Sadly, no-name actors have their scenes cut from major motion pictures quite often. It happens for a variety of reasons including the scene being deemed unnecessary, the script calling for last minute rewrites or, sometimes, the character is just completely removed from the entire movie. While having a big name in the industry can give you a lot of perks, it can’t really save you from the dreadful scene cut. Some of the biggest actors and celebs have seen their parts in movies completely axed. Check out these 10 famous actors you didn’t know were cut from your favorite movies.
Jena Malone in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2016 has been the year of epic superhero films. Marvel released Captain America: Civil War, while DC countered with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The latter clocked in around a two-and-a-half hour runtime and that’s with director Zack Snyder cutting large portions out of the film—including Jena Malone’s entire role. Casting of The Hunger Games actress first appeared in 2015 causing quite a stir as many fans linked Malone’s role to iconic heroes such as Batgirl or Robin. However, the credits in the Ultimate Edition cut of the film reveal that Malone plays Jenet Klyburn who is a scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs in Metropolis.
Tobey Maguire in Life of Pi
Aside from the complete lack of privacy, there is another downfall to being “too famous.” Just ask Tobey Maguire. The Spider-Man star, whose cameo in Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning film Life of Pi was cut because he was too big of an actor. After filming his role as the interviewer in discussion with the lead actor—Irrfan Khan—during the movie’s sub story, Lee opted to use a less-known actor. Maguire apparently bared no ill-will toward Lee for the cut as the actor told The Hollywood Reporter, “I fully support Ang’s decision to go a different direction for this role in Life of Pi. Ang shared a lot of the film with me, and what I saw was absolutely beautiful.”
Paul Rudd in Bridesmaid
When Kristen Wiig’s character tries to get back in the dating scene, she spends an evening with Dave—played by Paul Rudd. The date starts at a skating rink and immediately goes awry when he falls on the ice and turns into a rude know-it-all, which plays to his character as a klutz with a short temper. Wiig revealed the scene never made the final cut of the film due to the negative reaction from test audiences. Wiig told Entertainment Weekly it was tough to edit Rudd out saying, "We had so much fun the days he was there and [cutting him] was so incredibly painful.”
Harrison Ford in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Unbeknownst to many, Harrison Ford had a cameo in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi fantasy E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Ford made an appearance as Elliott’s (Henry Thomas) school principal in E.T., though the actor would have barely been noticed. Spielberg intentionally obscured most of the adults’ faces in the movie—which would have only left us with a glimpse of Ford’s frame and the sound of his voice.
Angela Bassett in Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The great and beautiful Angela Bassett was cut from a scene in the 2005 action, comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith. However, her voice is still audible in the final version of the movie. Bassett’s role is that of the spy chief and while you cannot see her face there is a scene where the actress is heard giving Mr. Smith (Brad Pitt) instructions on his next mission.