"You'll be replaced by Michael J. Fox
in exactly... seven minutes and twenty-two seconds!"
This is a phenomenon similar to The Other Darrin
, but clearly distinct. It occurs when a part is recast after scenes have already been filmed with someone else in the role and, as a result, every scene the original actor did gets reshot. In some cases, quick shots of the original actor may find their way into the final cut, though you'd probably only notice this if you paused on those shots. It is, of course, much easier to pull off the Other Marty in animation.
Named for one of the more famous examples. Originally, Eric Stoltz was cast as Marty McFly in Back to the Future
but after a good portion of the movie was filmed, the filmmakers, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, decided that Stoltz's performance was too dark, and he was replaced by Michael J. Fox
. Gale and Zemeckis actually wanted Fox from the start, but scheduling conflicts due to his work on Family Ties
prevented him from accepting the role. In the final cut of the movie, Stoltz can be seen driving the DeLorean in wide shots of the car chase at the mall.
In a more general business sense, the use of stunt doubles
and set doubles means that often we are not seeing the actual actor in as many scenes as we may believe. In animation, character models may be changed and updated
as work progresses and completed footage may end with glimpses of that original character.
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- Due to Creative Differences (read: really nasty falling out) with ADV Films, the Director's Cut of the dub of Neon Genesis Evangelion replaces Tristan MacAvery with John Swasey as the voice of Gendo Ikari. While this does involve some change/added dialogue, it mostly consists of replacing pre-existing ones. This happened with several other voice actors too, but it's unknown if it's for the same reason (probably not).
- In the dub of Eureka Seven, Yuri Lowenthal had already recorded dialogue as Renton Thurston for the first thirteen episodes by the time it was decided his voice was too deep, and they re-recorded it with Johnny Yong Bosch, who played him for the rest of the series.
- Bosch has mentioned at cons that this also happened with him in Trigun. He was apparently brought in to play Vash at the last minute after the original actor "didn't work out".
- For the Toonami version of Tenchi Universe in 2000, Rebecca Forstadt (who took over as Mihoshi's voice around 1997) was hired to rerecord some of Ellen Gerstell's (Forstadt's predecessor for Mihoshi) lines for content reasons since Gerstell had retired from voice acting.
- The same thing happened to Tenchi's Father and Grandfather, where the late Bob Papenbrook redubbed some lines from the characters' previous voice actor, Jay Hopper.
- Also the first episode of OVA 3 features direct flashbacks to the original two OVAs (using the original footage), which had come out about 10 years earlier. These were redubbed with the OVA 3 cast, in which some voice actors (notably Ryoko and Mihoshi) were different. Because of that, this is one of the most infamously jarring parts of the third OVA.
- Mobile Suit Gundam features a very strange example involving a mechanical design as opposed to an actor. The Compilation Movie trilogy replaces the goofy G-Fighter with the more sensible Core Booster as part of a general move away from the more Super Robot-ish aspects of the original series. The G-Fighter can still be seen in a couple of scenes that use footage from the TV show.
- In what was one of the first warnings about ADV's troubles, Gurren Lagann was originally licensed by ADV Films, and several episodes (Word of God says 5) were dubbed before the show was suddenly yanked away and given to Bandai instead, who rerecorded the dub with another studio. Mentioning this at a con around one of the actors who was in the first dub tends to get... somewhat unpleasant results.
- Bang Zoom! Entertainment had been contracted to produce an English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, as revealed by ADK during their lawsuit with 4Kids Entertainment. Bang Zoom managed to complete 26 episodes of their version (with 2 more in production) before their project was shut down with 4Kids winning the lawsuit and obtaining the license. With the 4Kids version on TV, and Konami taking over the property and continuing with that production, it's unlikely that the Bang Zoom version will ever be released.
- It should be noted that Bang Zoom's version was still edited for content and still featured a replaced musical score, but the script was far more accurate to the Japanese script, and the folks working on it were able to use the original animation files to change the mouth movements to better fit the actors' performances. Ironically, this version featured some past Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors who had since moved to Los Angeles (including Sam Riegel and Cassandra Lee).
- Two versions of Teknoman (an English dub of Tekkaman Blade) were released. With the edited version aired on UPN, the main character's lines were redubbed by Bob Bergen, but at the end of the episode that introduces General Galt one of his line readings is that of the original actor (David Thomas). The DVD releases use the less-edited dub by Saban with Thomas in the lead role, leading to the version with Bergen being a case of fans having to hunt down tape recordings.
- In Pokémon, a young boy had voiced Ash for a pilot episode before producers decided that it wasn't working out, and Veronica Taylor (the original choice) became his voice instead. The first episode was also re-recorded with Taylor in the role.
- In addition, Kayzie Rogers (under the alias of Jamie Peacock) voiced Ash for the original TV dub of the 10th Anniversary Special, but her work was redone by Sarah Natochenny for the second dub of the special, which appeared on the DVD release.
- This◊ scan from a 1997 issue of Coro Coro Comic seems to indicate that at one point, Yuji Ueda was planned to be the narrator of the Japanese version of Pokémon as opposed to Unsho Ishizuka.
- An unusual example: when Ceyli Delgadillo was unavailable to reprise her role of Dende in the Cell Games arc of Dragon Ball Z, Laura Bailey voiced the character instead (in her very first voice acting role), but Delgadillo was brought back at the last second after Bailey had completed recording, and redid most of Bailey's work. However, Bailey did end up voicing the character again for the redub of the Namek arc, and ironically redid all of Delgadillo's work in the Frieza saga for the remastered release (to retain consistency with the Namek arc). Even more ironically, Bailey's original recordings as Dende from the Cell Games arc were recovered and ended up being used for the remastered release in place of Ceyli's dialogue.
- Speaking of DBZ's remastered release, Brice Armstrong redubbed all of Dale D. Kelly's work as Ginyu, Christopher Sabat redid all of Mark Briten's work as Burter, John Burgmier redid all of Chris Cason's work as Tien, Kyle Hebert redid all of Mark Briten's work as the Ox King, Leah Clark redid all of Daphne Gere's work as Maron, J. Michael Tatum redid all of Bart Meyer's work as Spice, and Brandon Potter redid all of Mark Briten's work as Mustard. In addition, Hebert re-recorded all of Kelly's narration, which had to be done across over 150 episodes.
