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12+ Unexpected Actor Replacements in Movies and TV Shows

Has it ever happen to you to start watching a TV show or a movie, start liking a character and out of the blue the actor that plays the role gets recast? Because it has happened to me and it is truly heartbreaking. Many times when they change the actor playing a certain role, whether it’s the main character or not, it’s risky and you are not guaranteed that the audience will like the replacement. However, here are 15 actors that were switched in which some were favored and some not so much.

 

1. Fox Mulder and John Doggett, The X-Files

When David Duchovny decided to leave the show, things were not good. Replacing him cost a lot and when the new actor came he didn’t even want Agent Mulder’s role. Robert Patrick played the new FBI agent, John Doggett.

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Source: © Fox Broadcasting Company / The X-Files

 

2. Victor Creed, X-Men

Fans loved the recast of this character. Liev Schreiber replaced Tyler Mane in the X-Men franchise. The role was played beautifully by Schreiber.

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Source: © 20th Century Fox / X-Men © 20th Century Fox / X-Men Origins: Wolverine

 

3. Evelyn O’Connell, The Mummy

Rachel Weisz was one of the reasons the first two movies of The Mummy were successful, however, when the actress decided to leave the movies because the scenario wasn’t good enough. She was replaced by Maria Bello whom the critics nor fans did not like.

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Source: © Universal Pictures / The Mummy Returns © Universal Pictures / The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

 

4. Rachel Dawes and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Batman

Katie Holmes who played Bruce Wayne’s love refused to continue playing that role after her Golden Raspberry nomination for playing that character. But the actress was replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal who wonderfully portrayed the character.

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Source: © Warner Bros. / Batman Begins © Warner Bros. / The Dark Knight

 

5. Reggie, Riverdale

Due to all of his other projects, Reggie played by Ross Butler was replaced by Charles Melton. The producers wanted to find an actor as lovely and funny as him and they did it! Charles does a wonderful job at playing Archie’s opponent.

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Source: © Warner Bros. Television / Riverdale

 

6. James Rhodes, Iron Man

Tony Stark’s best friend was played by Terrence Howard in the first Iron Man movie. But replaced by Don Cheadle in the second part. Terrence left because he wanted more money since his character had a lot of screen time.

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Source: © Marvel Studios / Iron Man © Marvel Studios / Iron Man II

 

7. Doctor, Doctor Who

Doctor Who has been played by men only for the past 50 years and when they announced the role was going to be played by a woman there were a lot of opinions going around. Jodie Whittaker is going to be playing Doctor Who, even though typically the actor in the tv series is changed in almost every season, it has never happened to be replaced by a woman. The new season will Jodie has started this October and we are all rooting for her!

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Source: © BBC One / Doctor Who

 

8. The Oracle, Matrix

Gloria Foster played the oracle in the first and second movies of the Matrix but she passed away before the shootings for the third movie started. So, she was replaced by Mary Alice who the fans did not approve because she did not resemble the late Gloria and did not have good acting skills.

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Source: © Warner Bros. / The Matrix © Warner Bros. / The Matrix Revolutions

 

9. Catwoman, Batman Returns, Catwoman

After it took a really long time for the shootings of the spin-off to start Michelle Pfeiffer did not want to be a part of the movies anymore. The role was played by Halle Berry which did not portray Catwoman the way Pfeiffer did. Berry got a Golden Raspberry award for her bad acting.

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Source: © Warner Bros. / Batman Returns © Warner Bros. / Catwoman

 

10. Brian O’Connor, Furious 7

Paul Walker’s tragic death shocked the entire world. After it happened many wondered what would occur with his role in Fast&Furious 7. Universal Studios decided to use advanced special effects and have Paul’s brothers replace him in the movie. They also used previous shot scenes and made them fit into the movie.

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Source: © Universal Pictures / Furious 7

 

11. Mason Verger, Hannibal

Sociopath Mason Verger was played by Michael Pitt who decided to leave the show. Afterward, the character was played by Joe Anderson known for his role as Alistair in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2. The fans did not see much of a difference since in the third season his face get mutilated and his voice was changed to match Michael’s.

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Source: © NBC / Hannibal

 

12. Jennifer Parker, Back to the Future

Jennifer Parker’s character was played by two actresses in the first and second movies. Claudia Wells couldn’t continue shooting for the movie due to her mother’s illness and was replaced by Elisabeth Shue who looks awfully like Claudia.

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Source: © Universal Pictures / Back to the Future © Universal Pictures / Back To The Future, Part II

 

13. Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, Game of Thrones

The Mountain ended up being very difficult to obtain. Conan Stevens played the character in the second season but he wanted more money so in season three he was replaced by Ian Whyte who ended up playing the giants Wun Wun and Dongo the Doomed. Meanwhile, the Mountain was portayed by Hafþór Björnsson.

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Source: © HBO / Game of Thrones

 

14. Ruby, Supernatural

Who else can proudly say that they are still watching Supernatural after all these years? I know, I can. The character of Ruby was played by Kate Cassidy. The demon was killed off at the end of season four but she comes back in season five with a new face. Genevieve Cortese takes Kate’s place because she couldn’t continue filming. Fans were not happy with the producer’s new choice.

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Source: © Warner Bros. Television / Supernatural

 

15. Victoria, The Twilight Saga

Rachelle Lefevre was doing an independent movie with Dustin Hoffman which turned out to be the reason why she got kicked out of the Twilight Saga. According to sources she had to leave and be replaced in the third movie of the Saga because of the other commitments to the other movie. Rachelle said that it did not interfere with filming Twilight but she was still not part of the third movie. Her role was occupied by Bryce Dallas Howard.

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Source: © Summit Entertainment / The Twilight Saga

Which were the replacements that shocked you the most? Did you like them or not? Don’t forget to tell us in the comment section.

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