Once upon a time, Tobey Maguire was the poster boy for Indie movies with roles in such movies as "The Ice Storm", "Pleasantville" and "Wonder Boys." Thanks to his fame-making turn as Spiderman, the actor is just too famous for independent fare.
The actor was poised to make his grand return to the big screen in two films with Oscar buzz in 2012 after a self imposed break from Hollywood to focus on his young family. Maguire was set to have two holiday hits with the release of "Life of Pi" on November 21 and "The Great Gatsy" ready to hit theaters in on Christmas day. The first was recast at the last moment and the later was pushed back to next summer.
Of his decision to ax the actor "Life of Pi" director Ang Lee said, "To be consistent with the other casting choices made for the film, I decided to go with an entirely international cast. I very much admire Tobey and look forward to working with him again in the future." The role went to relatively unknown actor Rafe Spall.
The news of his firing is hardly unusual in Hollywood which can make a sport out of its casting changes. Here are some of the actors who famously got the ax:
Eric Stoltz: While most couldn't imagine anyone other than Michael J. Fox playing the iconic role of Marty McFly in the "Back to the Future" films, the role belonged to Eric for five weeks. He was recast by director Robert Zemeckis after deciding that he didn't have the right comedic flare for the role.
Megan Fox: She played the ultimate sexy girl next door in the first two "Transformers" movies, but when she decided to start trashing the film's producers in the press the actress got the boot. She was replaced by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the third film, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
Lindsay Lohan: She may be the resident bad girl trying to go good in Hollywood these days, but the actress was in a downward spiral in 2010 when she was cast to play porn star Linda Lovelace in "Inferno." Actress Malin Ackerman took over the role and Lindsay went to rehab.
Mel Gibson: Don't call it a comeback! The "Lethal Weapon" star was set to make a high profile cameo appearance in "The Hangover: Part 2" in 2010, but was unceremoniously axed from the film after star Zach Galifianakis reportedly complained about having him on set. The role went to actor Liam Neeson and the director downplayed the reported firing.
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