1. CHRIS COOPER – ‘THE RING’
In the first cut of horror flick The Ring, Oscar-winner Chris Cooper appears in the opening scene as a child murderer being interviewed by Naomi Watts’ character. In the ending, he re-appears after Watts realizes the power of the cursed videotape and leaves him a copy. Following preview screenings, audiences found Cooper’s re-appearance at the end distracting—they wanted to see more of him—so his entire role was cut.
2. ASHLEY JUDD – ‘NATURAL BORN KILLERS’
Many scenes from the trial portion of this Quentin Tarantino-written and Oliver Stone-directed film about a serial killer couple were shot but left out of the final cut. Judd’s role as young witness Grace Mulberry was one such moment. She testifies against the murderous duo after witnessing them butcher all of her friends at a sleepover. Conducting their defense, Woody Harrelson’s Mickey wanders freely around the courtroom cross-examining her before he stabs her straight in the heart. Stone cut it for time restraints.
3. HARRISON FORD – ‘E.T.’
4. PAUL RUDD – ‘BRIDESMAIDS’
Wiig revealed that test audiences did not take well to seeing Rudd play against type. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress said, “We had so much fun the days he was there and [cutting him] was so incredibly painful. Our first cut was so long. It’s the hardest thing to have to cut stuff.”
5. UMA THURMAN – ‘SAVAGES’
6 AND 7. HARVEY KEITEL AND JENNIFER JASON LEIGH – ‘EYES WIDE SHUT’
8. TOBEY MAGUIRE – ‘LIFE OF PI’
9. ANDY GARCIA – ‘DANGEROUS MINDS’
10. MICKEY ROURKE – ‘THE THIN RED LINE’
11. RACHEL WEISZ – ‘TO THE WONDER’
12. KEVIN COSTNER – ‘THE BIG CHILL’
BONUS: NEARLY THE ENTIRE CAST OF CURSED
Steven Spielberg cast his Raiders of the Lost Ark star as the principal of Elliott’s school. Other than Elliott’s mother, another adult’s face wasn’t shown until the third act, so Ford was always filmed from behind. Ford reprimands the youngster after the scene where Elliott frees all of the frogs about to be dissected. His scenes were ultimately cut for time.Cursed, the werewolf horror movie by Scream director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson, suffered a plague of problems from the start. Shooting commenced and, with the majority of the film in the can, production came to a halt. Script issues were cited as the cause of the delay, which led to many actors unable to return a year later for the re-shoots. Following a huge overhaul and complete rewrite, Skeet Ulrich, James Brolin, Illeana Douglas, Robert Forster, Omar Epps, Heather Langenkamp, Scott Foley, Mandy Moore, and Corey Feldman were all excised.Terrence Malick has a reputation for offering actors the experience of a lifetime: the chance to work with a legendary filmmaker. Of course, he never guarantees that they’ll actually end up seeing their performance on the big screen. Mickey Rourke’s involvement in this sprawling World War II epic was nixed due to Malick’s method of discovering the “true film” during the editing process. Needless to say, Rourke was devastated when what he considered his best work to date never made it to the big screen. Instead, it popped up on the DVD extras.When Annie (Kristen Wiig) tries to get back in the dating scene, she spends an evening with Dave, played by Paul Rudd. Their date at a skating rink goes awry when he falls on the ice and turns into a rude know-it-all.