20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

James Rhodes, Iron Man

20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

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Terrence Howard played the part of James Rhodes, Tony Stark’s friend, in the first part of Iron Man. But in the second part, he was replaced by Don Cheadle. It’s believed that the replacement took place due to Howard’s excessive demands: he wanted his fee raised because his character appeared more often on screen.

According to the series fans, Don didn’t deliver: his character turned out to be too soft and dull and nothing like a true soldier.

Rachel Dawes, Batman

20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

© Warner Bros. / Batman Begins   © Warner Bros. / The Dark Knight  

In Batman Begins, Katie Holmes played Bruce Wayne’s love, Rachel Dawes but she refused to continue filming and Maggie Gyllenhaal was cast to her place. One of the main reasons for Holmes’ refusal was her Golden Raspberry nomination for playing Rachel Dawes. And in return, Gyllenhaal performed brilliantly, proving once again that she can cope with almost any role.

Victor Creed, X-Men

20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

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Tyler Mane was replaced with Liev Schreiber in the X-Men franchise. Fans totally supported this cast twist: Schreiber lived into the character and performed naturally and perfectly.

Bonus: In Game of Thrones, Cersei’s shame was performed by a double.

20 Actor Replacements in Movies That Took Viewers Completely by Surprise

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There’s a bright moment in the fifth season of Game of Thrones during Cersei’s Walk of Atonement through the streets of King’s Landing. The most attentive fans noticed that Cersei looked weird and unnatural during certain moments.

There’s a simple explanation of this fact: model Rebecca Van Cleave performed certain scenes as a double. First, her walking through where the crowd was filmed and then her face was replaced with Lena Headey’s using special effects. The explanation was simple: Lena Headey was pregnant at the moment and the producers decided to use a double.

Which replacement do you think was a good one and which spoiled the whole film? Share your ideas with us in the comments.

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