- It should be noted that this was NOT a full redub as lines for the other characters either were redone by the same voice actors or left alone. The Frieza saga dub was about 3/4 redone, but by the time they got to the Android arc, this trope was only averted for a few characters.
- Sgt. Frog: FUNimation originally dubbed the second half of episode 12 as a sort of "pilot". It was uploaded to their YouTube channel to see what fans thought. Fans responded, and many changes were reflected in the actual show (such as some voices, names, terms, etc.), and when the actual dub reached that episode, it was partially redubbed to reflect these changes, and to keep consistency with the rest of the show. Interestingly, the "test dub" is still up on YouTube for fans to see.
- In Naruto, Saffron Henderson voiced Kurenai Yuhi for an episode before Mary Elizabeth McGlynn was cast. McGlynn also re-recorded Henderson's bit for the DVD release.
- Todd Haberkorn was originally cast as England, for the dub of Axis Powers Hetalia. He recorded the entire season, before the initial voice actor for Italy dropped out and they put him on that role, having Scott Freeman voice for England instead. According to Todd, the entire season's worth of voice recordings is still around Funimation somewhere (and he still voices the character when he's younger). It's still currently unknown which actor was originally cast for Italy.
- Mona Marshall was to originally voice the adult Kenshin Himura in Media Blasters' dub of Rurouni Kenshin (following along the pattern of the original Japanese version, where he was voiced by a woman). However, the dubbing team felt that her voice wasn't working out for the character, and the role was recast with Richard Cansino (who had also voiced Kenshin in Sony's alternate "Samurai X" dub).
- Back to the Future
- Eric Stoltz, the Other Marty. Until the Blu-ray release, the only publicly released footage of Stoltz as Marty was still images. The Blu-ray release has, for the very first time, actual video of Stoltz as Marty - as part of a half-hour bonus feature covering pre-production as a whole, with his scenes amounting to about ten seconds total, with no audible dialogue. Footage of Stoltz as Marty survives in the finished film during the scene when Marty is trying to outrun the terrorists. Much of the driving footage features Stoltz behind the wheel (see here: ), though he is barely visible through the windshield.
- J. J. Cohen was the other Biff. Originally, Cohen was cast as Biff Tannen, but he didn't look so imposing next to Stoltz, so Thomas F. Wilson was cast as Biff while Cohen was recast as Skinhead, one of Biff's mooks (it probably helped in recasting Marty that, height differences aside, Eric Stoltz and Michael J. Fox look very similar).
- In Life as a House, William Russ was cast as officer Walker. He was eventually replaced by Scott Bakula. The DVD even features a scene including Russ.
- Bride of the Monster. Loretta King replaced Ed Wood's girlfriend Dolores Fuller, because Wood believed King when she said she could finance the rest of the film. Fuller was given a minor role, and the one instance in the film in which the two actresses interact is... strained, at best. Give Fuller credit for keeping her cool and being a professional about the whole thing.
- That's Dolores Fuller's version. Loretta King's is that Wood hired her flat out after seeing her in a play, and that Fuller was much less professional about the whole thing...
- Happened on The Lord of the Rings when Stuart Townsend was playing Aragorn for two weeks before they replaced him with Viggo Mortensen. Word of God is that Peter Jackson decided Townsend was too young to play Aragorn, and he was replaced with Mortensen mere days before filming began.
- Betty Hutton replaced Judy Garland in Annie Get Your Gun after MGM had recorded Garland's songs and filmed a few of her scenes.
- Frank Morgan was cast as Buffalo Bill, but died just after filming one scene. He was then replaced by Louis Calhern.
- Famously averted in Plan 9 from Outer Space - Ed Wood had filmed some scenes of Bela Lugosi before his death for another project, then after his death, cobbled together the unused footage into a role for that film, then filled in all the rest of the character's scenes with a different actor. (Who was, in fact, Ed Wood's wife's chiropractor.) They didn't even bother casting a stunt Lugosi that looked like him - they just had the new guy cover his face with a cape.
- Also averted in Equilibrium, apparently because they couldn't afford to reshoot the scenes. As a result, two actresses are credited as playing the protagonist's wife: one as "Preston's Wife" and the other as "Viviana Preston".
- Tyrone Power died after only filming a few scenes for Solomon and Sheba. He is still visible in some long shots.
- James Purefoy was originally cast as V in V for Vendetta, and was replaced with Hugo Weaving. Since the character wears a mask throughout the entire film, the scenes that Purefoy had shot were not redone, and Weaving simply dubbed over the lines. And since the mask muffled the voice so much, all the lines had to be redubbed anyway.
- If you look closely, you can tell which scenes are Purefoy and which scenes are Weaving, due to the fact that Weaving is visibly taller and thinner than Purefoy.
- When Heath Ledger died during production of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, casting got creative and combined this trope with The Nth Doctor to have himself, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell all play his character. Each of the replacements donated their salaries from the film to a fund for Ledger's daughter Matilda, since he had died before revising his will to include her.
- Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid began filming with Peter Sellers in the key role of a struggling composer, but when Sellers suffered multiple heart attacks, the film was reshot with Ray Walston in the role.
- In The Wizard of Oz,
- Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampett from The Beverly Hillbillies) was originally cast as the Tin Man, but there was aluminum powder in his makeup and he grew very sick as a result of breathing it in. He was hospitalized two weeks into filming, and replaced by Jack Haley, whose makeup was made from aluminum paste. Haley completed the movie, and no footage of Ebsen as the Tin Man has been released, if it still exists; just photographs and some audio of Ebsen singing If I Only Had a Heart. Ebsen can be heard, if not seen, in the finished film, when the four main characters sing We're Off To See the Wizard. (The Tin Man's solo numbers were rerecorded by Haley.)
- In addition, the Wicked Witch of the West was originally supposed to have been played by Gale Sondergaard and the character was originally supposed to be a glamorous witch inspired by the wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However, when producer Mervyn LeRoy decided that having an attractive Wicked Witch created a plot hole, as it played against the notion that only bad witches were ugly, the character was made into the familiar "ugly hag" and Sondergaard, looking hideous in the make-up, left the production and was replaced by Margaret Hamilton.
