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Deleted Role

It can be nearly impossible to tell exactly what will happen between script and screen. Between casting, rewrites, various production quibbles and the like, the final product could easily be completely different than what the people involved thought they were working on. Editing can have a particularly dramatic impact, with the director and editor being able to shape the footage at their own whim. Occastionally, whole characters fall victim to cutting. This trope is what happens when a Deleted Scene also removes an entire actor from the product.

See also Demoted to Extra, when a character's screentime is simply cut to the point of insignificance.


Examples:

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    Films — Animated 
  • The perceived laziness in the plot of Thomas and the Magic Railroad stems from the fact that a major character was removed from the film thanks to Executive Meddling. The main villain of the movie was a human character named P.T. Boomer (played by Canadian actor Doug Lennox), who was the main driving factor to the concern felt by Burnett Stone in the movie. Thanks to the removal of Boomer, plots driven by him went unexplained. The reason for his removal was allegedly due to him being too 'scary for children' during the US test audience screenings, which is odd given that the secondary antagonist was an evil diesel with a claw! This cut was so close to the release of the movie that trailers and promotional material still alluded to him.
  • Ice Age originally had a character named Sylvia, voiced by Kristen Johnston (Sally on 3rd Rock from the Sun), a Clingy Jealous Girl sloth whom Sid was trying to get rid of. She was cut for various reasons, mainly because she made Sid come off as a Jerkass.
  • Isla Fischer, Minnie Driver, Erin Brockovich, and Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob recorded dialogue for The Simpsons Movie their scenes were cut and have yet to be released to the public, although the filmmakers state that they may include them in a special edition dvd.
  • The Disney movie Tangled originally had main character Rapunzel's father the King have a voiced role, played by John Goodman no less! His dialogue was cut from the final movie so although the king appears he doesn't speak. In the credits John Goodman is still listed as the voice of the King.
  • Kelsey Grammer had all his dialogue recorded as Henry Waternoose for the prequel to Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, but the character was removed post-production.
  • In Disney's animated version of Alice in Wonderland, the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon wound up having no further presence than storyboards, a Cut Song, and a Jello commercial featuring characters from that film. The Jabberwock's appearance was cut from the final movie for being too creepy and surreal even by the film's standards, although it did show up in a children's book adaptation.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • William Hartnell had all of his scenes cut from The Abominable Dr. Phibes, which would have been his final movie role prior to his death.
  • Christopher Lambert filmed scenes in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen that were cut from the final print.
  • Eddie Fisher's role in All About Eve as the stage manager was cut, though he's still credited.
  • Shailene Woodley's role as Mary Jane Watson was cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, instead being saved for the third installment in the series, which isn't happening anymore.
  • Taylor Schilling's role as Tony Mendez's wife was cut almost completely out of Argo, leaving her instead with a brief appearance near the end.
  • Austin Powers had a Running Gag cut from the first filmnote , which had several scenes showing the family and friends of Faceless Mooks upon learning of their deaths: including Creator/RobLowe in this cameo. Rob was given an on-screen role in the sequel.
  • Several members of N Sync had cameos as Jedi during the arena fight in Attack of the Clones, but all of their scenes were cut during editing.
  • Tom Hiddleston was meant to return as Loki for Thor's nightmare sequence in Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, test audiences found the nightmare sequence confusing (apparently some thought that Loki was controlling Ultron, and the fact that the scepter he used in The Avengers to induce mind control is a MacGuffin in this film probably didn't help), so it was drastically shortened, removing Loki's appearance in the process.
  • BRIAN BLESSED was cut out of Barry Lyndon.
  • Jena Malone was a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but was cut entirely from the finished film. Fortunately, here scenes were restored in the extended DVD cut.
  • Be Cool had a scene where Linda was interviewed by Patti LaBelle for her radio show. However, the music legend's scene had to be cut for time.
  • In The Big Chill, the friend who committed suicide, putting the entire plot in motion, was originally meant to be played in flashback by Kevin Costner. Writer/Director Lawrence Kasdan eventually decided his character didn't need to be seen, and all of Costner's scenes were edited out. The role isn't 100% deleted, though. The body being dressed at the beginning of the film? We never see the face, but it is Kevin Costner, all right.
  • Sienna Miller's role as notorious gangster Whitey Bulger's girlfriend Catherine Greig in the movie Black Mass was cut because director Scott Cooper thought her scenes (which focused on the period when Bulger was a fugitive) weren't dramatic enough.
  • Stan Lee originally had a cameo in Blade that was ultimately cut from the film. He played one of the cops that come in to the blood club during the aftermath and discover Quinn's body on fire.
  • Macaulay Culkin had a small role in Born on the Fourth of July that was cut.
