25. Eric Stoltz: Back To The Future
From the get-go, the team behind Back to the Future wanted to cast Michael J. Fox in the lead role of Marty McFly. Only they couldn’t, because the actor was tied up with shooting Family Ties. Instead, they went with another youngster instead: Eric Stoltz. The top people working on the movie (among them director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg) realized weeks into production that Stoltz wasn’t getting many laughs in rough cuts of the film. In a series of awkward moves, they came up with a plan to fire Stoltz and bring in their original choice. Re-casting Stoltz ultimately proved to be a wise business decision. The film went on to gross over $200 million.
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