- Frank Sinatra was originally cast as Billy Bigelow in the 1950s film version of Carousel. Because they had to shoot each scene twice - once in standard 35mm film and once in the new 55mm film - he left the production, and Oklahoma! co-star Gordon MacRae was cast instead. Though nothing was ever filmed, they had started sound recordings before Sinatra left. Ironically, a few weeks into production, a conversion process was discovered, rendering multiple takes unnecessary.
- A sort of a reversal of this trope: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies the actress who was to play the "good girl" love interest got fired before filming any of her scenes, which should have saved the film from this. However, she was replaced by Sharon Walsh, an extra who HAD already shot some scenes, and can still be spotted as an anonymous dancer in a couple of musical numbers. One actress/two parts rather than two actresses/one part.
- Thomas And The Magic Railroad originally had John Bellis voicing Thomas and Michael Angelis (the UK narrator of the show) voicing Percy and James. Bellis was replaced with Eddie Glen and Angelis was replaced with Linda Ballantyne (as Percy) and Susan Roman (as James), as test audiences found that they sounded too old and their Liverpudlian accents too thick. On a lesser scale, Neil Crone, the voice of Diesel 10, originally delivered his lines in a Russian accent, only to have to re-record them without it.
- In You Only Live Twice, Czech actor Jan Werich was originally cast as Blofeld, but he fell ill during filming, thus being replaced by Donald Pleasence.
- The role of Willard in Apocalypse Now was originally played by Harvey Keitel, but he was fired about a week into shooting and replaced by Martin Sheen. Sheen later suffered a heart attack during filming, and several scenes in the finished film actually feature his brother Joe Estevez instead.
- Nedra Volz replaced Edith Massey when she passed away, in Lust In The Dust.
- In the film version of The Fugitive, Richard Jordan was originally cast as Dr. Charles Nichols, but he was extremely ill (he ended up passing away a few weeks after its release), thus being replaced with Jeroen Krabbe.
- Dulcea's first actress in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers The Movie, Mariska Hargitay, left during filming and all her scenes had to be reshot with Gabrielle Fitzpatrick.
- It's a bit more complicated than that. Gabrielle Fitzpatrick was originally slated to play Dulcea, but had surgery that conflicted, so Mariska Hargitay stepped in. When filming ran long, Fitzpatrick was able to return to the role, but some scenes involving Dulcea training the Rangers couldn't be reshot and were cut entirely.
- The Alien film series:
- Actor Jon Finch had been cast in the role of Kane for Alien, but had fallen very ill due to his diabetes and was replaced by John Hurt.
- James Remar was originally cast as Cpl. Hicks in Aliens, but James Cameron had him replaced with Michael Biehn a few days into shooting. A few shots of Remar from behind still made into the film.
- Practically the entire cast of The Room (save for Tommy Wiseau himself) was swapped during the shoot: For instance, the actor who portrays the love interest, Lisa, was originally a stagehand. One of the more obvious instances is Pete, the psychiatrist character, whose actor quit before his scenes could be finished. Rather than get a new actor, Tommy Wiseau kept all the scenes that had been shot, and simply put another, never before seen character in the film's finale, where he catches Lisa and Mark together and berates them for betraying Johnny.
- In 1954 Abbott and Costello were shooting a comedy called Fireman Save My Child when Lou Costello fell ill and had to drop out of the film. Universal replaced Abbott and Costello with Hugh O'Brian and Buddy Hackett, and made Spike Jones and his City Slickers - originally just guest stars - into the main attraction. Abbott and Costello are still visible in the completed film, in some long shots.
- During the filming of The Matrix Reloaded, Aaliyah died in a plane crash and was replaced by Nona Gaye, and all previously filmed scenes were subsequently reshot.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit has a visual example: Originally Jessica Rabbit had a different design. It can still be seen in the patty cake photos when Eddie spots the will.
- In Flight of the Intruder, for the court martial scene, the prosecutor was played by Ed O'Neill. During a test screening, the moment O'Neill appeared onscreen in his army uniform, there was laughter from the audience because of O'Neill's other role, Al Bundy on the sitcom Married... with Children. The scene had to be reshot with Fred Thompson playing the role.
- In The Truman Show, Dennis Hopper had been cast as Christof but left over creative differences with director Peter Weir; Hopper was replaced with Ed Harris.
- Kel O'Neill was originally cast as Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood only to be replaced two weeks into the shoot with Paul Dano (who interestingly enough already played a bit part as Eli's brother Paul, thus turning them into twin brothers). An article on The New York Times Magazine claimed this was because O'Neill was intimidated by Daniel Day-Lewis' notorious intensity and tendency to remain in character off set though both Day-Lewis and the director denied this.
- Joe Dirt's parents were originally played by Roseanne Barr and Gary Busey, but the director felt Roseanne's star power, in particular, was too distracting. So their scenes were reshot with Caroline Aaron and Fred Ward.
- Klaus Maria Brandauer was originally cast as Captain Marko Ramius in The Hunt for Red October, but two weeks into filming, quit because of other commitments. He recommended Sean Connery, with whom he starred in Never Say Never Again, to take over the role.
- In the remake of Freaky Friday, Jodie Foster (who played the daughter in the original movie) was originally cast as the mother before Foster decided that such a casting stunt would hurt the film's overall merit. Annette Bening was cast instead, but she herself dropped out of the film to focus on her family, and Jamie Lee Curtis was cast in the role four days before filming began. It ended up paying off, as Curtis was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance.
- Cameron Diaz was originally cast as Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat, but broke her wrist during training and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson.
- In Yellow Submarine Peter Batten was the voice of George Harrison, it was later discovered towards the end of the recording session that he was a deserter of the British army and he was arrested, Paul Angelis who voiced Ringo Starr and the Chief Blue Meanie did his remaining lines.
- Ernest Thesiger was originally the Luddite leader Theotocopulos in Things To Come, but H. G. Wells found his performance unsatisfactory and had the scenes reshot with Cedric Hardwicke. Reportedly, Thesiger only learnt about this when he went to see the premiere.