  • The script for Bruce Almighty had the character of Bobby, who worked at the news station, selling snacks. He annoyed Bruce, who then proceeded to damn him, causing him to become demoniacally-possessed. Fortunately, Bruce eventually reversed it.
  • Summer Glau revealed that she had been cast in a supporting role for Black Swan. However, before shooting began, the character was cut from the story while the screenwriters were still working on final drafts.
  • Several staff members were cut out of The Breakfast Club before filming. Dr. Lange, a social studies teacher who dresses oddly, and Robin, a gym teacher. Robin helps Vernon on a few workout machines until Vernon injures his back, and she eventually visits the students while they are in their circle in the library. Robin initially replaced many of Carl's scenes and Carl was originally set to be a minor character with only two scenes.
  • Crispin Bonham Carter, who had played Mr Bingley in the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice filmed a couple of scenes for Bridget Jones' Diary as a character called Greg - but they were cut from the film. He can be glimpsed when Bridget quits her job and at the launch party.
  • La Toya Jackson had a scene in Brüno in which the titular character invites her to eat sushi off an obese naked man and practically begs her to call her brother Michael to join them. Unfortunately, hours before the movie's red carpet premiere in Los Angeles, Michael died, and the scene was immediately cut.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seth Green had a supporting role as Pike's friend who would later be turned into a vampire (he would've been the only cast member to have been in both the movie and the show), all of his scenes were cut but he can still be seen very briefly near the end among the vampires at the gym.
  • Melissa Leo's role as Mamie Eisenhower was cut out of Lee Daniels' The Butler.
    • Orlando Eric Street was cast as Barack Obama, but his scene never made it into the final cut.
  • Robin Williams' first film was the erotic comedy Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses?, but for whatever reason his scenes were removed from the first release. But shortly before Popeye was released the film was re-released with Williams' scenes included, the advertising boasting about his inclusion.
  • Jasmine Guy filmed scenes for Carrie (2002) as a psychic detective who would lock horns with Detective Mulcahey. They were all cut late in production.
  • Woody Allen cut all of Vanessa Redgrave's scenes from his film Celebrity.
  • Phil Collins claims he was one of the children storming the castle at the end of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but was edited out because of a rather large and unsightly bandage on his head that was covering a cyst.
    • He was also one of the fans in the performance of "You Can't Do That" in ''A Hard Day's Night" that was cut from the film.
  • A scene from A Christmas Story where Ralphie has a fantasy about being in the Flash Gordon universe was cut, however the credits still list the actors for Flash Gordon and Ming The Merciless.
  • Apollo and Athena had major roles in the original cut of Clash of the Titans (2010), but the film was reworked. Apollo's role was heavily reduced, while Athena was almost cut completely. Additionally all the Gods originally had lines in the first scene on Olympus.
  • Sofia Vergara's role as a plane hijacker in Collateral Damage was cut, as her scenes were too uncomfortable post-9/11.
  • Michelle Monaghan had a role as a half-breed demon who had a relationship with the title character in Constantine, but her role was cut because they wanted to greater emphasize his loneliness, and her role conflicted with that.
  • The Conversation originally featured Abe Vigoda as Harry's lawyer and Mackenzie Phillips as his teenaged niece. Based on the stills of the deleted scenes with Harry's neighbors, it looks like one of them was played by Howard Hesseman.
  • Debbie Harry acted in Cop Land, but was edited out in the final cut. She explained on a live television special that although she was cut, she still got paid.
  • Scenes featuring Michael Berryman as the Skull Cowboy were cut from The Crow. Most likely because Brandon Lee's death meant that they couldn't film any more with his character.
  • Patrick Troughton had a cameo in The Curse of Frankenstein as a mortuary attendant. Although his name is credited on some early publicity material, his scenes were cut from the finished film.
  • Wes Craven's werewolf movie Cursed was very much a Troubled Production, and as a result of Executive Meddling, re-writes, and re-casting, many actors filmed scenes that were never shown. Among those who fell victim to the Cursed curse were Skeet Ulrich (whose character was originally a central figure), Illeana Douglas, Heather Langenkamp, Scott Foley, Omar Epps, Robert Forster, Corey Feldman, and James Brolin.
  • Andy Garcia's role as Michelle Pfeiffer's love interest in Dangerous Minds was left on the cutting room floor, thereby preventing a Romantic Plot Tumor.
  • Daredevil originally had a subplot involving the titular hero having to prove the innocence of a client played by Coolio, which was removed due to Executive Meddling. It was later restored for the Director's Cut.
  • Tracey Ullman was cast as a bartender named Toni in Death Becomes Her, with her character intended to be the eventual love interest to Bruce Willis' character Ernest. Due to lackluster test audience reception and the studio wanting the film retooled to be a pure black comedy, all of her scenes were cut (although she still appears in the theatrical trailer) and the ending was entirely reworked. note 
  • Ronny Cox shows up very briefly in Deep Blue Sea as the company CEO in the beginning, where he doesn't even say anything. Presumably the footage was cut.
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. filmed a cameo in Diamonds Are Forever that ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • Cheryl Smith had a sizable co-starring role in the original longer cut of The Driver, but the subplot involving her character wound up being excised and subsequently all of her scenes got cut out as well. Walter Hill regretted cutting these scenes and spoke favourably about Smith's acting skills.
  • Harrison Ford originally had a scene in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial where he played the school principal, but Steven Spielberg decided to cut it, not wanting to be accused of Stunt Casting (even though Ford's face was never shown).
  • Re-shoots to Edge of Tomorrow added in a role for Jeremy Piven, but it was left on the cutting room floor.
  • Ben Affleck filmed a scene as Matt Murdock in Film/Elektra, but it was cut.
  • Many of the actors in the POW camp in Empire of the Sun had larger parts but those portions of the film were heavily cut down from what was shot. Robert Stephens and Paul McGann claimed they filmed larger parts of the film, but most of their scenes were cut.
  • Ellen Pompeo had a scene in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where she played an ex-girlfriend of Joel that was deleted from the final cut.
  • Both Liam Hemsworth and Brittany Murphy were cut from The Expendables following script rewrites; Sylvester Stallone later gave Hemsworth a part in the first sequel (Murphy, who would have appeared as Mickey Rourke's girlfriend, passed away before the first film's release).
  • James Gandolfini shot scenes as a man who meets Sandra Bullock at grief counselling in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, but they were cut after negative reactions at test screenings.
  • Kidada Jones filmed several scenes in The Faculty portraying a girl called Venus, who was advertised in TV previews and a tie-in Tommy Hilfiger commercial. Most of them were cut and she can only be seen in the science class scene, standing next to Gabe (Usher's character).
  • Nicolas Cage had one of his first roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, as "Brad's Bud" but nearly every one of his scenes were cut. You can still see him for a couple seconds working the grill at the American Burger.
  • Lara Flynn Boyle's first film part was a small role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but none of her scenes made it into the final movie.
  • Mick Jagger was supposed to appear in Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, but various troubles with the production (along with Jagger's commitment to The Rolling Stones) led to his character being removed.
  • The Force Awakens:
    • Constable Zuvio, the Kyuzo militia leader of Niima Outpost on Jakku. Enjoy the action figure!
    • James Arnold Taylor had a small role as the voice of Obi-Wan's Force ghost, but was replaced by Ewan McGregor.
    • Christina Chong was announced to be in the cast, but all her scenes were deleted.
  • Margaret Nolan appeared as one of Rusk's potential victims in Frenzy, though her footage was cut from the film.
  • Farrah Fawcett's character was cut entirely out of the Gene Wilder movie Funny About Love. Roger Ebert described this as "One of the biggest breaks in Farrah Fawcett's career."
  • Harriet Walter filmed several scenes for a prominent role in The French Lieutenant's Woman that ended up cut completely.
  • Ben Stiller had cameo in Get Shorty as the director of one of Harry's low-budget B-movies. It was cut from the film because it didn't suit the flow of it. Even though Barry Sonnenfeld thought it was funny (maybe the funniest scene in the movie) it did nothing to advance the plot so it had to go.
  • The original five-hour cut of Gods and Generals (now available on Blu-Ray) featured a subplot following the life and career of John Wilkes Booth. It was cut due to Executive Meddling.
  • Serafina's daemon Kaisa doesn't appear in The Golden Compass, but photos exist of him with Eva Green.
  • Dolph Lundgren's role in Hail Ceasar was almost entirely deleted for time reasons, and he only appears as a silhouette.
  • Adrienne Barbeau had a small role in Rob Zombie's Halloween that was cut. Ironically she was once married to John Carpenter, the director of the original film.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle originally ended with Harold meeting Maria's brother, played by Luis Guzman, who Harold initially mistakes for her boyfriend, and learns from him that Maria has gone to Amsterdam. As humorous as it was, Word of God decided it'd be better having Harold actually see Maria one last time before she goes to Amsterdam.
  • The Harry Potter films:
  • Jonathan Brandis had a role as Private Lewis P. Wakely in the 2002 film Hart's War. His frustration over its deletion, which he hoped would be his comeback role, was thought to have been a contributing factor behind his suicide in 2003.
  • Frankie Howerd (as Sam Ahab) and Wendy Richard had a cameo in Help! that was left out of final editing owing to its length. However, the sequence was left in the film novelisation.
  • Chris Cooper filmed scenes for Her that were cut.
  • Hope Lange was cast as a love interest for George Peppard's character in How the West Was Won, but her scenes were cut from the final print of the film. She portrayed young Julie Stuart, the daughter of Henry Fonda's character. After Lange's scenes were deleted from the film, Julie was later portrayed by Carolyn Jones.
  • Harold Ramis originally had a scene as John Cusack's father in High Fidelity, but it was cut. Beverly D'Angelo was also in a scene in the film, based on the scene in the book where Rob is buying records off of someone whose husband ran out on her.
  • In The Hobbit, Peter Jackson was to play Basketman, the Lake-town spy who emerges from a basket. Basketman's scene was cut after a complaint from Peter Jackson's wife.
  • Prior to her Star-Making Role in The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley had a small part in The Inbetweeners 2. After unexpectedly getting cast in a huge franchise like Star Wars, her filming schedule suddenly made it impossible for her to do reshoots for The Inbetweeners 2. It was decided that the easiest solution would be to just cut her role entirely.
  • Brandon Routh was cast as a vampire in Gregor Jordan's film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ short-story collection The Informers, but all of his scenes were removed before the film's release.
  • Michael K. Williams was supposed to have a significant cameo in The Incredible Hulk, which Edward Norton wrote for him because he's a huge fan of The Wire. It got severely cut down in the editing room, so in the finished movie, Williams basically shows up (completely out of nowhere) for a few seconds during the final battle.
  • Maggie Cheung was cast as the former owner of Shoshanna's movie theatre in Inglourious Basterds, but all of her scenes were cut from the final release.
    • Cloris Leachman was in a flashback scene as The Bear Jew's grandmother that got cut. Her scene would have explained how The Bear Jew got his bat.
  • Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan was supposed to have a cameo in Iron Man, but his sequence was cut from the final film.
  • Sam Rockwell had a Deleted Scene in Jarhead where he played Jake Gyllenhaal's uncle.
  • Michael Jai White originally had a cameo in Kill Bill as a martial artist with a score to settle with Bill. A rather awesome fight scene was sadly cut.
  • Killing Them Softly originally had cameos by Garrett Dillahunt and Bella Heathcoate that apparently wound up on the cutting room floor; the two had to settle for a "Thanks To..." mention in the end credits.
  • Liza Minnelli filmed a scene in The King of Comedy where she played herself on Jerry Langford's talk show and sang "New York, New York" but it didn't make the final cut. Minnelli only appears in the finished film as a life-size cardboard cutout, a guest on Rupert Pupkin's basement talk show.
  • L.A. Story: Both John Lithgow and Scott Bakula filmed scenes that were later cut during the editing process. Lithgow's character Harry Zell is mentioned by other characters in a couple of scenes.
  • Tori Spelling had a cameo as herself in Last Action Hero, but it was eventually left on the cutting room floor.
  • Liar Liar had a deleted scene with Fletcher defending his client, Skull (played by Randall "Tex" Cobb), and his actor is listed in the opening credits. In the finished film, all we get of this character is a brief scene with him thanking Fletcher and a name mention when he calls Fletcher in need of legal advice.
  • Supermodel Claudia Schiffer was originally cast in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels as Eddie's girlfriend. She completed filming but was later edited out after negative test screenings.
  • Dewey Martin, was originally cast in The Longest Day as Lt. Wilder, a role was deleted from the final cut.
  • From The Lords Of Salem:
    • Udo Kier had a role as a horror movie character in a Show Within a Show that was cut from the final cut.
    • Originally, Richard Lynch played Jonathan Hawthorne and Andrew Prine played a character called Judges Samuel Mather. Due to Lynch's worsening health condition, Rob Zombie reshot Hawthorne's most important scenes and filmed new shoots for the burning scene with Prine as the reverend and omitted the judge.
  • Kelly Jo Minter as Maria was cut from The Lost Boys. The only true appearance she makes is over Lucy's shoulder in the video store, yet she still received billing in the film's opening credits.
  • British comedian Omid Djalili got prominent billing in The Love Guru, despite his one scene as Guru Satchabigknoba being removed from the theatrical cut, but it was included as a deleted scene on the Blu-ray release.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker's role as feminist crusader Gloria Steinem was cut out of the biopic Lovelace.
  • In Magnolia, Orlando Jones's role, as "The Worm"—the father of the rapping boy and also the murderer of the man in the closet—was left on the cutting room floor. This makes Dead Guy In Closet's Murder an Unreveal and makes the boy's presence in the film more or less random. In the final cut Jones appears only as the mysterious hooded pedestrian that Officer Jim chases before losing his gun.
