A common trend in Hollywood is characters going through different actors, whether due to casting issues, unexpected exits, or even sad passings. While the recastings can sometimes be for the best (imagine if Tom Selleck had become Indiana Jones instead of Harrison Ford), other times, it doesn't sit so well with fellow cast and crew members.
Whether the crew experienced difficulties getting along with the new casting choice(s) or they helped contribute to major changes in said films (which doesn't always work out well in the end), this has happened multiple times throughout film history and will likely continue into the near future. With that being said, here are some of the most notable instances where film recastings caused some sort of issue on set.
15 Mike Myers - Shrek
Mike Myers has become inseparable from the voice of everyone's favorite ogre, but many are unaware that it was fellow SNL alum Chris Farley who first received the role. Unfortunately, his 1997 passing happened before he finished recording his dialogue.
After Myers was cast, he insisted the entire script be rewritten for his version of Shrek. Then, after finishing his dialogue, he decided to record it again with a Scottish accent.
14 Edward Norton - The Incredible Hulk
With the MCU beginning in 2008, Marvel sought to redo the Hulk following the 2003 film starring Eric Bana, which many found boring and bizarre. However, they couldn't have predicted the problems they'd encounter after casting Edward Norton as Bruce Banner.
Besides trying to lead the film's production, Norton also reportedly clashed with the crew behind-the-scenes. The character was later recast with Mark Ruffalo, who has since starred in all four Avengers films and Thor: Ragnarok.
13 Jamie Dornan - Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
E.L. James' Fifty Shades trilogy was already dividing critics and audiences, but after a film series was announced, fans figured they were getting something truly controversial. However, the only controversy surrounding the films was the lack of chemistry between leads Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
Initially, Charlie Hunnam had been cast as Christian Grey, but, once he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Sons of Anarchy, Dornan stepped in to give his "lackluster" performance.
12 Christian Bale - Terminator Salvation
For its fourth entry, the Terminator franchise recast future resistance hero John Connor for the second time with high-profile actor Christian Bale. However, this didn't lead to a higher level of professionalism.
When director of filmography Shane Hurlbut walked on set while the actor was filming, Bale launched into a tirade of screaming and swearing. Once audio of the incident leaked, he was left with an embarrassing mark on his Hollywood image.
11 Martin Sheen - Apocalypse Now
The troubled production of Francis Ford Coppola's war masterpiece Apocalypse Now is no secret (there's actually an entire documentary on it), and one part of it was Martin Sheen's behavior.
First, he filmed the opening scene while intoxicated (that mirror he punched was real). Then, he suffered a heart attack, but lied that it was heat exhaustion so the film wouldn't go further over-budget. We wonder if Harvey Keitel would've experienced this many problems?
10 Sally Field - The Amazing Spider-Man Series
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy arguably featured the greatest onscreen Aunt May yet via Rosemary Harris. While Sally Field is a talented actress, she wasn't given much to do as May in the following films and failed to give off the same presence.
However, fans aren't the only ones who had issues with May's character, as Field herself told Howard Stern that she had trouble finding a three-dimensional character in the films.
9 Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Speaking of Sally Field, she has also discussed the extreme lengths multi-Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis took to portray U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 2012's Lincoln, including sending confusing text messages "within the vernacular of the time."
Back in 2005, during director Steven Spielberg's early planning for the film, Liam Neeson was cast as the 16th President. However, the film's stalled production led to Neeson dropping out, and Day-Lewis swooped in to win his third Oscar.
8 Jeffrey Weissman - Back to the Future Part II and III
Crispin Glover's most memorable performance is undoubtedly George McFly in Back to the Future. However, to the shock of many fans, it was later revealed that Glover didn't return for the sequels.
Instead, actor Jeffrey Weissman was covered in prosthetics and filmed upside-down (for Part II), in the background, and combined with footage of Glover to fool audiences. However, it didn't fool Glover, whose lawsuit helped create new clauses for the Screen Actors Guild.
7 George Clooney - Gravity
Some celebrities make ridiculous demands while filming a project, but the ones made by George Clooney on the set of Gravity may be some of the most outlandish ever.
While a hot tub might not sound bad, adding a basketball court, custom-built beach hut near his trailer, and access to a landscaped garden seems a bit extreme given his small role in the film. All this reportedly added an additional $125,000 to the film's budget.
6 Raymond Ochoa - The Good Dinosaur
Changes to a film during development are not uncommon, but a new cast and story is a lot to overcome.
Initially featuring the voices of John Lithgow, Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, and Bill Hader, 2015's The Good Dinosaur was majorly altered, and it all began with Lucas Neff (the original voice of Arlo) being replaced by Raymond Ochoa. Apparently, once the younger actor was cast, the movie had to be adjusted to fit him.
5 George Lazenby - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
So far, six actors have portrayed James Bond over the course of 50+ years. George Lazenby seems to be the least-remembered, but for good reason: he only starred in one film.
After longtime Bond star Sean Connery declined to return, Lazenby was cast as the new 007. However, he would end up giving the role back to Connery following his 1969 debut. Honestly, we don't blame him, as he was reportedly worked until exhaustion during production.
4 Bryce Dallas Howard - Eclipse
Even the recasting of a supporting character is enough to get loyal fan bases riled up, as evidenced by that of red-headed vampire Victoria in the Twilight series.
Following Rachelle Lefevre's performance in the first two films, literally everyone (including Lefevre herself) was shocked to hear that Bryce Dallas Howard would be taking her place for Eclipse. It's clear how much Lefevere meant to everyone, as director David Slade called her recasting "really, really unfortunate and devastating for everybody involved."
3 Val Kilmer - The Island of Dr. Moreau
Surprisingly, here we have another film with its own documentary on its troubled production, and one of its main issues was undoubtedly Val Kilmer's unbearable attitude.
After Bruce Willis departed, Kilmer stepped in and immediately proved difficult by demanding a work day reduction. So, he was downgraded to a supporting role. But the problems didn't stop there, as Kilmer's hostile behavior contributed to an overlong filming schedule and many bad memories for everyone involved.
2 Maria Bello - The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
The failure of 2017's The Mummy reminded fans of the good (in a cheesy kind of way) old days with Brendan Fraser's Mummy trilogy...except for leading lady Rachel Weisz's departure.
Having already portrayed Rick O'Connell's love interest and future wife, Evelyn, for two films, Weisz was ready for a third outing before giving birth to her son and dropping out. After Maria Bello was cast, Fraser admitted to feeling "Rachel's absence" when reading the screenplay.
1 Sofia Coppola - The Godfather Part III
Directing a sequel to two of the greatest films ever made is definitely a risk, but, if anyone could do it, it was Francis Ford Coppola. Too bad he got his daughter involved.
Sofia Coppola replaced Winona Ryder (who unexpectedly dropped out) for Michael Corleone's daughter, Mary, in The Godfather Part III. However, her acting has become one of the film's most common criticisms. At least she went on to become an acclaimed director.