- In Small Soldiers originally the Commando Elite member Link Static was voiced by Richard Jaeckel, however he died in the middle of production and was replaced by Bruce Dern.
- Billy West, who played Elmer Fudd and the Peter Lorre Scientist in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, had recorded dialogue for Bugs Bunny, Tweety, and Marvin The Martian as well; for some reason, these roles were replaced by Joe Alaskey and Eric Goldberg. West was reportedly not pleased.
- For Double Jeopardy, Jodie Foster was originally cast in the role of Libby Parsons, but she became pregnant and Ashley Judd signed on to replace her.
- In Deep Rising, Claire Forlani was cast as Trillian St. James, but she left a few days into filming due to Creative Differences with the director Stephen Sommers and Famke Janssen eventually took her place.
- In Lawrence of Arabia Edmond O'Brien was originally cast as the journalist Bentley. He filmed at least two scenes before having a heart attack onset; David Lean replaced him with Arthur Kennedy. O'Brien is supposedly visible in long shot during the movie's Jerusalem scenes.
- Enter the Ninja was originally supposed to star black-belt champion Mike Stone, who was also responsible for the film's story. Executive Meddling intervened after shooting started, and Stone was reduced to being Franco Nero's Stunt Double.
- Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary-Jane Watson for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but the character has been cut from the film and rumours are that the role will be re-cast for the third film.
- Al Pacino was cast as El Macho in Despicable Me 2 but was replaced late in post-production with Benjamin Bratt. His name could still be seen on most of the trailers leading up to the movie's release.
- Matt Bomer had been cast as Superman in Superman: Flyby, which was to be directed by Brett Ratner. The project failed to materialise and Superman Returns was made instead, with Brandon Routh cast in the part instead. Bomer did eventually play Superman as a voice actor in the 2013 animated film Superman Unbound.
- Gerard Butler was originally going to play the role of Lucas Harper in Mindhunters, but he dropped out to work on Timeline instead and Jonny Lee Miller was cast in his place.
- Zach Galifianakis was supposed to play Roy Pulsipher in RIPD, until he was forced to withdrew due to scheduling conflicts and Jeff Bridges eventually took over the part.
- Little Shop of Horrors featured Paul Dooley in the minor role of Patrick Martin. During the shooting of a Focus Group Ending before release, Jim Belushi replaced Dooley, who still received a "Special Thanks" credit. Dooley's performance eventually received a public release in the bonus features of the original Little Shop DVD. Years after that disc became recalled, the Director's Cut Blu-Ray and DVD put Paul Dooley back into the movie, even swapping his and Jim Belushi's positions in the end credits.
- Samantha Morton was cast as the voice of the operating system in Spike Jonze's Her, and it was her voice that Joaquin Phoenix acted off of on the set. She was replaced by Scarlett Johansson who re-recorded all of Morton's lines.
- Men In Black II: Famke Janssen was originally cast as Serleena, and completed some scenes before dropping out due to a death in the family. The role of Serleena was subsequently recast with Lara Flynn Boyle.
Live Action TV
- In the remake of the Bionic Woman, Mae Whitman was originally cast as Becca Sommers in the pilot. The character was retooled for the series and Lucy Hale was cast instead
- Cheers. Ex-football player Sam Malone was initially Fred Dryer. When he was replaced by Ted Danson, Sam became an ex-baseball player due to Danson's thin frame. Dryer would have a recurring role as Sam's sports reporter friend Dave Richards. Julia Duffy was originally cast as Diane Chambers. She appeared in one episode in Season 1 as Diane's best friend Rebecca Prout.
- Happened with Jenna in 30 Rock. In an unaired version of the pilot, she was played by Rachel Dratch. Months after the original filming was completed, Dratch was replaced by Jane Krakowski. The part of Cerie was also recast between the two pilots. You can see the cut footage here.
- Miniseries V originally had Dominique Dunn as Robin Maxwell. She was murdered halfway through production and was replaced by Blair Tefkin. Dunn can be seen, from behind, in a wide shot watching the Mother Ship arrive above an LA suburb.
- The pilot for Firefly had Rebecca Gayhart as Inara. Joss Whedon knew it wasn't going to work out with Gayhart, so he had all of Inara's scenes filmed separately, so when he finally cast Morena Baccarin, it would be easy to replace them all.
- At least some of Sharpe's Rifles was shot with Paul McGann as Sharpe, but owing to an injury he had to be replaced by Sean Bean.
- The role of Mark on Step by Step was originally played by dark-haired boy who looked nothing like the regular actor. You can catch glimpses of him in the title sequence of early episodes, though the role was apparently recast before the show aired.
- Richard Kiel (Jaws from James Bond) was originally cast as the Hulk in the live-action TV version of The Incredible Hulk. It was decided however that the Hulk needed to be more muscular rather than just towering, and Kiel was let go because he possessed more body fat than the producers deemed necessary. Lou Ferrigno eventually replaced him. Kiel can still be seen in some shots in the opening credits.
- Colm Meaney as Gene Hunt and the rest of the Los Angeles cast from the initial pilot episode of the American Life On Mars. Replaced by Harvey Keitel and a setting switch to New York City.
- Star Trek:
- The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Most Toys" was originally cast and some scenes shot with David Rappaport as Kivas Fajo. He attempted suicide during production, and the part was recast and reshot with Saul Rubinek.
- Genevieve Bujold was originally cast as Nicole Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. When she bailed from the show after only three days of filming, she was replaced by Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway. This is quite possibly the most brilliant thing the producers ever did with Voyager, because while fans take issue with every aspect of the show, almost all of them - including such prominent critics as SF Debris and Confused Matthew - agree that Mulgrew's performance is by far the best thing going for the character.
- Doctor Who
- The opening episode of the fourth series, "Partners in Crime", was to feature Howard Attfield as Donna Noble's father Geoff (Attfield had previously played the role in "The Runaway Bride"). Attfield died after filming, and rather than recast the actor, Bernard Cribbins' character Wilfred Mott was retconned to be Donna's grandfather, and Attfield's scenes were reshot with Cribbins.
- "The Time Warrior" initially featured April Walker in the role of Sarah Jane Smith. However, when Jon Pertwee showed his disatisfaction of her casting (according to him, her stature was too strong to fit the role of a Doctor Who companion), then-producer Barry Letts recasted Elisabeth Sladen in the role with Pertwee's approval.
