thus SJP's removal from the movie.
Sarah Michelle Gellar - Funny Farm
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Funny Farm
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At the ripe old age of 11, poor Sarah Michelle was supposed to appear in the 1988 film Funny Farm. No sweat for SMG, though, because she went on to mega fame as our favorite kick-butt cool girl Buffy the Vampire Slayer.