10 Actors Who Were Nearly Fired From Iconic Movies

Sometimes a movie’s production process is just as interesting as the completed film. It takes a lot of collaboration to create a finished movie, and that means members of the cast and crew are inevitably going to butt heads trying to reach a consensus. On occasion, the arguments can become so heated they inspire threats of termination, to the point that even famous actors must fear for their job security.

These are a few of the biggest celebrities who have very nearly been fired from some of the biggest roles of their career.

1. Al Pacino, The Godfather

Michael Corleone holds Fredo's face at a party in The Godfather.

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) holds Fredo’s face at a party in The Godfather: Part II | Paramount Pictures

Studio executives in charge of production tried to fire Al Pacino three times from the role that made him an acting icon — Michael Corleone in The Godfather. They thought his restrained performance was “anemic,” but director Francis Ford Coppola trusted Pacino’s performance. Eventually, so did the bigwigs, especially once they saw how he built to the intensity of Michael’s first mob hit in the restaurant scene.