Just because you’re a big star that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed roles. Whether you’re ending up on the cutting room floor or just not being called back for the sequel, sometimes being a big-name actress is tough. Some of our favorites, including Shailene Woodley and even Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, have experienced the unexpected twists of the industry.
And it’s something that’s not easy to handle. Plot changes, pregnancies, celebrity scandals — actresses have been cut from the big screen for a number of different reasons… but not before the Internet took notice of the stars and scenes that could have been. Here are some actresses who never made it to the final cut:
1. Shailene Woodley — The Internet exploded when fans found out that Shailene was on set for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Despite the sadness surrounding Emma Stone‘s character’s impending doom, we loved the idea of Shailene being Peter Parker’s next love interest in the form of comic-book favorite Mary Jane Watson. However, the excitement came to an end once production decided to cut out her scenes for the sake of the plot. In fact, the news happened to come as a shock to the Divergent star as well! “For a few hours it was literally like, ‘Oh, my God, was I awful? Why did they cut me? What are people going to think?'” Shailene told Vanity Fair about hearing the news, “I woke up the next morning and I was like, ‘Okay, it makes total sense.’ I’m a pretty spiritual person, so I can just sit back and trust that everything happens for a reason, even if my ego doesn’t like it.” Just ’cause, though, here’s some footage of Shailene on set:
2. Jennifer Lawrence — Fans everywhere — and even J.Law herself — were ecstatic to find out that she would be making a cameo in the long-awaited Dumb and Dumber sequel. However, because of the Oscar-winner’s already busy filming schedule, both of the film’s directors told Screenrant.com that they ended up having to cut the proposed scene they had in mind. UGH.
3. Kristen Stewart — Imagine getting cut out of your own franchise?! Well, that’s exactly what happened to this Twilight star. After filming and promoting Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen was caught up in a massive love affair scandal with the film’s director, Rupert Sanders that not only shocked fans around the world, but also changed the course of the planned franchise. Now, a sequel is currently being filmed with Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, a brand-new director and no KStew. Ouch.
4. Amy Poehler — Before starring on Parks and Recreation, the Saturday Night Live comedienne was supposed to hit the big screen along with the hilarious cast of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. But in this case, Amy actually had a feeling her bank-teller role wasn’t going to make it to the finished product. “Even back then, I was like, ‘This movie is so long, I’m never going to make it in this,'” she revealed to Vulture. But Amy did eventually get her time to shine with the hit comedy: an unforgettable cameo in the movie’s sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The release of her cut scene also ended up appearing in a release of the first film titled, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. Here’s her cameo from the second film:
5. Maya Rudolph — Believe it or not, Amy wasn’t the only funny lady cut from the first Anchorman film! Her SNL companion was actually supposed to star in the same scene as Amy that ended up being cut. The Bridesmaids star was supposed to be the robber of Amy’s bank. But, unlike Amy, Maya did not get the chance to appear in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. She was only featured in the deleted scenes release of Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. Here’s their moment that was cut from the first movie:
6. Mila Kunis — After the success of 2012’s blockbuster, Ted, many fans were confused to find out that the That ’70s Show alum wouldn’t be appearing in this summer’s sequel. According to the franchise’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, the reasoning is simply based on the direction he wanted to go with the characters — focusing the movie on Ted’s relationship and not John’s. However, when Mila asked to comment on the sequel she stated, “A little thing called ‘a pregnancy’ got in the way of me and production.” Oh, right. That.
7. Rachel Weisz — Director Terrence Malick is known for cutting actors out of his films. That’s why when Rachel was cut out of his 2012 film, To the Wonder, the star of The Mummy was upset but still grateful. She told Italian news outlet La Stampa, “I had the pleasure of working with him [Malick], but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work.” Bummer.
8. Jessica Chastain — Yes, Rachel wasn’t the only one Terrence cut from To the Wonder. But the Zero Dark Thirty star seemed a bit less surprised by the revelation. “Just as I suspected, my small role has not made it into the final version. But I really didn’t imagine it would. The three days I shot were with Ben Affleck and he was doing really great stuff. I’m looking forward to see how it all brilliantly comes together,” she posted on her Facebook page. However, luckily for Jessica, she did appear alongside Brad Pitt in the director’s 2011 film, The Tree of Life.
9. Katie Holmes — Getting cut from one of the decade’s most raved about franchises is not easy. Despite appearing as Rachel Dawes in the first film, Batman Begins, the Dawson’s Creek star was replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal in the Oscar-buzz sequel, The Dark Knight. While schedule conflicts seem to be to blame, it definitely was a major cast change for such a popular film.
10. Rachelle Lefevre — Twilight fans just can not forget this casting news. After playing the role of Victoria in both Twilight and New Moon, the Under the Dome star didn’t appear for her character’s final moments in the third film, Eclipse. Instead, she was replaced by now-Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard when schedule conflicts got in the way. However, Rachelle was less than satisfied with the whole situation when claiming that the schedule overlap was only 10 days. “I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role. I was fully committed to The Twilight Saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria,” she said in a public statement. That’s gotta hurt.
11. Megan Fox — When you piss off Michael Bay, it can’t be a happy ending. After starring alongside Shia LaBeouf in the first two Transformers films, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star never returned to the franchise. According to the director, the comments she made to Wonderland magazine — where she compared him to Hitler — did not sit well with executive producer Steven Spielberg. Bay also blamed how much she was “on her BlackBerry” during filming.
12. Anna Paquin — Okay, so this True Blood star’s cut from the latest X-Men film was definitely a shock. After appearing as Rogue in the first three films of the franchise, director Bryan Singer said that the editing process made her recent appearance too “extraneous” for the overall film. Therefore, cutting out her one and only scene in the film (apart from her .2 seconds at the end of the flick). However, Rogue fans need not fear! The scene was indeed included in the Blu-Ray of X-Men: Days of Future Past: