Have you ever been fired? Of course you have! But you shouldn’t be ashamed. It happens to everyone, even people who are actually good at their job.
Things happen, you know? Maybe your boss hates you. Maybe the company just can’t afford to keep you on. Maybe you accidentally started a small kitchen fire on your first day of work, and then tried to blame it on the owner’s dog…sorry this is getting personal now.
Let’s get to the celebrities…
6. Sylvester Stallone – “Beverly Hills Cop”
The Role: Axel Foley
Why He Was Fired: Stallone wanted the film to be filled with action. He has said that his version of the script “would have looked like the opening scene from Saving Private Ryan on the beaches of Normandy.” But Paramount didn’t like the changes because they were too expensive to produce. Two weeks before filming, Stallone left and was replaced with Eddie Murphy.
5. Megan Fox – “Transformers 3”
The Role: Mikaela Banes
Why She Was Fired: After starring in the first two ‘Transformers‘ films, everyone assumed Megan Fox would be back for the third movie in the franchise. But after comparing director Michael Bay to Hitler in an interview, she was fired and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was hired. Of course, Fox and Bay have worked things out since their public battle. Working together on the terrible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake.
4. Judy Garland – “Valley of the Dolls”
The Role: Helen Lawson
Why She Was Fired: According to the reports, Judy was fired after she showed up on set drunk. She was fired and replaced with Academy Award-winning actress Susan Hayward. We should note there are several different stories on what really happened. Some people claim the production team hated Garland, some people say she was unhappy with the script, etc. Being drunk at work makes for a better story though.
3. Anne Hathaway – “Knocked Up”
The Role: Alison Scott
Why She Was Fired: Okay, so technically she wasn’t fired, but the original plan was to give the lead female role to her. Reports say she and Judd Apatow disagreed on a particular scene in the movie. The actress claims she couldn’t accept the role “because it was going to show a vagina — not mine, but somebody else’s. And I didn’t believe that it was actually necessary to the story.” Katherine Heigl replaced her.
2. Stuart Townsend – “Lord of the Rings”
The Role: Aragorn
Why He Was Fired: Poor Townsend was training for his role in the movie for two months, and then was fired just one day before filming began. According to Townsend, he was fired because the director wanted someone older than him. He says he has no good feelings for the people in charge, “After that I was told they wouldn’t pay me because I was in breach of contract due to not having worked long enough. I had been having a rough time with them, so I was almost relieved to be leaving until they told me I wouldn’t be paid.” Viggo Mortensen ended up getting the part.
1. Ryan Gosling – “The Lovely Bones”
The Role: Jack Salmon
Why He Was Fired: It’s hard to believe someone fired Ryan Gosling, but Peter Jackson did it after Gosling decided he needed to gain 60 pounds to play the part of the grieving father. He claims he drank melted cartons of ice cream to gain the weight. “I really believed he should be 210 pounds.” Ryan said. But Jackson disagreed, which left Gosling, in his own words, “fat and unemployed.” Mark Wahlberg replaced him.