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Actors Who Were Forced To Take Roles They Never Wanted


Making big-budget blockbuster movies is a
complicated and insanely expensive endeavor. And keeping the Hollywood machine running
sometimes requires lengthy contracts to ensure that the famous faces that attract theater-goers
keep making their magic on the big screen. But this means sometimes the high-profile
actors attached to these projects are actually working against their will, contractually
obligated to take on a role they’d rather not. Actors such as … Jennifer Garner in Elektra After the financial success of 2003’s Daredevil,
attention turned to a spin-off focusing on Jennifer Garner’s character, Elektra. Daredevil writer and director Mark Steven
Johnson discussed bringing Kevin Smith on board to help with the screenplay, and Garner
gushed in interviews about possible paths the storyline could take in the sequel she
was already under contract to complete. Unfortunately, sometimes even the best-laid
plans go south, and 2005’s Elektra didn’t live up to anyone’s expectations. Johnson was replaced as the writer and director,
the film bombed at the box office and was panned by audiences and critics, and Garner
herself even told her ex-boyfriend Michael Vartan that the movie was “awful.” In an interview with US Weekly, Vartan explained,
“She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Mike Myers in The Cat in the Hat Following his first Austin Powers movie, Universal
signed Mike Myers to appear in what was to be a comedy based on his “Dieter” character
from Saturday Night Live. “I’m so full of anticipation that my genitals
have sucked up into my body cavity.” He backed out of the part due to issues with
the screenplay, which launched a series of legal battles between the studio and the star. Eventually, the sides reached an agreement—one
that obligated Myers to play the title character in a live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’
The Cat in the Hat. Myers reportedly made no effort to play nice
while on the set; his co-star Amy Hill revealed that he acted like a “hermit” and a “diva”
throughout the whole production. The end result was so underwhelming that Dr.
Seuss’ widow, Audrey Geisel, stated in 2004 that she’d never allow Hollywood to make another
live-action adaptation of one of his books again. Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four: Rise of the
Silver Surfer When you agree to play a major character in
a superhero movie, you’d better be prepared to play that same role again in the future—even
if the movie is a flop. This was the case for Jessica Alba, who played
Fantastic Four team member Sue Storm in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. Because of her three-movie contract, Alba
was obligated to return for the 2007 sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer—an experience
she hated so much that she actually considered quitting acting for good. Daniel Craig in Skyfall and Spectre He’s been enormously successful in his role
as British spy James Bond, but Daniel Craig has always been brutally honest about why
he hates playing the character—and why he keeps doing it. After the release of Skyfall in 2012, Craig
admitted that he was never keen on becoming Bond in the first place, saying, “I’ve been
trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it.” During the 2015 promotional tour for Spectre,
Craig turned the Bond hatred up a notch, responding to the prospect of more sequels by saying
he’d rather “slash [his] wrists” than appear in another Bond film, and saying if he did,
it would just be “for the money.” In July 2017, the Mirror reported that Craig
will indeed cash in and stay on to play Bond for the fifth time, despite his well-publicized
disdain for the part. Roy Scheider in Jaws 2 He rose to worldwide fame with his role as
Police Chief Martin Brody in 1975’s Jaws, but Roy Scheider wasn’t particularly excited
to reprise his role in the 1978 sequel. So why was he the only member of the original
cast to come back for the second Jaws film? Simple: he was contractually obliged. “I’m telling you and I’m telling everybody
at this table that that’s a shark. I know what a shark looks like, because I’ve
seen one up close. And you better do something about this one,
because I don’t intend to go through that hell again!” Scheider had signed a multiple-movie contract
with Universal Studios, and they’d originally cast him as the lead in 1978’s The Deer Hunter. Unhappy with the script, he dropped out of
the film, and was replaced by Robert De Niro—but because of that contract, Universal was able
to force Scheider to reprise his role as Chief Brody in Jaws 2. Marlon Brando in Désirée You would think Hollywood legend Marlon Brando
always got a say in which movies he made. But even Brando had to deal with contractual
obligations—perhaps most infamously when, as a result of a lawsuit filed by a producer,
he was forced to appear as Napoleon in 1954’s Désirée. But Brando didn’t take it lying down. According to one biography, he made a point
of “forgetting his lines or reciting them with a nasal pseudo-British intonation and
creating havoc between takes,” including “squirting extras with a fire hose.” According to Brando’s costar, the late Jean
Simmons, upon the film’s release, Brando was amazed at the movie’s success, which included
two Oscar nominations, one for art direction and the other for design. Had Brando put some effort into his role,
he probably could have garnered a nomination for himself … “I coulda been a contender! I coulda been somebody.” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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  2. jd wii Author

    Am i the only one who thinks that jessica alba should've been Elektra & jennifer garner should've been sue storm. Not saying that it would've made them any better but i think it would've made more sense.

