Directors often make eccentric characters with a purpose in their head but that is not always comprehended by the test audience. Either it is too distracting, doesn’t long, or simply doesn’t contribute to the story. Many cameos and short appearances by famous actors were left out from the film for these reasons. Whatever the idea behind them was, the makers failed to translate it into the screen. Why don’t you go through these characters and judge it yourself? Were they too bizarre for the plot? Let us know if you would have wanted to see them on the screen. Here are the 12 weirdest characters that were later cut from these popular movies.
1. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King
Christopher Lee had played a significant part in the third installment of ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Not just the actor but even fans were disappointed when Saruman’s role was wiped out from the film by Peter Jackson. When Lee was asked if he’d join the premiere, he said “What’s the point now?”
2. The Ring
Chris Cooper played a powerful yet creepy murderer in ‘The Ring’ who was rotting in jail. He was interrogated by Naomi Watts’ character and was later given the infamous cursed tape. He did add to the eerie atmosphere of the story but also distracted the audience from the main plot. So, the directors found it best to remove him.
3. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
Another star was added to the cast of the profit-making BvS before it brutally got removed. Jena Malone was going to share the screen with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Amy Adams as Jenet Clyburn, a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs in Metropolis. As you can make it out, this character had a connection to The Flash but Zack Snyder deleted her scenes as the film was already too long.
4. E.T The Extra-Terrestrial
Harrison Ford was already a major star from Star Wars and Indiana Jones when he was cast in Steven Spielberg’s ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’. He played Henry Thomas’ school principal but didn’t make it to the final cut as the director decided to focus on the kids rather than on the adults.
5. All The Money In The World
It was not just a cameo but a lead role that was deleted from the entire movie after all the productions were complete. Kevin Spacey was the protagonist of this Ridley Scott movie who later got replaced by Christopher Plummer after being accused of sexual misconduct.
Sweetheart of Hollywood, Paul Rudd is loved so much by the audience that he was removed from ‘Bridesmaids’. The actor played Kristen’s romantic interest who turned out to be a**hole after he shouted at a kid. Naturally, the test audience couldn’t watch Rudd in a negative role. Moreover, it didn’t make sense for Kristen Wig to explore blind dates when she was busy with Jon Hamm and Chris O’Dowd. The directors had no option but to cut him out.
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Shailene Woodley was set to play Spider-Man love interest, Mary Jane in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’ which never saw the light of the day. But first, she filmed a few scenes in the second installment to blend her character into the story. But this Mary Jane never made to the theatrical release.
8. Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
Arnold Schwarzenegger had a double role in Terminator 3 which would have added new and interesting insight to the movie. He played a common man named William Candy who inspired the look for T-800. He was dubbed by someone else but none of his parts as Candy made it to the final screening.
9. Life of PI
Tobey Maguire was cast to play a reporter interviewing Pi. His scenes were even shot but got deleted before the final release. The iconic masterpiece was about Suraj Sharma’s Pi Patel and Tobey’s strikingly recognizable face would have undermined the protagonist’s character.
10. Vanity Fair
Remember how Joey was shocked to find out that his small scene was cut out from a film in Friends? The same happened with Robert Pattinson during his early years in Hollywood. His debut was pretty grand as Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. But the actor was supposed to have his debut in Vanity Fair where he played Reese Witherspoon’s son. Unfortunately, the director changed his mind at the last moment and removed Pattinson’s scene which he discovered at the premiere.
The stunning Uma Thurman played Blake Lively’s mother in the book adaption, Savages. Unfortunately, they had to cut out her role from the movie due to time constraints. Director Oliver Stone said “We ended up cutting characters from the book, like the mother. She was a good character- Uma Thurman played her beautifully-and the scenes were good but you don’t have time, you know?”
12. Iron Man
Ghostface Killah is widely known for his solo music debut album titled, Ironman, in 1996. MCU wanted to have some fun by bringing the singer of Ironman in Iron Man. So Killah made a cameo in the first Iron Man movie where he was seen partying wildly with none other than the billionaire Tony Stark in Dubai