- Happened to the opening credits of Three's Company after Jenilee Harrison left the show (although she wasn't replaced, just dropped entirely). All group footage (filmed at the LA Zoo) with her in it was reshot. She can sometimes be seen very briefly at the beginning of the credits in the episodes after her departure.
- Smallville had the entire pilot filmed with Cynthia Ettinger playing Martha before they reshot it with Annette O'Toole. The original version is out there listed as either "Unaired pilot" or "Episode 0".
- The first Seinfeld episode to feature George's father Frank Costanza originally aired with this character being played by John Randolph. Later, when Jerry Stiller was cast in this role, producer Larry David had those first scenes of the character re-shot with the new actor, specifically for the series' syndication.
- He also did the same for Newman. In his first appearance, Kramer is shouting to him from Jerry's apartment window. The voice of Newman shouting back was originally Larry David. When Newman later became a regular character with Wayne Knight cast in the role, David had the original scene redubbed with Knight's voice for syndication.
- Morty Seinfeld was played by Phil Bruns in his first appearance. When Barney Martin was cast, they initially planned to reshoot his scenes as they had with Jerry Stiller. The changes to Jerry's apartment set, coupled with the ages of the other actors, though, meant they would've looked out of place with the rest of the episode.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers featured a different actress (Audri DuBois) playing Trini in the original pilot version of "Day Of The Dumpster". She was replaced with Thuy Trang for the proper version. The only shot of her that remains in the proper version is when the rangers exit the Command Center. A different voice actor was also used to voice Finster, who was also replaced in the proper version.
- In Cybertron, the unaired pilot of VR Troopers, Jason David Frank played Adam Steele. When JDF was forced to leave the project in order to return to Power Rangers, Brad Hawkins replaced him and the character was renamed Ryan Steele in the series itself.
- VR Troopers originally had a different actor playing Professor Hart. This early version of him was a Caucasian old man and had a different personality to the one who appeared in the series proper. Footage of him can be seen in the early VR Troopers promo included with the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Fan Club video.
- For the Buffy the Vampire Slayer original pilot, Riff Regan played Willow, but apparently she was never intended as playing the series character, just a stand in for the "proof of concept" pilot.
- That pilot also had Stephen Tobolowski as the principal.
- The role of Emma Peel on The Avengers was originally given to Elizabeth Shepherd. After one episode was completely filmed and a second in the process of being filmed, she was let go and replaced with Diana Rigg. The first Emma Peel episode was completely reshot to accommodate the change.
- When Carla Bonner replaced Emma Roche as Stephanie Scully in Neighbours after a few weeks of filming, almost all her scenes were reshot. However, Roche can be seen briefly through the car window when Steph drives her sisters into Ramsey Street.
- Growing Pains had a different actress, Elizabeth Ward, playing Carol in the pilot; her scenes were reshot with Tracey Gold. This has been mysteriously forgotten about; Ward's name is rarely, if ever, mentioned, and little to nothing is known about her.
- Bob Saget replaced John Posey in Full House; this is why Michelle seems somewhat older when Danny walks in the room. Reportedly, series creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin wanted Saget from the start, but he was unavailable due to being employed as a "comic correspondent" for CBS' short-lived "Morning Program" newscast.
- It happened for a lot of characters on Game of Thrones between the original pilot and the series proper (most of the pilot was then reshot with the new cast).
- Daenerys Targaryen went from Tamzin Merchant to Emilia Clarke
- Catelyn Stark went from Jennifer Ehle to Michelle Fairley
- This is a particularly odd case, in that when Sansa was brought up by Catelyn to the top table in Winterfell to meet Cersei in the first episode, only Catelyn's shots were reshot, with the Sansa shots from the pilot retained. This explains why Sophie Turner (the actress who plays Sansa) is noticeably younger in this scene than in the rest of the episode (the pilot was filmed about a year and a half before the eventual Episode 1).
- Magister Illyrio Mopatis went from Ian McNeice to Roger Allam
- Gared went from Richard Ridings to Dermot Keaney
- Ser Waymar Royce went from Jamie Campbell Bower to Rob Ostlere
- Leonard Driscoll, the head of the secret agency Intersect from Gemini Man was played by Richard Dysart in the pilot, and recast with William Sylvester by the time the series began filming. Both actors can be seen playing the same part in Riding With Death, a TV movie combining a few episodes of the series, which was famously made into an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- In the unaired pilot for Charmed that was made to sell the show to the WB, the role of Phoebe was played by an actress named Lori Rom. When the show got picked up and went to series, she (and several other actors) were replaced, and the pilot was reshot. While no footage of Rom seemed to survive to the aired pilot, it is noticeable that some footage from the unaired pilot survived. The two pilots were shot at different times of the year, as the trees and greenery showed.
- The pilot for Masked Rider featured different actors for Molly and Albee as well as different voices for Magno and Chopper (the former having a male voice, rather than female as seen in the final product).
- Nearly everyone from the Being Human original pilot was recast in the actual series, with the exception of George.
- Jill Taylor in Home Improvement was first played by Frances Fisher but was then replaced after audiences reacted poorly to her performance. Patricia Richardson played her for the rest of the series.
- Richard Karn who plays Al Borland was nearly this. He was a fill in for Stephen Tobolowsky, who was supposed to play a character named Glenn, at the time was busy with a film role. Unable to break a second film commitment, Karn was permanently cast as the role for Al on Tim Allen's Recommendation and Glenn ended up not appearing.
- Tom and Helen Willis were originally played by Charles Aidman and Kim Hamilton when they first appeared in an episode of All in the Family titled "Lionel's Engagement". When the The Jeffersons got their own series, they were replaced by Franklin Cover and Roxie Roker.
- Alfred Molina was originally cast as Arnold Rimmer until Molina's constant demands for changes to the character proved too much. An electricians' strike then put the series on hiatus and Rimmer was recast.