  • Averted in The Man Who Would Be King. John Huston considered cutting out the Rudyard Kipling character (played by Christopher Plummer) and probably would have, had star Sean Connery not decided to Wag the Director.
  • Jennifer Ehle was cast as George Clooney's love interest in Michael Clayton, but all of her scenes were cut (save for a brief, out-of-focus appearance in the background of one shot). Clooney personally apologized to her for the exclusion.
  • Edward Herrmann originally appeared in Miss Congeniality as Gracie's father, but his part was cut.
  • George Harrison originally had a larger role in Monty Python's Life of Brian, but it got cut to him just being introduced as the manager of the Mount and saying "Hello." Pilate's wife, only mentioned in the final cut, was to have been played by Burt Case, a very tall actor who had another bit part that remained in the film.
    • Also, a scene setting up Otto and the Judean People's Front was deleted, so their Big Damn Heroes (Subverted) moment at the end comes out of nowhere.
  • Julianne Moore, Tony Shalhoub and Anton Yelchin star in deleted sketches from Movie Forty Three.
  • Estella Warren planned to make a big comeback with a supporting role in the spy comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but her part - she and Adam Brody play a husband and wife who get wrapped up in the film's plot - was deleted from the final print (although Brody remains in the movie).
    • Keith David & Angela Bassett were cast as the bosses of the title characters, but only their voices remained in the final movie.
    • Terence Stamp and Jacqueline Bisset also appeared in a subplot as terrorists that got cut.
  • The Muppets originally had cameos by Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Wanda Sykes and Danny Trejo. Sykes and Trejo's scenes appeared on one of the trailers. (Trejo does appear in Muppets Most Wanted.)
  • Famous bodybuilding siblings David and Peter Paul had a scene in Natural Born Killers where they were interviewed by the Robert Downey, Jr. character because despite having their legs hacked off by the main characters, they can't help but be impressed by their charisma. Director Oliver Stone, despite praising their scene as the best-written one in the movie (whose screenplay was written by Quentin Tarantino), couldn't fit it into the final cut.
    • Ashley Judd also had a part that was cut, where she had a 9-minute scene as a courtroom witness. Denis Leary appeared in a cameo as a conspiracy theory-obsessed prisoner that was cut.
  • Sam Waterston played CIA director Richard Helms in Oliver Stone's Nixon, but after public outcry from Helms's children over how his character was portrayed, his scene was cut from the film. It was later reinstated for the home video Director's Cut.
  • Louise Fletcher appeared in Once Upon a Time in America as the director of the cemetery Noodles visits in 1968. She appears only in the restored version.
  • Lionel Stander's entire scene as the bartender in Once Upon a Time in the West was cut from international prints, but he remained on the credits.
  • Hugh Herbert filmed scenes playing Mercury in One Touch of Venus, but they were deleted.
  • Leni Zieglmeier was cast as Wendy Darling in Pan, but her scenes were cut from the final film.
  • Jared Leto had a cameo as an actor in Phone Booth that was cut as it didn't fit the film's tone. However, the cable version adds this scene back in to pad the film's run time.
  • Elizabeth Berkely had a small scene in Point Break (1991) that was cut.
  • Julie Brown was going to appear in Police Acadmey 2 Their First Assignment as Mahoney's second love interest, a seamstress named Chole Daniels, only to find out later that all her scenes, bar two nearly cameo apearances, were cut from the final print.
  • In his only work for Disney (if you don't count Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Mel Blanc originally recorded dialogue for Gideon the cat in Pinocchio. He was cut out not because the character was taken out but because they decided to keep him silent. A single hiccup is all that remains of Blanc's performance in the film.
  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes was originally envisioned as a three-hour movie composed of four semiconnected stories. However, the studio pressured Billy Wilder into removing the first and third segments, completely cutting Inspector Lestrade (played by George Benson) and other characters played by the likes of Noel Johnson, Nicole Shelby, and David Kossoff from the movie.
  • This trope explains why the end credits for Problem Child include several characters who don't appear in the film.
  • From Prom Night (1980):
    • After the family visits Robin's grave, Mr Hammond takes his wife to visit Dr Fairchild. The men would talk briefly in the hallway, where it would be revealed that Robin and Alex were twins.
    • Mr Sykes would be shown witnessing Wendy's murder. In the theatrical cut, he can still be seen during her chase.
    • The girls would be passing notes in class, which was Jude telling them about Slick. Kim would be caught with the note and forced to read it aloud to the class. This is why Mr Weller calls Kim "the literary Ms Hammond" when she arrives at the gym late.
