10 Actors Who Have Been Fired from a TV Show or Movie

Julianne Moore

Project: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Moore was originally signed on to star as writer Lee Israel in the film that ended up earning Melissa McCarthy an Oscar nomination for the same role.  

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Kevin Spacey

Project: House of Card

Actor Anthony Rapp revealed in an interview with Buzzfeed in 2017 that he allegedly had an unwanted sexual encounter with Spacey back when he was underage working in the theater.  

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Janet Hubert

Project: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The original Aunt Viv was reportedly fired after the show's third season because she didn't get along with star Will Smith.  

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Anne Hathaway

Project: Knocked Up

Back in 2007, Hathaway was initially offered Katherine Heigel's role in the movie Knocked Up. 

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Charlie Sheen

Project: Two and a Half Men

After making "inflammatory comments" and failing to continue a drug rehabilitation program, producers ultimately decided it was time to let Sheen go—and they did so in an 11-page letter, describing the actor as being sick. 

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Christian Bale

Project: American Psycho

The studio went through a lot of other actors before deciding to go with Bale for the lead role. But after a lengthy hiring process, Bale was let go when Leonardo DiCaprio became available.  

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Megan Fox

Project: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

In 2009, after she made a few choice comments about the film's director, Micheal Bay, Fox was fired from the third installment of Transformers and replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.  

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Shannen Doherty

Project: Beverly Hills, 90210

Doherty can thank Tori Spelling for getting her kicked off the show—though Doherty was the root of the problem. The actress was known for getting into physical fights on set. 

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Stana Katic

Project: Castle

In April 2016, it was announced that Katic would not be returning to Castle for season nine. A month later, the show was permanently canceled.  

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Selma Blair

Project: Anger Management

Blair played Charlie's girlfriend, Kate Wales on the FX comedy show before she was forcefully fired in June 2013. 

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