22 Famous Actors Who Were Cut from Famous Movies

It’s not unusual for no-name to have their scenes cut from major motion pictures; it happens for a variety of reasons: sometimes, the scene is deemed unnecessary, whereas other times, the script calls for a last minute rewrite.Ā So, if you’ve ever wondered if it’s just starving actors that get their scenes cut, it turns out the answer is no.

There have been countless instances of some of the most famous actors of our time winding up on the deleted scenes reel of some of the best (and worst) of recent years. Below, are 20 instances of famous actors whose scenes were deleted from .Ā 

In an effort to cut down 2016’sĀ Batman v SupermanĀ to a (still lengthy) two-and-a-half hours, director Zack Snyder had to cut large parts of his epic superhero film – includingĀ Jena Malone’s entire role. When news of her casting first broke in 2015, it caused quite a stir as fans tried to figure out if she would be playing an iconic hero like Batgirl or Robin. Theatergoers may never know… unless they get the extended, R-rated director’s cut on DVD, which features scrapped scenes and Malone’s role. Although Snyder says she is neither Batgirl or Robin.
Kevin Costner was cast as the dead character, Alex, inĀ The Big Chill, but all of the scenes that he shot are absent from the final version of the feature.
Uma Thurman taped scenes for the gritty Oliver Stone dramaĀ Savages. She was originally set to portray the mother of Blake Lively’s character, but her part was eventually eliminated from the film.
Andy Garcia was cast as Michelle Pfeiffer’s love interest inĀ Dangerous Minds, but the scene was deemed totally unnecessary to the film.
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress was cast in the 1998 Chevy Chase filmĀ Funny Farm, but all of her scenes were cut from the final draft.
The late, great James Gandolfini was scheduled to appear inĀ Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but his scenes were ultimately removed from the picture. The “Sopranos” star was cast to play a love interest to Sandra Bullock’s character, but the scenes never saw the light of day.
Steven Tyler’s progeny shot scenes for the Woody Allen filmĀ Ā Everyone Says I Love You, but her scenes did not appear in the final cut. Tyler played the love interest of Lucas Haas, but her scenes were eliminated from the film.
Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly inĀ Back to the Future, but when Robert Zemeckis determined Stoltz was wrong for the part, the director cut his scenes and reshot the film with Michael J. Fox.
Tobey Maguire had his scenes deleted fromĀ Life of PiĀ since the actor was “too famous.” The film’s director, Ang Lee, felt that Maguire was too well-known for the bit role in which he was cast. Maguire would have played a journalist interviewing Pi as an older man.
Angela Bassett had her scenes cut fromĀ Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but her voice is still audible in the final version. You can hear her in a scene where Mr. Smith is being given instructions on his next mission from his boss (Bassett).
American Beauty‘sĀ Chris Cooper shot an opening and closing sequence forĀ The Ring, but his scenes were left on the cutting-room floor.
Ashley Judd was originally part of the big-name cast associated with Oliver Stone’sĀ Ā Natural Born Killers. Judd played one of the many victims of the film’s psychotic leads, but her nine-minute sequence was deleted from the final version of the film.
Black Mass, a 2015 film about the life of Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, was supposed to star Johnny Depp (as Bulger), with Sienna Miller playing Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig. However, during the editing process, Miller’s role was completely cut from the film, in order for director Scott Cooper to narrow the scope of the story.
Mickey Rourke is one of several recognizable actors that had their scenes eliminated fromĀ The Thin Red Line. Rourke is reportedly still bitter about it after all these years.
Mick Jagger’s scenes were completely eliminated fromĀ Ā FitzcarraldoĀ when theĀ film had to halt production and start over from the beginning.Ā 
The Twilight actor had his scenes cut from the filmĀ Vanity Fair, in which Pattinson played Reese Witherspoon’s son. Years later, he went on to play her love interest inĀ Water for Elephants.
The actor’s scenes were cut from the 2001 filmĀ Storytelling. Van Der Beek shot scenes for an arc where he portrayed a gay football player, but his scenes did not make the feature.
Michelle Monaghan was slated to appear in the George Clooney filmĀ Ā Syriana, but her scenes were ultimately removed. Monaghan also experienced a similar fate in the Richard Gere filmĀ UnfaithfulĀ and the supernatural horror filmĀ Ā Constantine.
TheĀ ScreamĀ star was cast in a primary role in the Wes Craven filmĀ CursedĀ but had all of his scenes cut as a result of a highly chaotic production process.
Ghostface Killah filmed a cameo forĀ Iron ManĀ to pay homage to the rapper’s Tony Stark alter ego. However, the cameo apparently slowed down the film and was ultimately cut.
La Toya Jackson’s scenes were deleted fromĀ BrunoĀ out of respect for Michael Jackson’s untimely death, which occurred in close proximity to the film’s theatrical release.
Michael Biehn was supposed to appear inĀ Terminator 2Ā via a dream sequence that related to his appearance in the first film, but it was cut from the theatrical release. Biehn’s segment in the secondĀ TerminatorĀ film is available as part of the director’s cut.