  • In Pulp Fiction, there was originally a scene with Dick Miller as Monster Joe, the owner of the car place where Winston Wolf leaves Jules and Vince. Quentin Tarantino has since said that this would have made it in if it weren't for pacing reasons.
  • Bruce Campbell had a cameo in The Quick and the Dead that was cut out in the final edit. His name still appears in the final credits.
  • In Rat Race, Owen caught a ride on a moving house only to discover it was not quite empty when he walked in on Kimberly Page in her underwear, causing her to scream. This leads to Diamond Dallas Page showing up and beating up the former referee. The scene was cut from the final film for time purposes.
  • Chris Cooper originally had a role in The Ring where he played a serial killer who tried to convince Naomi Watts to petition for his early release. Had his scene remained in the movie, she would have delivered the killer tape to his cell at the film's end.
  • Although Harry Carey Jr. was listed in the credits for Rio Bravo on-screen, he does not appear in the picture. Carey had a drinking problem at the time. He called Howard Hawks "Howard" instead of "Mr. Hawks" on one of his first days on the set, infuriating Hawks. His contract, including his pay and his screen credit, was honored, but his part (a townsman) was cut.
  • Anthony LaPagila filmed a single scene as Al Capone for Road to Perdition and it was cut out. However, like Jared Leto in Phone Booth, his scene is thrown into TV showings. Interestingly, Alfred Molina was the producers' first choice to play Capone but couldn't due to schedule conflicts.
  • Megan Park filmed some scenes in Room as Joy's high school friend, but they were all cut.
  • Uma Thurman filmed scenes as Blake Lively's mother for Oliver Stone's Savages, but they were cut from the final film.
  • Sofia Vergara reprised her role as Odile in a scene filmed for The Smurfs 2, but was eventually dropped from the theatrical release.
  • But for a single shot in the montage that closes the movie, this is Jeaneane Garofalo's fate in Southland Tales. Brian O'Halloran (Dante Hicks from Clerks) was also rumored to have been cut.
  • Adrian Lester filmed a cameo as a scientist that Marko visits in Spider-Man 3 that was cut.
  • Spice World originally had cameos from Jason Isaacs and Gary Glitter that were eventually cut. The latter case is very well justified, as the singer was arrested for possession of child pornography shortly before the film's release.
  • Michael Dorn (best known for playing Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation) was offered a cameo role in Star Trek Into Darkness, but it was eventually cut because the filmmakers didn't want "to mix the old with the new".
  • Star Trek: Nemesis was supposed to have a scene with Wil Wheaton as Wesley at Troi and Riker's wedding, but it was cut, leaving him with only a brief, dialogue-free appearance in the film.
  • Maggie Stiff filmed a scene in Stop Loss as the assistant to the senator, meeting Brandon in his office. It's deleted from the film, and she's only heard over the phone.
  • James Van Der Beek was cut out of Todd Solondz's Storytelling. It's not known exactly who he was playing, but rumors say that he played a gay football player whose part included an explicit sex scene.
  • Tom Hedden's family were originally given roles in Straw Dogs, but they were either cut or never filmed. June Brown was cast as Hedden's wife, together with Chloe Franks as their daughter Emma, and a scene was scripted featuring both in their home doing laundry with Susan George. However, although the scene was included, it was never filmed. Michael Mundell was originally cast as Cawsey the rat-catcher but was later switched to the role of Bertie Hedden in a scene featuring the village children. However, this entire scripted role was also never filmed because the scene was canceled due to time and budget constraints.
  • Surf's Up originally had an interview scene with Big Z's former girlfriends, voiced by Jane Krakowski and Mindy Sterling. The girlfriends still appear in the background, but nearly all of their dialogue scenes were cut. The scenes did later appear in a "documentary" in the DVD's special features.
  • Matt Damon had a cameo in The Sum of All Fears as a waiter, but it was cut from the final film.
  • Eric Christian Olsen filmed a few scenes in Sunshine Cleaning as Randy, one of Norah's booty calls. Most of his scenes are deleted, except for the one where Norah sees a report about an ambulance crash while on the couch with him.
  • Tim Burton decided to drop the Crowd Songs partway through filming Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, feeling they were uncinematic. This resulted in performers Christopher Lee and Anthony Stewart Head being cut from the movie (even though the latter has a single line cameo following "The Contest").
  • At the Turner Classic Movies 2010 Classic Film Festival, screenwriter and actor Buck Henry revealed that he was an extra in Sweet Smell of Success in the scene when Falco gets his hand caught in the door. Unfortunately, said Henry, he ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • Sub Girl originally played an integral part in Tank Girl, but the studio cut her role down to a cameo.
