14 Actors Who Demanded Changes To The Script

14 Actors Who Demanded Changes To The Script

Thanks to Robert Downey Jr. before saving The Avengers of a sad, shawarma-less existence.


The original ending of The Avengers Iron Man woke up after falling to the floor and asked, “Now what?” But that didn’t impress Robert Downey Jr.

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Downey Jr. got Joss Whedon to trade the moment for “a little faster,resulting in the line about shawarma (and the subsequent scene after the credits).


Chris Farley was the original voice of Shrek, but after he died in 1997, Mike Myers was hired to replace him. Myers re-recorded all of Shrek’s dialogue in his natural Canadian accent, only to ask for it to be re-recorded again in the now iconic Scottish brogue.

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Myers later explained“I always thought Shrek was raised in the working class. And since Lord Farquaad was played English, I thought Scottish.” This change cost DreamWorks about $4-5 million.


When Samuel L. Jackson arrived in Vancouver to film Snakes in an airplane and found that New Line Cinema executives had changed the title to: Silent flight 121, he insisted that it was changed back.

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Jackson argued that the public should know what they’re getting into, reminding the folks at New Line that: A nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th had passed in part because of “snappy titles.”


Shakira thought that Gazelle, the pop star she voiced zootopia, used to be too skinny at first. She begged the makers to “give her some meat,” and they agreed, resulting in a rounder Gazelle.

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In gone girl, Ben Affleck’s character had to wear a baseball cap at an airport to avoid attention, but an argument between the actor and director David Fincher over the team’s hat that production would be shut down for four days.

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Fincher wanted it to be a Yankees cap, but native Bostonian Affleck refused, explaining that he would “never hear the end of it.” The pair eventually compromised on a Mets hat.


Michelle Rodriguez almost stop The Fast and the Furious about a love triangle between her character, Letty Ortiz, Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner, because she didn’t want to cheat “in front of millions of people”, not even fictitious.

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Leonard Nimoy invented the “pinch vulcan nerve” while filming a Star Trek scene where he had to knock Captain Kirk unconscious with a phaser.

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Nimoy thought this gratuitous display of violence didn’t suit Spock, and so the nerve pinch was born.


Anna Kendrick rejected a “damn problematic” storyline in Pitch Perfect 3 that would have romantically linked her character to a music manager, Theo, with whom she already had a professional relationship.

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Kendrick also said no to a kiss between the two during the film’s ending.


When Dwayne Johnson read the script for… rampage, he was not happy that his character, George, was supposed to die, so for about two months he argued for the survival of the main character – and won!

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Johnson explained in a later interview, “I don’t like a sad ending. Life brings that shit — I don’t want it in my movies.”


Liam Neeson Agreed to Star in Seth MacFarlane’s A million ways to die in the West West…as long as he has a “very broad Irish accent.”

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About 10 years earlier, an episode of Family man (created by MacFarlane) included a joke about how absurd it would be for Neeson, “with that funny accent of his,” to star in a western. Neeson apparently never forgot, and MacFarlane was a game, so the outlaw went Irish.


Prince wanted a cameo role On new girl, but he made it very clear that he would not appear in the same episode as Khloé Kardashian and Kris Jenner.

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Prince apparently said the Kardashians, who would appear as guests at an event he hosted, “would never be invited to a Prince party.” Their performances were cut off.


Alan Rickman secretly rewritten parts of the “terrible” Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves script with two friends, Ruby Wax and Peter Barnes, met the latter for editing sessions in a Pizza Express.

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Barnes came up with the sequence when Rickman’s character, the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham, sees two “girls” and says to the first, “You. My room, 10:30 am.” He then says to the second, “You, 10:45.” Wax added another line: “And bring a friend.”


Dacre Montgomery asked the Duffer Brothers, makers of Strange things, for two series that would humanize his character, Billy.

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The first was an aggressive fight between Billy and his father in Season 2, and the second was a flashback to Billy’s childhood relationship with his mother in Season 3. Montgomery said, “That was my attempt with the Duffers to show that side that nobody is just bad.”


And finally, Universal”contractually guaranteed“Tom Cruise almost complete control of the mummy, and Cruise took it to heart.

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He brought in his own screenwriters to “strengthen his role,” and they added a storyline to give Cruise a more dramatic character arc. In addition to these changes, Cruise also oversaw the editing and marketing of the film. It eventually lost $95 million.

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