- Graduados was initially written with Andy Kutznetzoff as the lead actor. And so, the lead character was filled with Actor Allusions: the character is named Andy as well, he is jew like Andy, he works as a dog walker and Andy Kutznetzoff has the radio show "Street dogs"... but there is a problem: Andy resigned. All the character design stayed, but another actor played it, Daniel Hendler. It got more weird when Andy Kutznetzoff changed his mind and joined the production in mid-year, with a character that the others dubbed as "Goddzer 2".
- Alexis Denisoff was originally cast as Byron on Pretty Little Liars, but was replaced after the original pilot by Chad Lowe.
- NewsRadio: the janitor character was retooled after the pilot episode and recast with Joe Rogan.
- An early version of the Free Spirit Pilot features Christopher Rich and Shonda Whipple as Thomas and Jessie, respectively. They soon became replaced by Franc Luz and Alyson Hannigan.
- There was at one time a rumor that Little Steven Van Zandt had fallen victim to this trope when he left Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 1984 (rejoining in 1999). Allegedly, a number of songs on the ''Born in the USA" album were re-recorded with Bruce on lead guitar instead of Van Zandt. In actuality, Van Zandt left before he would have had the chance to appear on those sessions. In any case, Springsteen always played a lot of the lead guitar on his albums even while having another dedicated guitarist in the band.
- When Michelle Phillips briefly left The Mamas And The Papas during the recording of their self-titled second album, her parts were recorded by producer Lou Adler's girlfriend, Jill Gibson. Michelle returned before the album was released, and re-recorded at least some of her parts. It remains a matter of dispute as to how many songs on the final album feature which singer.
- The vocals on Black Sabbath album The Eternal Idol were initially recorded by Ray Gillen, but he quit due to personal financial difficulties (among other problems) just before the release and Tony Martin was then hired to rerecord in a nick of time.note
- Ozzy Osbourne was at one point sued by his former bandmembers Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake for unpaid royalties. When the albums featuring them (Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman) were reissued in 2002, their parts were rerecorded by Ozzy's then-current members.
- Glen Matlock is simultaneously on both sides of this trope. He was replaced by Sid Vicious when the rest of the band decided they couldn't stand him halfway through the recording of their only (studio) album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. Then, they found out that Sid was often strung out on various drugs, and when he was sober he was completely incompetent as a bassist. So they called Matlock back to finish the session. Though Vicious is officially credited on the album, the other band members have confessed that they did their best to keep him away from the studio, allowing guitarist Steve Jones to joke that this proved very easy since Sid was suffering from hepatitis, and he was only allowed a small bass part on "Bodies", which was promptly buried in the mix. The actual bass performances on Never Mind the Bollocks were recorded by Matlock and Jones.
- Kiss has done a lot of this over the years, as members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had drug and alcohol issues that affected their playing.
- The majority of the drums on the Dynasty and Unmasked albums were played by Anton Fig, best known as the drummer for David Letterman's house band.
- Many times, they brought in other guitarists to fill in for Ace. Most notably, many of the studio tracks on Alive II and the "reunion" album, Psycho Circus, were handled by longtime friend of the band, Bob Kulick (Bob's brother, Bruce, would play in the band from 1984 to 1996).
- Their only album with Mark St. John on guitar, Animalize, had two songs (Lonely Is The Hunter, Murder In High Heels) with his future replacement, Bruce Kulick, playing lead guitar.
- According to Peter Criss, many of the bass parts on their albums were actually handled by Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley instead of bassist/bandleader Gene Simmons.
- Ministry side project 1000 Homo DJs recorded a cover of Black Sabbath's "Supernaut" featuring Trent Reznor on vocals. Reznor was having a contract dispute with his label, TVT, and they refused to allow the song to be released. Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen re-recorded the vocal part himself. note The version with Reznor's vocal was eventually released, after TVT aquired the rights to 1000 Homo DJs' recordings.
- With The Phantom of the Opera Steve Harley, a UK singer trying to make a comeback, was in running for the role of the Phantom — so much so that he recorded the original single of the "Phantom of the Opera" title song. However, the tone and the musical style of the show changed considerably after this, and he was sacked just before rehearsals began and replaced with Michael Crawford. Needless to say, the comeback never happened.
- Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark cycled through many principal actors because of its constant delays and unfortunate production mishaps. At one point, Jim Sturgess was attached to play Spider-Man, with Evan Rachel-Wood as Mary-Jane and Alan Cumming as the Green Goblin.
- In the world premiere of the musical First Date at Seattle's ACT Theatre, Casey was originally supposed to be played by Kendra Kassebaum (one of the many Glindas in Wicked), but she got called back to NYC for a different show and was replaced by Kelly Karbacz.
- Marlon Brando reprised his role of Don Corleone and recorded new dialogue for EA's 2006 video game The Godfather, but his failing health made most of his dialogue unusable, forcing the studio to turn to a soundalike.
- In Scarface: The World is Yours Al Pacino was set to reprise his role but it was discovered that years of smoking had damaged his vocal chords to the point where he could no longer sound like Tony Montana, so he personally handpicked Andre Sogliuzzo to replace his dialogue.
- Disney had finished recording Aladdin and the King of Thieves with Dan Castellaneta as Genie (Robin Williams had voiced Genie in the original movie only, and Castellaneta had replaced him for the TV series and The Return of Jafar). Then, when the filmmakers managed to persuade Robin Williams to return for King of Thieves, they just threw out Castellaneta's work and re-recorded all of Genie's lines.
- The illustration of Aladdin himself is another Marty — his initial design was even based off of Michael J Fox. He, after almost half of the film was drawn, was redesigned to look more like Tom Cruise for better appeal — the DVD Commentary sets points out when this starts to become more obvious.
- Shrek was originally supposed to be a vehicle for Chris Farley, but Farley died before he could complete recording and was replaced by Mike Myers. This turned out to be a good thing for the film, because Myers decided he didn't like the screenplay and pushed for a major revision. Amazingly, the writers obliged, and the rest is history.
- And, in a rare same-actor version of this trope, Myers originally recorded the whole role in an American accent before deciding that Shrek should sound Scottish.
- Cal in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was originally voiced by Tracy Morgan, but was replaced by Bobb'e J. Thompson at some point late in the production, as the art book still lists Tracy Morgan as Cal's voice actor, and a number of animation reels still have his voice in them. (This can be seen at 0:50 and 1:37 here.)