  • Michael Biehn was supposed to reprise his role as Kyle Reese in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but his scene was cut. It was, however, reinstated for the Director's Cut.
  • Terrence Malick is notorious for this, due to the fact that he shapes his films as he is making them. The most famous case was his 1998 war epic The Thin Red Line, where of the All-Star Cast, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Sheen, Gary Oldman, Bill Pullman, Lukas Haas, Viggo Mortensen, and Mickey Rourke were cut out completely, and others such as George Clooney and Adrien Brody (who was originally supposed to be the lead) had their screen time drastically reduced to one or two scenes each.
  • Joe Bob Briggs had a deleted cameo as a victim in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
  • Catherine Keener was cast as Detective Slocumb's wife in Thelma & Louise, but her scene was cut. It's included on the Special Edition DVD.
  • Judy Greer's role as Casey's Mother in Tomorrowland was denoted to a flashback home video and is missing from the present day time period. Word of God is that Casey's Mother (along with members of Casey's extended family) were cut to streamline the story. Casey's mother appears in the present time period in the Junior Novelization. Some of their scenes are among the deleted scenes on the Blu-ray release.
  • Adriana Barraza had a role as the owner of a diner in Thor that was cut for time, though she is still listed in the end credits.
  • Philip Bosco's scenes as the Dean in The Time Machine (2002) were cut from the final print.
  • Jack Black appears in a scene in True Romance as a movie theatre usher that was cut from both the theatrical and director's cuts. Tony Scott later regretted cutting the scene.
  • Turbo A Power Rangers Movie was originally three hours long, and featured many characters who were either cut out or removed from the script through rewrites. Former rangers Billy, Trini, and Zack were all supposed to appear, but David Yost quit, and Thuy Trang and Walter Jones turned the film down. Also removed was a mermaid, Mandika, an ally of Zordon's who would help the Rangers find the Ghost Galleon ship and later prevent Kimberly from drowning. All of her scenes were shot, but were later cut from the movie, and have never been seen since.
  • Ruth Negga filmed about a week's worth of footage in 12 Years a Slave as a slave kept in a cage surrounded by alligators, only for all the scenes to be cut.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's Non-Actor Vehicle UHF, had at least two characters who were removed via editing in the final product.
  • Clint Eastwood cast his mother Ruth Wood toiled through an uncomfortable day (wearing a heavy dress) as an extra in Unforgiven, filming a scene where she boards a train; but the scene was eventually cut, with her son apologizing that the film was "too long and something had to go." All was forgiven when he brought her to the Academy Awards and thanked her prominently in his acceptance speech.
  • Before Twilight and Harry Potter, Robert Pattinson was cast as Becky Sharp's son in Vanity Fair in which he reconciles with his mother. Perhaps because this was wildly Out of Character for Becky, it was cut.
  • In W., Michael Shannon had a scene as the preacher who converted Dubya to evangelical Christianity. For some reason or another, it was cut out of the final product.
    • Rob Corddry and Ioan Gruffudd also had their roles cut to almost nothing (Corddry has a one-line role at the end, Gruffudd has one scene in the middle).
  • Ruth Wilson shot scenes as Liam Neeson's partner in A Walk Among the Tombstones, but they were cut after the filmmakers decided to make Neeson's character a loner.
  • Bill Walker appeared in a deleted scene for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? delivering a package to Jane at the Hudson Mansion. It was filmed in the studio recreation of the house but never made it to the final release. He is uncredited.
  • Max von Sydow plays the character than gives his silver-pointed cane to Lawrence Talbott in The Wolfman (2010), but his one scene was cut from the theatrical release. It survives in the director's cut of the DVD.
  • In the 1939 film version of The Women, Margaret Dumont was cast as Mrs. Wagstaff, but got edited out entirely.
  • The X-Men films have multiple examples of this:
    • X2: X-Men United was meant to feature brief cameos from Beast and Gambit during the brainwashed Professor X's telepathic attack on the mutants, which would have caused their powers to flare involuntarily, but the sequence was cut. The characters would later appear in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, respectively.
    • Fan favorite Jubilee appears in very minor blink and you miss it cameos in all three of the original X-Men films, but a slightly longer scene that had her showing off her powers was cut from X2.
    • The actor who played Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) was intended to have a much larger presence in X-Men: The Last Stand (including a fight scene with both Juggernaut and Magneto, who throws Colossus away when he armors up). Almost the entirety of his role is deleted, and he appears in a non-speaking background role for the entirety of the film.
    • Anna Paquin's role as Rogue was cut out of X-Men: Days of Future Past, but her major scene was included on the Blu-Ray release as a deleted scene. A 17-minute longer "Rogue Cut" of the movie was later released on Blu-Ray, which restored her role completely, along with other changes added as well.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse was going to have the debut of Channing Tatum as Gambit. The Artifact of playing cards remains in the opening sequence.
