Even though actor salaries have ballooned into the millions of dollars, Hollywood is still a tough business. You have to compete for roles and often work long hours. Sometimes, even if you manage to get past those parts of the job successfully, your scenes still end up of the cutting room floor.
Over the years, there have been numerous cases of famous actors having their roles completely axed from some fairly big movies — some of the biggest, even — for various reasons. Sometimes it’s a matter of scheduling or simply trying to trim down a film’s running time. Other times, though, it’s a contract dispute or a clash of personalities.
Regardless of the reasons, here are 15 actors or actresses who were supposed to be in these movies. Except in the end, they weren’t.
15. Ashley Judd – Natural Born Killers
The deadly odyssey of Mickey and Mallory Knox in Natural Born Killers end with a bang, as the duo escape prison during a live television interview with egotistical reporter Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.). Before that, though, director Oliver Stone had filmed scenes that depicted part of their trial. Ashley Judd appeared as a witness for the prosecution, telling the story of Mickey and Mallory murdering her friends during a sleepover party. Somehow, Mickey manages to stab her in the heart in the middle of the whole thing, right in the court room. Stone ultimately cut the scene entirely, trying to keep the movie around the two-hour mark.