Fresh Prince of Bel Air Cast, Janet Hubert, Karyn Parsons, Will Smith, James Avery, Tatyana Ali

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One day you're working on a movie or TV project and the next day, you've been Aunt Viv'ed.

Hollywood is not immune to the old manta that every person is replaceable. Actors and directors are replaced all the time for a number of reasons—travel conflicts, financial disagreements and yes, personal reasons. Sometimes people just don't get along.

Such was the case with Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Vivian on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She played the character for three seasons and left the show in 1993 amid a contract dispute and was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid, which came as a surprise to viewers.

Hubert also feuded with main star Will SmithHe has reunited with several of their past co-stars a few times and she never attended the reunions.

Janet Hubert-Whitten, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Roles Recast


Ed Skrein, Michiel Huisman, Game of Thrones, Roles Recast


Eric Stolz, Michael J. Fox, Roles Recast

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Ron Howard, Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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Aimee Richardson, Nell Tiger Free


Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Dornan

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Tobey Maguire, Rafe Spall, Roles Recast

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Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Roles Recast

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Dougray Scott, Hugh Jackman, Roles Recast

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Maura Tierney, Lauren Graham, Roles Recast

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Shia LaBeouf, Ben Foster

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Ryan Gosling, Mark Wahlberg, Roles Recast

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Lindsay Ridgeway, Lily Nicksay, Roles Recast

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Terrence Howard, Don Cheadle, Roles Recast

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Rachel Dratch, Jane Krakowski, Roles Recast

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Tom Selleck, Harrison Ford, Roles Recast

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Alicia Lecy Goranson, Sarah Chalke, Roles Recast


Stuart Townsend, Viggo Mortensen, Roles Recast

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Dick York, Dick Sargent, Roles Recast

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Katie Holmes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Roles Recast

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Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Roles Recast

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Benjamin Bratt, Al Pacino, Roles Recast

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Laura Marano, Lily Jackson, Roles Recast

In 2014, Game of Thrones also replaced English actor Ed Skrein, who had barely appeared as Daenerys Targaryen's boy toy Daario Naharis, with Dutch actor Michiel Huisman.

He told TooFab in 2015 that he did not "walk away" from Game of Thrones, adding, "This is a complicated industry and there's always politics involved."

Movie roles have also been recast for decades. But before the Internet, it was not as widely reported.

Back to the Future's Marty McFly was originally played by Eric Stoltz. After filming for several weeks, he was replaced by Michael J. Fox, a much more well-known star at the time due to the popularity of his sitcom Family Ties.

Directors are also often replaced. Ron Howard stepped in to helm the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired due to "creative differences." Howard had previously starred in Star Wars creator George LucasAmerican Graffiti comedy film and directed the 1988 cult fantasy film Willow, which Lucas also created and executive produced.


"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences,' but for once this cliché is true," Lord and Miller said. "We're really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."

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