- In the reruns of the Fairly Odd Parents shorts from Oh Yeah! Cartoons, Tara Strong redubbed Timmy's lines, presumably out of respect for Timmy's original voice actress, Mary Kay Bergman, who committed suicide in 1999.
- For The Jetsons: The Movie, Janet Waldo was originally going to reprise her role as Judy Jetson, and apparently recorded her lines for the film, but she was replaced by Tiffany (who was originally only supposed to be Judy's singing voice), at the insistence of Tiffany's manager. As a result, the voice director (Andrea Romano) refused to take credit.
- Also both of the lead male voice actors Mel Blanc (Mr. Spacely) and George O'Hanlon (George Jetson) died during filming. Jeff Bergman dubbed some of their remaining lines. (Listen carefully in the scene where Spacely gives George the promotion. Both of their voices subtly change halfway through.)
- In the original Jetsons series, Lucille Bliss had recorded six weeks' worth of dialogue for Elroy Jetson before she was fired following a dispute between her agent and the producers over Lucille's salary and billing (the producers wanted her to use an alias to hide her gender). Lucille subsequently fired her agent, but it was too late. The part had already been recast with Daws Butler (and the character's age was slightly raised), and the episodes with Lucille were completely re-recorded with Daws. According to Lucille, the original recordings with her as Elroy were destroyed.
- Karri Turner was originally supposed to be the lead voice actress for South Park and appeared in the unaired pilot as Wendy, Ms Crabtree, and the other female characters. She wound up replaced by Mary Kay Bergman in the series proper, as the creators felt her voice wasn't distinct enough. Interestingly, the first choice before Turner was Nancy Cartwright, who refused to work on the show due to its crude content. This may have been for the best, given what happened with fellow Scientologist Isaac Hayes (the voice of Chef) after "Trapped In The Closet".
- Mike Judge was intended to voice Damien and had recorded dialogue for the episode. However, since the plot wound up going through several rewrites, he was unable to commute back to California regularly to re-do his lines. Matt Stone then took the role and dubbed over Judge's existing dialogue, as well as voicing the lines that had been changed or added to the script.
- In the case of the Latin American dubbing situation, Miguel Paneke was hired to reprise Stan for season 16 (having voiced the character through seasons 3 to 7). However, Paneke was let go after recording dialogue for three episodes, by order of MTV executives who wanted Larry Villanueva (Stan's first voice actor, and voice for seasons 10-15) to return instead. This was especially controversial as Paneke wound up never paid for his recording sessions, and was not warned of the executives' mandate. After MTV failed to get Villanueva back, Orlando Nogeura was cast as Stan and redubbed Paneke's lines. A similar incident happened with Frank Falcón, the original dub actor for Butters, who was brought back to voice his character for the same season. He had also dubbed at least three episodes, but the role was recast with Noguera and Falcón's vocal track went unused.
- All of the classic Gumby episodes were redubbed in 1988 so they would match up with the then-new Gumby Adventures TV series. In addition to replacing John Seely's stock music with a synthesizer score, all the voices were rerecorded by the then-current voice cast. Gumby had quite a few voice actors and actresses in the original episodes, including Dick Beals, Ruth Eggleston, Dallas McKennon (in the early 1960s) and Norma MacMillan (in the late 1960s). In the redubbed versions, Dallas McKennon voiced Gumby in all the episodes.
- The pilot of Inspector Gadget (where Gadget has a mustache) had three versions: one with Gary Owens as Gadget, one with Jesse White as Gadget, as well as a third one that used most of White's dialogue, but with Frank Welker redoing one line to explain why Gadget had a mustache (this one ended up being the final version). Otherwise, they are completely identical. Ironically neither Owens nor White went on to become Gadget's voice for the final series (which was Don Adams).
- For the production of the first season, it was initially thought that Frank Welker wouldn't be able to reprise the role of Dr. Claw, as DiC had moved the ADR recording from Los Angeles to Toronto (save for Don Adams, who recorded in LA). Don Francks was cast in the role of Claw and recorded dialogue for about 35 episodes before it was decided that Welker could voice the character after all in the same studio used for Don Adams. Welker redid most of Francks' dialogue, and voiced Claw for the rest of the series, but there were four episodes that the studio didn't get to, and Francks' voice remained in place for them.
- In the first produced episode of The Simpsons, "Some Enchanted Evening", Christopher Collins (aka Chris Latta of Transformers and G.I. Joe fame), besides voicing a TV host, recorded Moe's lines before the episode underwent last minute revisions and the voice was dubbed over by Hank Azaria, who assumed the part from then on. Christopher Collins also was the other Mr. Burns in the episode "Homer's Odyssey", which was Burns' first appearance in production order (but not broadcast order). Collins had recorded for a few episodes as Burns, but was replaced and dubbed over by Harry Shearer (as Collins had a falling-out with James L. Brooks and the Simpsons production also conflicted with his stand-up comedy).
- Maile Flanagan was originally cast as Colin in The Simpsons Movie, but was replaced at some point with Tress MacNeille.
- John Malkovich was originally cast as Professor Screweyes in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, but about midway through production he was replaced by Kenneth Mars. Some snippets of his voicework, along with the deleted scenes explaining his missing eye and the crows, can be seen here.
- In the King of the Hill episode "My Own Private Rodeo", Charles Nelson Reilly was the original voice of Dale Gribble's estranged gay father Bug. After the story was rewritten, David Herman did Bug's voice instead.
- Before Mark Hamill took over, Tim Curry was in fact the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, but Curry didn't make it through three episodes without hurting his throat and Mark Hamill became well received for his work in "Heart of Ice".
- Normally, Jeremy Irons not only provided the speaking voice for Scar, the main villain of The Lion King, but also his singing voice as well, but toward the end of the song "Be Prepared", Irons almost stressed his vocal cords, and as a result Jim Cummings (who voiced Ed the hyena) had to be brought in to record the remaining lines. If you listen carefully, you can hear that he sounds more like Razoul after the line "You won't get a sniff without me!"
- In Bolt, Chloe Moretz was the first choice to voice the role of Penny, and apparently voiced the character for the entire film. But she was replaced by a stunt-cast Miley Cyrus, who went on to re-record most of Penny's dialogue, though Moretz's voice for Penny as a child still remains.
