Sometimes Hollywood really cares about what we think.
Hollywood is certainly not new to poor casting choices and the public reaction that comes with it. Most of the time, they don’t care and move on with their choices. Many other times, after a movie is released, the poor casting choices become iconic roles…
…but not this eight times. In the following examples, Hollywood decided to listen to the backlash and make changes.
Scarlett Johansson had to resign Carpet and tugboat due to backlash from the LGBTQ+ community.
Will Ferrell was cast to play an old version of Ronald Reagan in the upcoming movie reagan, but left due to public reactions – including from the former president’s daughter.
Zendaya left Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B due to the film’s production values and was replaced by Alexandra Shipp.
Sacha Baron Cohen quits Bohemian Rhapsody partly due to opposition from existing members of Queen.
Leonardo Dicaprio left Mel Gibson’s Berserker after his infamous racist rant was leaked online.
Ed Skrein had to withdraw from the hellboy reboot due to whitewashing allegations.
Johnny Depp was taken out of the Fantastic Beasts franchise after Amber Heard’s allegation of domestic violence.
Gina Carano was fired from The Mandalorian (and in fact the entire Star Wars universe) after posting hateful comments online.