These actors were either up-and-coming or bonafide celebrities. Then, all of a sudden, they were fired! It just goes to show that being a big star doesn’t mean you get to call the shots 100% of the time.
We’ve collected examples of some of the most notorious firings in movie history. Join us as we uncover the embarrassing secrets of movie stars who were pushed out their jobs, and the wacky reasons why.
20. Eric Stoltz (Back To The Future)
Eric Stoltz, who went on to be nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in the 1985 movie Mask, was originally cast as Marty McFly in the 1985 classic Back to the Future. Unfortunately, Stoltz was sacked after filmmakers decided that he didn’t have the comedy chops required to pull off the role. Apparently, Stoltz was a keen method actor, even going so far as to ask his co-stars to refer to him as ‘Marty’ off the set.
Despite the fact that Stoltz’s were almost entirely reshot with Michael J Fox in the role, it is believed that Stoltz may well still appear in at least two shots of the first Back to the Future movie. For example, there is a shot where Marty dives into the DeLorean near the beginning of the movie that many think is Stoltz rather than Fox.