  • A variant happens in the movie Sucker Punch. While Jon Hamm does make an appearance at the end as the doctor who performs a lobotomy on Baby Doll, a deleted scene also had him appear in the bordello fantasy, as the High Roller. In the scene, it would have been revealed that the High Roller had no intention of raping her, and asks for love between a man and a woman, in exchange for setting her free. Baby Doll consenting leads to her seeing the lobotomy as her freedom in the real world. Apparently the scene was cut because Executive Meddling kept whittling it down, until it began to look like Baby Doll wasn't entirely consenting to the sex. Since that ruined the entire point of the scene, it was cut and the High Roller remained an unseen character.
  • Leon Askin played a lawyer in Young Frankenstein (reading the last will) but was cut out.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The pilot for Chuck featured Natalie Martinez as the protagonist's other love interest and neighbor Kayla Hart, who was going to be a main character but was instead cut from the pilot (and series) entirely before it aired.
  • Gordon Tipple originally did an opening voice-over narration as the Master in the Doctor Who Doctor Who telemovie, but this was cut out in favor of Paul McGann doing a narration instead. Tipple's involvement with the film was reduced to a single scene where his face was totally obscured by shadows and his version of the Master was promptly killed off, making his discernible presence in the film next to nonexistent.
  • Macy Gray had a role in the pilot of Empire as a maternal figure/love interest to Hakeem. She was removed due to Executive Meddling.
  • Liam Burke shot scenes as "The Mad King" (Aerys II Targaryen) for flashbacks in Game of Thrones, but they were all cut.
  • The Highlander series had a variant of this - Christopher Lambert did appear in the pilot, but when footage shot for the pilot was used in a flashback in a later ep, Lambert was edited out because they couldn't afford to pay for a second appearance.
  • On The X-Files, Scully was originally supposed to have a boyfriend at the start of the series, named Ethan. He was eventually cut, but the deleted scenes with him can be seen on Youtube. Ethan also tends to crop up in fanfiction.
  • Happens to Dev in ''Master of None. Dev, a struggling actor who mostly works in commercials, gets a minor role as a doctor in a Summer Blockbuster about The Plague. When he goes to the premiere he finds that all his scenes have been cut.

    Theatre 
  • The original production of the musical Show Boat cast a well-known actress as Hetty Chilson, though Edna Ferber's character had already been practically Demoted to Extra before being cut out of the show entirely. The actress, Dagmar Oakland, remained in the cast as Dolly, a small part in a filler scene.

    Video Games 
  • In Metal Gear Solid 2 a character named Chinaman was originally meant as one of the Dead Cell, but before release he was cut for reasons unknown and Vamp had his initial role merged with Chinaman's, which explains why he has water-related abilities, which were originally meant as Chinaman's, besides his knife mastery and immortality.
  • All of the Duke Nukem Forever trailers up till Gearbox took over featured The Prospector. He was dropped by Gearbox as a character.

    Western Animation 
  • The Joker was meant to cameo in the Justice League episode "This Little Piggy", where after Diana had been turned into a pig, Batman would be walking down the street with her and would pass the Joker preparing to commit a crime with his gang. The Joker, in the middle of preparing a heist and laying out his convoluted plan to deal with Batman, would see Batman holding and consoling a pig and would stare at it in Dull Surprise, then throw his hands in the air and abandon the entire scheme. For various reasons, the scene was dropped.
  • Catherine Cobert was meant to appear in the Young Justice pilot movie as the Justice League's PR liaison, but she ended up being cut for time. Her design was later recycled for the character of Cat Grant, and Catherine finally got to make a proper debut in Season 2.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Luna Eclipsed" originally had a scene where Twilight Sparkle took Princess Luna to see Rarity to help improve her image with a new dress. As a result of the scene being cut, Rarity had an absent episode.
  • Josh Keaton recorded lines as Spider-Man in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, but the character was redubbed by Drake Bell.
  • In a deleted scene in Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, during the first communication with Admiral Hunter, when the transmission is interrupted due to an "accident", Dr. Emil Lang's panicked voice (voiced by Greg Snegoff who voiced him in Robotech and Robotech II The Sentinels) can be heard in the background desperately trying to re-establish contact with Janice who was aboard the Deukalion. This is not so much a deleted scene since it appears in the film but Dr. Lang's voice is omitted. This version of the scene can be found in the extras included on subsequent releases of The Shadow Chronicles DVD. It was likely removed because Lang's voice in the background was distracting from the dialogue between Vince and General Reinhardt.


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