Funniest Actors Who Turned Down or Quit Movies Mid-Shoot

Making a movie is a huge undertaking that requires a lot of time, money, and effort from everyone involved. 

So, when an actor or actress suddenly decides to leave a project in the middle of shooting, it can be a significant headache for the filmmakers and a massive disappointment for fans.

10 Fan Voted Funniest Examples of Actors Who Stupidly Turned Down or Left Movies Mid-shoot

Sean Connery was initially offered the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but he turned it down. The actor reportedly didn't understand the script and found it confusing.

Sean Connery – The Lord of The Rings (2001)

Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) was cast as the titular alien in Predator, but he quit the role after a few days of filming due to dissatisfaction with the costume and makeup.

Jean-Claude Van Damme – Predator (1987)

Will Smith was initially offered the role of Neo in The Matrix but turned it down to star in Wild Wild West. Keanu Reeves eventually got the role, and the movie became a cultural phenomenon.

Will Smith – The Matrix (1999)

James Caan was initially cast as McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but he left the project due to creative differences with the director.

James Caan – One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Emily Blunt was initially cast as Black Widow in Iron Man 2, but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Gulliver's Travels. The role eventually went to Scarlett Johansson, who went on to play the character in several other Marvel movies.

Emily Blunt – Iron Man 2 (2010)

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