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20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

Clarice Starling, The Silence of the Lambs

20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

© Orion Pictures / The Silence of the Lambs   © Universal Studios / Hannibal  

The Silence of the Lambs is a real gem of world cinematography. Agent Clarice Starling was originally performed by Jodie Foster, but she was replaced by Julianne Moore in the sequel. The reasons weren’t identified, but it was rumored that Foster refused to take part in filming due to a busy schedule and asked for an extra fee from cinema earnings.

The replacement was welcomed coldly. Although Moore did a great job and nailed the part of the older, harsh Clarice, she didn’t manage to reproduce that weirdly magical connection between her and Hannibal Lecter.

Ruby, Supernatural

20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

© Warner Bros. Television / Supernatural  

Katie Cassidy first appeared as the demon Ruby in the third season of Supernatural. However, her character dies at the end of the fourth season and appears once again in the fifth season under a new disguise, Genevieve Cortese.

According to the official version, Cassidy refused to continue filming due to a busy schedule on the Harper’s Island mini-series. People didn’t really like the new Ruby despite her beautiful looks, which the producers were counting on.

Jennifer Parker, Back to the Future

20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

© Universal Pictures / Back to the Future   © Universal Pictures / Back To The Future, Part II  

You hardly even noticed this replacement: Jennifer Parker in the first and second parts of this cult movie were played by different actresses. In the first part, it was Claudia Wells, who got a green light to Hollywood thanks to this film. However, due to her mother’s illness she refused to continue filming and was replaced by a look-alike actress named Elisabeth Shue.

Brian O’Conner, Furious 7

20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

© Universal Pictures / Furious 7  

After Paul Walker’s tragic death Universal Studio had to face a burning question: how to finish Furious 7 without him. They decided to opt for advanced special effects and Paul’s brothers who replaced him at the movie set.

According to the studio representative, they also used archived scenes filmed for the previous parts of The Fast and the Furious franchise. They cut them out and fit them into a new film.

The Oracle, Matrix

20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

© Warner Bros. / The Matrix   © Warner Bros. / The Matrix Revolutions  

The Oracle was played by Gloria Foster in the first and second movie of the franchise. However, she passed away before the third movie shooting started. Mary Alice became the new Oracle and the viewers couldn’t understand why the producers didn’t find an actress similar to Foster in appearance or at least acting ability.

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