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  3. Fabio Author

    I think you should've included more reasons why some of the actors didn't want to be in their respective roles in the first place. What's here is solid, but a bit more detail would be appreciated.

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  4. im_so_ bored Author

    on the whole Bond thig, craig's hypocrisy annoys me, there should be a new bond, Aidan Turner should be the new Bond. if you don't know who he is do your eyes a favor and google him, maybe watch an episode of Poldark

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  5. anthony sizemore Author

    Dr Seuss's widow proclaimed after cat in the hat that Hollywood would never make a Seuss book into a movie again then came Horton and the Lorax

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  6. Lazurkri Author

    …how were they FORCED to do it? Couldn't they tell the director to jump off a roof and bail at any time? Most of these people don't need the money either

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  7. Allen Kim Author

    At the time that when fantastic four was being made the originals not rebooted one I would've picked as Susan storm Heather Locklear at the time if I was the actual casting director instead of Jessica alba only because just come by and Chris Evans we're around the around the same age so I would've picked Heather Locklear instead that's my honest opinion

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  8. Ceará Yuè Author

    Add Emily Blunt in "Gulliver's Travels": She was already cast by Marvel as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and set to appear to "Iron Man 2" but Fox decided then that they wanted her in "Gulliver's Travels." She was under contract with Fox for a 3-film deal and couldn't back out or re-work the schedule with them, so she was forced out of IM2 and the role got recast with Scarlett Johansson.

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  9. Andrew Blanchard Author

    Jessica Alba
    lobbied for the role
    of Sue Storm
    because she wanted to move onto action movies
    after they sucked she
    bitched and complained

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  10. Kron Hertz Author

    Daniel Craig is the biggest hypocrite money grubbing actor of all.
    He complains about the making of Skyfall and Spectre. Even goes as far as saying he rather slash his own wrist than to play Bond and yet he renewed his contract for the next Bond movie.

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  11. Boe Dillard Author

    Jessica Alba was good as Susan Storm.   Actually most writers were good but the choice for DOOM was wretched and the story rewrite was awful.  They should have stuck with the original storyline.   Also for some reason they Made Richards a dork- not who he is nor is Doom a used car salesman.

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  12. Paul McCloud Author

    'Had to do it'. Well that's why it's a contract, if you sign it, you agree to it. I'm sure the vast sums of money may have swayed you. But sure, moan about it later, poor widdle actors, what difficult lives.

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  13. VanRocCarMor Author

    You know what Daniel Craig…. if you don't want Bond I know 10000 other prospects clamoring to take your place so Bye Felicia. Take the legal hit, pay your fine and be gone.

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  14. Colin Law-nmower Author

    I love how half of these are Superhero movies. I know, I know, James Bond is NOT a superhero, but he might as well be. I mean, seriously. Think about it.

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  15. One for Rock 'n Roll Author

    Daniel Craig is a whiny bitch, he's made millions out of those films and gets free Aston Martins for life, if he hadn't done Bond no one would know him outside the UK as he's done nothing else worth writing home about.

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  16. superomegaprimemk2 Author

    Now I understand why I lost interst in the Bond films, the lead actor is not suited to the part and its the idiots higher up the food chain that thrust him into the role, come on Hollywood, get actors who actually want to play in the film, this is partically slave labour.

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  17. Kenneth Busler Author

    Bill Murray. Ghostbusters 2. The only reason he made that is because the studio let him make his pet project of the Razors Edge.

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  18. Johnson Johnson Author

    The hell? You guys really think that Brando cared one bit about getting another Oscar? He didn't even show up to accept the he got for the Godfather!

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  19. Rafiki Pines Griffin Author

    The movie "The Cat in the Hat" is an insult to Dr. Seuss and everyone who grew up reading his amazing books. That movie was awful and surprisingly inappropriate, considering it was a movie based off of a popular children's book.

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  20. Rhys Cooper Author

    Should have made it a Top 10 list. You didn't mention Edward Norton in The Italian Job or Alec Guinness in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

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  21. DrCaptainSquirrel Author

    I never understood actors. Even if you're forced to play a role, you're still most likely getting hundreds of thousands if not millions for doing it. Suck it up and get paid.

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  22. Sean Slaughter Author

    Forced so they had a gun to there heads and a knife to their throats but they didn't have no problem taking and cashing those pay checks

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  23. Beth Di Bartolomeo Author

    I loved both the 2000s Fantastic Four movies, but admitedly Alba was the weak point. She never felt 100% there compared to all her costars, including "Doom".

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