It’s not unusual for no-name actors 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. So, if you’ve ever wondered if it’s just starving actors that get their scenes cut, it turns out the answer is no.
Jena Malone – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
In an effort to cut down 2016’s Batman v Superman to a (still lengthy) two-and-a-half hours, director Zack Snyder had to cut large parts of his epic superhero film – including 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 – The Big Chill
Kevin Costner was cast as the dead character, Alex, in The Big Chill, but all of the scenes that he shot are absent from the final version of the feature.
Uma Thurman – Savages
Andy García – Dangerous Minds
Andy Garcia was cast as Michelle Pfeiffer’s love interest in Dangerous Minds, but the scene was deemed totally unnecessary to the film.
Sarah Michelle Gellar – Funny Farm
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress was cast in the 1998 Chevy Chase film Funny Farm, but all of her scenes were cut from the final draft.
James Gandolfini – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The late, great James Gandolfini was scheduled to appear in 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.
Liv Tyler – Everyone Says I Love You
Steven Tyler’s progeny shot scenes for the Woody Allen film 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 – Back to the Future
Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly in 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 – Life of Pi
Tobey Maguire had his scenes deleted from Life of Pi 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 – Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Angela Bassett had her scenes cut from 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).
Chris Cooper – The Ring
American Beauty‘s Chris Cooper shot an opening and closing sequence for The Ring, but his scenes were left on the cutting-room floor.
Ashley Judd – Natural Born Killers
Ashley Judd was originally part of the big-name cast associated with Oliver Stone’s 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.
Sienna Miller – Black Mass
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 – The Thin Red Line
Mickey Rourke is one of several recognizable actors that had their scenes eliminated from The Thin Red Line. Rourke is reportedly still bitter about it after all these years.
Mick Jagger – Fitzcarraldo
Mick Jagger’s scenes were completely eliminated from Fitzcarraldo when the film had to halt production and start over from the beginning.
Robert Pattinson – Vanity Fair
The Twilight actor had his scenes cut from the film Vanity Fair, in which Pattinson played Reese Witherspoon’s son. Years later, he went on to play her love interest in Water for Elephants.
James Van Der Beek – Storytelling
The actor’s scenes were cut from the 2001 film 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 – Syriana, Unfaithful, Constantine
Michelle Monaghan was slated to appear in the George Clooney film Syriana, but her scenes were ultimately removed. Monaghan also experienced a similar fate in the Richard Gere film Unfaithful and the supernatural horror film Constantine.
Skeet Ulrich – Cursed
The Scream star was cast in a primary role in the Wes Craven film Cursed but had all of his scenes cut as a result of a highly chaotic production process.
Ghostface Killah – Iron Man
Ghostface Killah filmed a cameo for Iron Man 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 – Bruno
La Toya Jackson’s scenes were deleted from Bruno out of respect for Michael Jackson’s untimely death, which occurred in close proximity to the film’s theatrical release.
Michael Biehn – Terminator 2
Michael Biehn was supposed to appear in Terminator 2 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 second Terminator film is available as part of the director’s cut.