In the world of entertainment, fame and fortune can come and go. Despite the recognition and adoration of audiences, some actors have found themselves on the chopping block, losing coveted roles in major productions due to their behavior, demands, or disputes.
The Dismissal of Gina Carano
Gina Carano was one of the latest casualties in the entertainment industry. After two seasons of playing Cara Dune in Disney's The Mandalorian, Carano was let go due to her unacceptable behavior.
Disney deemed her social media posts, which were disparaging to people based on cultural and religious identities, "disgusting and unacceptable." In a statement, Disney said, "Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and has no plans to be in the future."
The Firing of Jean-Claude Van Damme
In 1987, Jean-Claude Van Damme was set to transform into the title role in Predator.
However, his plans for the film quickly fell apart after just two days of shooting. Van Damme asked for more dialogue for the alien, complained about the heat of his costume, and got into a fight with a stuntman. Director John McTiernan didn't hesitate and promptly fired Van Damme, replacing him with Kevin Peter Hall.
Robert Downey Jr.' s Career Setback
Before he became the head of the Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. wasn't always the model and sober star he is now. In the early 2000s, he lost two roles, one in the popular series Ally McBeal and the other in America's Sweethearts, due to his addictions.
The American Psycho Battle: Christian Bale vs. Leonardo DiCaprio
Christian Bale was initially convinced that he would land the role of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho (2000), but he found competition in Leonardo DiCaprio.
Despite being fired initially, Bale eventually got the role back when DiCaprio's agents advised the actor not to star in the project.
The Rebellious Richard Gere
In 1974, a 25-year-old Richard Gere was much more rebellious than in his later years.
He was kicked out of production on the set of The Lords of Flatbush after getting into a fight with several co-stars and throwing food at Sylvester Stallone. Gere was replaced by Perry King.
Annette Bening's Pregnancy and Replacement
Annette Bening was initially cast as the legendary Selina Kyle in Batman Returns (1992), but after becoming pregnant a few weeks into production, she was replaced by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Kevin Spacey's Allegations and Loss of Roles
Allegations of abuse against Kevin Spacey led to the actor losing two major roles. First, Netflix abruptly let him go from House of Cards, and secondly, Ridley Scott decided to reshoot all of Spacey's scenes in All the Money in the World, with Christopher Plummer taking over the role and being nominated for an Oscar.
The Megan Fox and Michael Bay Feud
The feud between Megan Fox and Michael Bay on the set of Transformers: Dark of the Moon is well-known. Bay asked Fox to make her character more tanned and to gain weight for the role, but Fox refused, calling Bay a "Hitler" and declaring that "working with someone like that is a nightmare." Fox was quickly fired, and her role in the franchise was given to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.