Everyone has regrets, and most adults have been fired or let go of at least one job they’ve had. But what if you were an actor who was fired from a leading role in a blockbuster movie? Or worse, a blockbuster movie that also became an honored and beloved classic film. This is the situation that has befallen many actors—sometimes with tragic results. Even some of the biggest stars in the world have been fired from movies that went on to be extremely popular and set up lucrative franchises. And while we’ll never know exactly how these actors feel about the fish that got away, it is worth considering some of the most shocking firings in movie history.
20. Colin Firth, Paddington (2014)
Best known to American audiences for his Academy Award-winning performance in The King’s Speech and starring in the Kingsman series, English actor Colin Firth was initially signed on to 2014’s Paddington to voice the adorable title bear. Firth actually completed voice-over work for the entire film but once producers saw the finished product, they concluded that Firth’s mature vocal tone just wasn’t the right fit for the character. Fortunately, it sounds like both parties were in agreement, as Firth reportedly felt the same way about his performance and consented to Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) being brought in as his replacement.