- Jim Varney of both Ernest P. Worrell and Toy Story fame was supposed to play the role of Cookie Farnsworth in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, but just right before production of that film was finally over so it can be released, Varney died of cancer and as a result Steve Barr had to finish the rest of Varney's dialogue for Cookie. Atlantis was actually Jim Varney's final role in film history.
- Varney took that role knowing he would never see the finished product. Now that's dedication to your craft.
- In later airings of Arthur during the Justin Bradley episodes over half of them were redubbed by his then current voice actor Mark Rendall.
- Sterling Holloway was supposed to be the voice of Opus in A Wish for Wings That Work, but much to Berkeley Breathed's annoyance, it got changed to Michael Bell.
- A very controversial one happened in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Josh Keaton had originally reprised his role from The Spectacular Spider-Man as Spider-Man himself for the episodes "Along Came a Spider" and "New Avengers", plus the series finale, but then it was decided to have Drake Bell, who voices the character on Ultimate Spider-Man, redub the lines. Between this, Grey DeLisle reprising the role of Betty Brant, and what little lines he had as a cop, evidence also points to Daran Norris, Keaton and DeLisle's costar on Spectacular also having reprised his role as J. Jonah Jameson and similarly being redubbed with JK Simmons, who played the character in the Sam Raimi films and on Ultimate.
- Ryan O'Donohue was originally cast as the voice of Gus Griswald in Recess, and had recorded for Gus's debut episode, "The New Kid". However, he was re-cast, and Courtland Mead dubbed over his lines for the broadcast version. Ryan O'Donohue continued to voice Randall and Dave, among other characters.
- For the original 1968 broadcast of the classic Christmas special, Frosty the Snowman, June Foray had voiced Karen, and all the other children. For the 1970 broadcast however, an unknown actress (a real child) was brought in to rerecord all of Foray's dialogue as Karen (and a real boy was also brought in to rerecord some of the dialogue of a couple of the young boys). However, much of Foray's dialogue still remains in the current show, as some of her dialogue for some of the additional kids weren't redone, and a couple of her lines as Karen ended up slipping through (such as when she says "Oh no!" off camera when the kids were thinking of a name for their snowman). Foray has no idea why this was done, and the special is still broadcast with the redubbed Karen today. To this day, nobody knows the name of the voice heard in the role, as the credits weren't modified to include her.
- Ted Schwartz was originally cast as Judd Nelson's replacement for Rodimus Prime following Transformers: The Movie, but for some reason he was replaced by Dick Gauthier. However, for unknown reasons, his lines were still used in the recap portion of Five Faces Of Darkness Part 2, as well as one line in Five Faces Of Darkness Part 3.
- In The Legend of Korra Rob Paulsen had recorded dialogue for adult Aang, he ended up being replaced by D.B. Sweeney.
- Brian Drummond was originally going to voice Cyclops in X-Men: Evolution and even recorded his dialogue for the first episode, but the role was eventually recast to Kirby Morrow leading to to everything being re-recorded.
- In X-Men, Storm's voice actor changed for the second season onwards. The season one episodes were redone so the new voice was heard in reruns. However, the DVD has the original versions, making the redone versions as hard to get your hands on as the original versions once were. If you don't feel like you have the whole series without having both versions, your work's cut out for you.
- In a similar example to the X-Men series, some of the early episodes of The Real Ghostbusters were redubbed for syndication with Kath Soucie, Buster Jones, and Dave Coulier performing the respective roles of Janine, Winston, and Peter. The Time Life DVD set has the original versions, also making the redone versions a rare collector curiosity for the fans that would want them.
- Freddie Rodriguez originally voiced Pantha in the fifth season of Teen Titans, as the creative team thought it would be funny for the character to have a masculine voice. For some reason or another, the role switched over to Diane Delano and Rodriguez' two episodes ("Calling All Titans" and "Titans Together") were re-recorded with her vocals. Even so, fans were still confused as to whether Pantha was voiced by a man or a woman.
- In the original recording sessions for the Superjail! pilot "Bunny Love", a woman named Melissa Brown was cast in the role of Alice. After one of the executives at Adult Swim didn't approve of her voice, they suggested Christy Karacas voice the part instead. Brown's version of Alice can be heard in the animatic reel included as an extra on the first DVD. It would seem this change came relatively late in production, as her name still appears in the ending credits. She would briefly return to voice Alice's Spear Counterpart Bruce in an early season 1 episode, but that part would later be recast after she retired from voice acting (in the downtime between the first two seasons).
- In another example of last-minute recasting, Lord Stingray was initially to be played by Chris McCulloch (aka Jackson Publick). Due to the character's color scheme and voice being too similar to the Monarch (although in actuality he was meant to parody Cobra Commander), Adult Swim told the crew to pick a different voice actor. Eric Bauza was then cast in the role, and re-recorded all of McCulloch's lines. The animatic reel featuring McCulloch's take on the character has yet to ever be made public.
- Andrew Francis was thought to be the voice of Braeburn in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Although he did record lines for the part, in the final cut they used the voice of Michael Dangerfield instead.
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command originally premiered with a TV movie entitled "The Adventure Begins," with Tim Allen reprising his role of Buzz from the Toy Story movies. When the movie was edited into syndication as a multi-part episode, Patrick Warburton, who voiced Buzz in the regular episodes, redubbed over Allen's dialogue.
- William H. Macy was originally cast as Marlin in Finding Nemo and recorded all the dialogue for the film before he was replaced with Albert Brooks.
- For the Looney Tunes short "The Bashful Buzzard" Kent Rogers recorded most of his lines for Beaky Buzzard but he was shipped off for combat in World War II and subsequently killed in action, Bob Clampett then did his remaining lines.
- John Lithgow was the original voice of Hades in Hercules he had recorded the majority of the dialogue but he was replaced by James Woods because the producers felt he wasn't energetic enough..
- In A Wish for Wings That Work, the Bloom County TV special, Sterling Holloway was originally going to be the voice of Opus, and his lines were even recorded for it, but for unknown reasons, it was changed at the last second to Michael Bell.