14 Times TV Shows And Movies Poorly Replaced An Actor

Trisha D.
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Sometimes, when a TV show or movie franchise has to replace an actor, they do a pretty good job of finding someone who looks similar to the original performer, thereby making the transition easier. For example, William Hartnell played the First Doctor on Doctor Who from 1963–1967. He died in 1975, so when the long-running show decided to bring back his character for guest appearances in 2017 and 2022, they cast David Bradley, who previously played William Hartnell in the 2013 biopic An Adventure in Space and Time. However, sometimes, they do a not-so-great job at recasting and replace the actor with someone who looks completely different. Here are 14 TV shows and movies that replaced an actor with someone who looked literally nothing like them: However, when she became a larger role and a love interest for Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, she was recast with Jessie Cave, who stayed in the role for the rest of the series. Here they are side-by-side. 2. On The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Janet Hubert played Vivian Banks for Seasons 1–3. However, when they offered her a new contract, she followed her agent’s advice and turned it down in hopes the studio would renegotiate it with her. However, they never did. Daphne Maxwell Reid then played Aunt Viv for Seasons 4–6. Here they are side-by-side. 3. In the first three Halloweentown movies, Kimberly J. Brown starred as Marnie Piper. However, in Return to Halloweentown, she was replaced by Sara Paxton. Disney had spoken to Kimberly about the possibility of returning for the fourth movie, but, for reasons unknown to her, they decided to go in a different direction. Here they are side-by-side. 4. On The Fosters, Jesus Adams Foster was played by Jake T. Austin for Seasons 1–2. However, he decided to leave the show after learning his role was going to be reduced going forward. He didn’t want to be held back. So, he was replaced by Noah Centineo for Seasons 3–5. In the show, Jesus’s new appearance was the result of surgeries he had to undergo after a car accident. Here they are side-by-side. 5. In The O.C. Season 1, Kaitlin Cooper was portrayed by Shailene Woodley. However, she was recast because she looked too young for the vision the showrunners had for the character in future seasons. Willa Holland took over the role for Seasons 3 and 4. She’s about a year older than Shailene. Here they are side-by-side. 6. On Game of Thrones, Ed Skrein played Daario Naharis in Season 3. He left the show because of “politics.” So, Michiel Huisman took over the role in Season 4. Here they are side-by-side. 7. In Iron Man, Terrence Howard played James Rhodes/War Machine. However, he reportedly declined to reprise the role following a pay dispute. Don Cheadle took over the role in Iron Man 2 and all subsequent Marvel Cinematic Universe projects. Here they are side-by-side. 8. In Avengers: Endgame, Emma Fuhrmann had a brief appearance as an aged-up version of Cassie Lang. However, she was replaced by Kathryn Newton in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Emma didn’t know about the recasting until it was announced at Disney’s Investor Day in 2020. Here they are side-by-side. 9. On Last Man Standing, Alexandra Krosney played eldest daughter Kristin Baxter in Season 1. In Season 2, the character was aged up three years, so she was replaced by Amanda Fuller, who’s four years older than Alexandra. Here they are side-by-side. 10. Similarly, Molly Ephraim played Kristin’s younger sister, Mandy, for Seasons 1–6. She left and found new opportunities because the show was canceled by ABC. However, the show was picked up by Fox, so Molly McCook took over the role for Seasons 7–9. Here they are side-by-side. 11. On a single episode of That ’70s Show Season 1, Pam Burkhart, Jackie’s mom, was played by Eve Plumb. When the character returned in Season 6, she was played by Brooke Shields. Here they are side-by-side. 12. When True Blood introduced James Kent in Season 6, he was played by Luke Grimes. He allegedly walked away from the show because James was going to become a love interest for Lafayette Reynolds, and he didn’t want to play a gay character. Nathan Parsons took over the role for Season 7. Here they are side-by-side. 13. On Riverdale, Reggie Mantle was portrayed by Ross Butler in Seasons 1–2. However, he left because he had a scheduling conflict with 13 Reasons Why, which he felt was a better fit for him as an actor. From Seasons 3–7, Reggie was played by Charles Melton. Here they are side-by-side. 14. And finally, on Boy Meets World, Lily Nicksay played Morgan Matthews for the first two seasons. Series creator Michael Jacobs reportedly decided to recast her because she seemingly no longer enjoyed acting. She was replaced by Lindsay Ridgeway, who’s three years older, for the remaining five seasons. When she made her first appearance on Episode 14, Cory referenced the character’s disappearance, saying, “Morgan, long time, no see!” Here they are side-by-side. On the series finale of Girl Meets World, both actors reprised the role of Morgan. Which TV shows and movies do you think actually did a good job of replacing an actor? Share your answers in the comments!
14 Times TV Shows And Movies Poorly Replaced An Actor

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